Your Child can now push up with the elbows while laying on the stomach — it’s a sign that your child’s upper body is becoming stronger, getting ready for crawling.
During the first two months of life, babies aren’t able to hold their heavy head upright. As they gain strength and develop more muscle mass in their back, neck, and arms, they are now able to push themselves up. This is known as the pre-crawling milestone, which prepares them for any future milestones, such as crawling, sitting upright, standing, and walking.
How to support this development
You can make this easier for Your Child by placing a rolled-up towel underneath your baby’s chest during tummy time and then removing the towel as their strength develops. As Your Child figures out the movement pattern, you can also try gently pressing down on your little one’s legs to create a steady anchor that will support this movement.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (11 June 2021)