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6 ways to help babyê crawling (with vídeo)

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6 ways to help babyê crawling (with vídeo)
6 ways to help babyê crawling (with vídeo)

The baby usually starts to crawl between 6 and 10 months, because at this stage he can lie on his stomach with his head held high and has enough strength in his shoulders and arms, and also in his back and on the trunk to be able to crawl.

Therefore, if the baby is already interested in crawling and is able to sit alone, without support, his caregivers can help him to crawl with some simple strategies, such as the following:

  1. Lift baby in the air: while talking or singing to him, because this makes him contract the abdominal muscles that will help him learn to crawl;
  2. Leaving the baby on the floor most of the time, lying on his stomach: avoiding placing the baby in the highchair or highchair, makes the baby gets used to the floor and develops greater muscle strength in the shoulders, arms, back and torso, preparing to crawl;
  3. Placing a mirror in front of the baby when the baby is lying on his stomach: because this makes him attracted to your image and makes him want to be more approach the mirror;
  4. Put baby's toys away from him: so he can try to pick it up himself.
  5. Place one of your hands on the sole of the baby's foot, when he is already on his stomach: This will make him naturally, when stretching, push against hands and crawl.
  6. Crawling beside the baby: when observing how it is done, the baby tends to want to imitate the movement, facilitating its learning.

Most babies start to crawl at 6 months, but each child develops in a different way and you cannot compare their development with that of other children. However, if the baby is already 10 months old and still cannot crawl, there may be a delay in development, which should be investigated by the pediatrician.

Watch the video to see how your baby develops and how you can help him crawl:

How to ensure the safety of a crawling baby

To ensure the safety of the baby who is crawling, and discovering a new world in front of him, you should:

  • Cover all wall sockets and eliminate all wires that could cause accidents;
  • Remove objects from the floor that the baby might swallow, trip over or injure;
  • Dress the baby in clothes that make it easier to move;
  • Do not leave sheets and blankets on the floor that could suffocate the baby.

A good tip is to put on baby knee pads to prevent the little knees from turning red and put on socks or shoes so that the feet don't get cold.

Furthermore, the baby's shoes that are crawling should be reinforced on the front to protect the little toes and make them last longer.

After the baby is able to crawl by himself, it is likely that in a few months he will start to venture out and want to walk, standing on the shelf or on the couch, training his body balance. In this next stage of child development, it may seem tempting to put your baby in a walker so that he learns to walk faster, however this is not ideal. Here's how to teach your baby to walk faster.

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