Most babies learn to crawl between 6 – 14 months. It typically occurs after your baby has been able to sit well unsupported around 5 – 7 months. However some babies never crawl, instead opting for bottom shuffling, creeping on their stomachs, or developing a ‘duck-waddle’, which causes unnecessary strain on their lower back ligaments.
All babies need to have ‘ tummy time ‘ . They spend a lot of time lying on their backs and they are frequently kept upright in the life we lead today – in car seats, baby carriers, bouncers, prams and strollers, which means that unless you do ‘ tummy time ‘ with your baby, it may lead to a delay in the development of his gross motor skills.
Get down on your hands and knees and crawl across the room. This is a great opportunity to understand how difficult crawling may be for your baby and especially if your floors are hardwood, tiles, or slate.
Your baby will love seeing you on the floor so place him next to you so he can learn and enjoy the closeness. Sometimes you may need to position your baby in a crawling position.
If he bottom shuffles or crawls backwards show him what to do. You can create a game by placing a toy in front of you both and crawling towards it.
Make sure you give lots of praise !
How To Encourage Crawling With Your Baby: http://youtu.be/vaQ37AnZpU4
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