Crawling is one of the important milestones Your Child will reach early in life, and it usually happens between six and ten months of age.
Here are five ways to encourage Your Child to crawl:
Give Your Child plenty of tummy time: Tummy time is the time spent on the tummy, and it is one of the best ways to strengthen Your Child’s neck, shoulder, arm, leg, and back muscles. It prepares your baby to enter the crawling stage of development.
Teach Your Child to rock on hands and knees: Teach your little one how to stay on the hands and knees. When Your Child is good with this, encourage the baby to rock back and forth in this position to improve balancing. Playing music in the background may help.
Let Your Child play in front of a mirror: Babies are naturally curious and will always try to reach out to the image they are seeing in the mirror. If you place Your Child in front of a mirror, the little one will try to reach out to the image, which encourages crawling movement.
Crawl with Your Child: You can get on the floor and try to demonstrate some crawling movements like push-ups. Your Child will try to copy what you are doing. Brining Your Child to playdates with others who can already crawl is another big motivator for children to keep up with the competition.
Use toys to encourage crawling: When your baby starts making attempts at crawling, you can place a toy a little distance away so that Your Child will be prompted to go and pick it. Another option is to use a toy that moves, such as a toy car. In attempting to catch the toy, Your Child is learning how to crawl.
Dr. Prapasri Nuntnarumit (Developmental psychologist) (31 March 2021)