My baby is not crawling, should I be worried?
Did you know some babies skip crawling? Yes, you read that right! Some babies don’t crawl, they go from sitting to scooting to pulling themselves to stand and walk by their first birthday. Always remember, each baby follows it’s own unique path to development and we as parents need to tune into our baby rather than being competitive and comparing with other babies around (No two siblings achieve milestones at same time too).
As parents, it is completely normal to feel worried about our children's development, so if you are concerned that your baby hasn't started crawling yet, let’s read through and know more about it.
At times parents only consider movement on all four as crawl. But we should be focussed on any bodily movement done by babies to explore their environment. The crawl movement might look different for different babies, it all depends on how the baby chooses to move his parts to reach to the object he desires.
There are broadly 6 types of crawling;
1. The Commando crawling - Commando crawling called belly crawling is when baby drags his stomach against the floor to move forward. Imagine how army soldiers crawl under the wire, your little soldier aka baby might be doing just that :)
2. The Cross Crawling - Babies weight stays on his/her hands and knees. She/he uses one arm and the opposite knee at the same time to move forward.
3. The Bear Crawling - She crawls like a bear walking on her hands and feet keeping her elbows and knees straight above the ground most of the time.
4. The Crab Crawling - The Children who crab crawl push themselves reverse or sideways through hands like a crab. Few babies are practice on it. To you it might feel like he is dragging one of the leg.
5. The Bottom Scoot - Baby scoot around on their butt, they use their arms to move forwards while bottom shifts. It will feel like they are moving while sitting :)
6. The Rolling Crawling - Who would want to crawl when you can just roll to your things! :D
What is the importance of Crawling for Babies?
Most of the children begin to crawl between the ages of 6 and 9 months. Crawling is good for babies as it does;
- Builds up their hand, leg muscles and strengthens core
- Hand Eye co-ordination increases as they look around and the brain directs them to pick objects.
- Right and left brain coordination increases as it receives many signals at the same time like sight, sound, movement etc.
- Learn to take decisions while crawling as they decide about their next move and this builds confidence in them
What can I do to support the crawling process?
- Give your baby plenty of tummy time, starting from birth. By playing on their bellies, babies develop the muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, back and trunk that helps them learn to crawl.
Encourage your baby to reach for the toys she is interested in. Lay interesting toys at just a short distance from your almost-crawler. See if she is able to move herself toward these objects. You can pick toys from our
DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY KIT LEVEL 4 BASIC.
- Make sure your baby has space to explore that is safe and supervised. Now is the time to begin baby proof your home. Take a walk through (or better yet, a crawl-through) your home and see what potential hazards may be at your baby’s level.
- Place the palms of your hands behind your child’s feet when he is on all fours. This stabilizes him and gives him something to “push off” from when he is just learning to crawl.