Crawling is a significant milestone in a baby's development and plays a crucial role in their physical and cognitive growth. Here are three easy ways to encourage it:
Sidesitting: Start by seating your baby on the floor with one leg in front and the other behind, guiding them to reach for an intriguing object, like the rattle ball from the Baby Bauhaus Set encouraging a shift in weight and potential hand support.
Kneeling: Position your baby in a low kneel with their hands on a nearby surface, to help them become more at ease with supporting their weight on their knees.
On hands and knees: Place your baby on their belly across one of your legs, gently swaying them back and forth to let them experience the sensation of bearing weight on their hands and knees. To boost their motivation, present the Mirror Cube from the Baby Bauhaus Sewithin view, enticing them to push up and explore their own reflection.
When your little one starts to crawl, their brain, muscles, and senses all come into play:
🧠 Brain Boost: Crawling engages different brain regions, fostering neural connections and strengthening their cognitive architecture.
💪 Muscle Magic: It's a workout for their arms, legs, shoulders, and core, promoting muscle strength and coordination.
👀 Visual Wizards: Crawling enhances their visual and spatial skills as they explore their surroundings from a new angle.
🤸♂️ Balance & Coordination: It's all about balance and coordination, refining their motor skills.
↔️ Crossing the Midline: Crossing the midline helps brain hemisphere communication, crucial for future skills like reading and writing.
😊 Emotional Milestone: Crawling builds autonomy, confidence, and independence.
Crawling occurs around 7-12 months of age but it's essential to remember that every baby's journey is unique. Some may crawl early, while others may skip it, choosing different methods of mobility.