When Do Babies Start Crawling

When Do Babies Start Crawling


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The skill to crawl is one of the first significant advance of a nursling. Of course, before crawling, children learn to raise their head, keep their back and turn over, but crawling can be regarded as the very first step on the way to walking, because unlike others, this skill allows a child to move on his own.

When do Babies Start Crawling

The majority of children stand up on all fours in 6 months and master crawling by 7 months. Further, the rapid development of other skills begins – the baby sits on his own, stands up near a support, takes the first steps by the hand.

It is to be noted that one can not paint all children with the same brush– not all the children are able to crawl in the seven-month age – and it does not at all mean that something is wrong with a child.

The child will be able to crawl only if his muscles became durable enough, because of that nurslings, who are regularly put out on their abdomen, begin to crawl earlier. Of course, babies spending a large part of time on their back react with a violent protest to the putting out and the parents return them at once to the departure position not wishing to upset their tots.

And one just needs to get a little bit creative and turn the stay of a tot on the abdomen into an interesting game – put a bright toy in the range of reach of a child, show that it is possible to rich it out or lay on the abdomen yourself and try to get a toy trying to outrace each other.

Find the way to interest the child in a stay on the abdomen, because putting out on the abdomen strengthens muscles of the back and neck used at crawling and simultaneously muscles of the anterior abdominal wall as well, which is a good prevention of an umbilical hernia emergence.

Crawling - Important Stage of Each Child Development

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Many parents are proud that their child began to walk at once having crossed through the stage of crawling, not remembering (or without knowing) that crawling is a very important for the inclusive development of a nursling.

First, crawling is the main walking preparation stage, because it contributes to strengthening of muscles necessary for walking, enhancing motion coordination and ability to be directed in the space.

Second, fine motor skills are developed better by the crawling children, to which hold on palms contributes. It will be simpler for such children to keep a spoon in their hand and draw.

The majority of children, who missed crawling, return to this stage early or late, catching up lost, therefore one does not need to reprove the child, who already confidently stands on his feet, for a desire to crawl during a play.

How Help a Baby to Crawl

If you see that the baby does not hurry to crawl, you are capable of help. First of all, the child must have a stimulus to self-reliant movement, accordingly, the tot, to whom any desired item is immediately delivered right to his hands, does not have such a stimulus.

So if the child is physically ready for crawling, usually it is enough to put somehow close to him an item, which he would wish to get. Admittedly, in this situation, some babies will try to get to the object not by crawling, but turning over because they already possess this skill perfectly. In such a situation, a personal example rescues many parents – stand up on all fours and show the child that there is a more convenient and faster means of movement than verticity.

And, of course, now, when, the child starts to crawl, one should care for safety of the surrounding furnishings. Outlets, corners, sharp objects, a hanging tablecloth – the acquaintance with these objects will not only break off the child's desire to move on his own, but can also lead to much more serious consequences.

Favour of Crawling For a Child

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1. It develops motor skills

At crawling, all the groups of muscles of the limbs, as well as of the entire body are included in work. Crawling, a child uses his hands and his legs to move forward, and this, in its turn, develops the trunk and the limb muscles. Gradually, the muscles become more durable, providing a balance and stability of a baby's hands and legs.

2. It develops fine motor skills

Crawling develops motor-visual coordination and it forms skills of control of small muscles of the body. Promptness stimulates dexterity of hands. In addition, crawling will help in future, when the child uses skills of manual dexterity while writing, reading, sewing and in other kinds of activity.

3. It makes stable and strengthens the spine

When a child begins to crawl, he learns to operate not only his hands and legs, but he also develops muscles, which strengthen the spine. In the future, it will remove problems related to bearing.

4. It stimulates visual development

Crawling, the child uses technology called "binocular vision", which includes continuous eye movement from the floor to the direction, where he moves. The continuous adjustments in vision sense form a quick reaction, which will prove useful for future reading and writing skills.

5. It develops the vestibular apparatus

Crawling excellently develops the vestibular apparatus, which is interconnected with an overall balance of a child and contributes to improvement of the balance.

6. It develops the brain

It is known, that the right hemisphere controls the left half of the body and the left hemisphere handles the right half of the body. At crawling, both hands and legs work simultaneously. And thus, both the left and the right hemispheres of the brain work in cooperation mutually supplementing each other. When a child crawls, mobile nerve impulses swap between two hemispheres of the brain with incredible speed. It contributes to the development of the neurological skills, which in the adult age will allow to carry out complex tasks, for example, to drive a car.

The experts recommend to refrain from the use of a walker. Everything that is important for a tot is your support, love and patience. Let the baby explore the world gradually. The development milestone inheres to each child and it is meaningless to hurry him. Let the baby develop in a natural way, delighting you by his achievements and successful cognition of the world.

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