6 Proven Steps To Get Your Baby Crawling In No Time
by Dalene Joubert
Very few parents realize how many powerful child development benefits can be unlocked by encouraging their baby to crawl at an earlier age.
You may not be aware that encouraging your baby to crawl holds an important key for better future performance. But whether you’re aware of it or not, fact is… you should seriously consider persuading baby crawling at an earlier age.
Crawling is one of the very basic child activities that must be carried out to get every bit of stimulation needed for optimum development.
Crawling helps your baby to:
- become stronger
- develop vital motor skills
- learn the surroundings faster
- improve visual skills
- boost physical abilities
Given enough time, baby crawling may happen instinctively. But crawling may also not happen naturally if your child doesn’t endure lying on his/her stomach.
In fact, babies with poor head control often don’t like lying on their stomachs. Just ask yourself what you will do if you’re looking at the carpet the whole time?
What this means is that even at this early age Baby may then be developing at a slower rate than normal.
Now, there is an easy yet powerful and proven technique to stimulate baby crawling. In fact, it’s so powerful it will surely speed up any baby to crawl. In essence this technique makes Baby more tolerable to stomach lying.
Best of all, you can safely use it on babies as young as 3 months old.
Here’s the exact technique to get your baby crawling in six easy steps.
Place your baby on his/her stomach on a carpet on the floor.
Gently hold Baby by the elbows and draw both elbows towards Baby’s body as if Baby wants to lie on his/her elbows. Continue to provide support.
Measure, or try to get some measure of the distance between the floor and Baby’s upper body in the supported position.
Get a roller with approximately the same diameter as you’ve just measured. Rollers are soft cylindrical shaped toys… preferably solid. You do get inflatable ones, but solid ones normally last much longer and can also be a valuable aid to get Baby to sit and walk. The roller will be placed underneath Baby’s upper body for support. It’s important that you don’t buy the roller too big. Baby’s elbows must still reach the floor when lying on the roller.
Put the roller underneath Baby’s upper body… arms hanging over the front of the roller. This supported position also allow Baby to lift his/her head and discover the surroundings.
Get down on the floor directly in front of Baby, face towards Baby. Now, let Baby look at your face while you talk to, amuse and encourage Baby.
Step 6 is definitely the most important step of this activity. And… Baby will surely endure longer sessions and crawl sooner if you do it well.
Remember, Baby should focus on you and naturally develop a sense of using both legs for support. In no time you’ll see Baby supporting the body on both knees and straight arms… ready to crawl.
The power of this roller lies in helping to raise Baby’s upper body and to look at the surroundings… all while lying down.
And guess what?
You only need to spend 3-5 minutes daily to get results. But better still… results will come even faster if you can do more than one session per day.
Trouble is, many parents are reluctant to buy any educational toys or aids such as rollers. Too expensive is often the criticism. But, the trick is really to ask how many other uses can you find for the roller. In this case you can definitely use a roller to speed up sitting and walking.
The bottom line is… getting your baby crawling is easy, critically important… yet, often neglected. But with this easy, affordable method it’s a breeze.
Dalene Joubert, an experienced occupational therapist likes to share how to use educational toys and craft to improve baby, toddler and child development.