The importance of crawling in babies

The importance of crawling in babies

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Crawling in babies is a very complete exercise. Between 8 and 10 months they usually acquire the ability to crawl, and they are able to go all over the house and search all its corners.

The interesting thing about crawling is that the child acquires the ability to move and interact with his environment, trains his motor coordination, his visual-motor coordination, learns to calculate distances; it is important on a physical and intellectual level.

Some babies don't want to crawl, and parents must 'teach' them to do it. Crawling is very beneficial for manual and visual coordination, in it all four limbs move in a crossed pattern, and crawling should always be achieved prior to walking. In the crawl, the left arm is advanced with the right knee, and then the other way around, the right arm with the left knee. The beginnings are difficult, but after a few weeks they can reach impressive speeds.

To crawl the baby needs to coordinate and support all four limbs. Your arms, legs, and abs must support the weight of your body. Here are some tips to help your baby crawl:

- The baby has to be able to support himself on his arms if he is 'face down'. For them we must insist on this exercise from a few months of age, always with games and watching the baby, without losing sight of him.

- We can also offer you objects while lying 'on your back' so that you learn to raise arms and legs, trying to reach it and strengthen the muscles of the extremities.

- A step prior to crawling is the crawling stage. Sometimes the baby moves backwards instead of forwards, but nothing happens, it is a matter of practice. We can gently press the soles of his feet with the palms of our hands when he tries to crawl to give him a little momentum, thus he will be able to move forward, it will even help him to lift the trunk and stand on all four limbs.

- To try to lift the belly off the ground we can place our thighs under his abdomen (the child in a tummy position), and gently raising and lowering our thighs up and down teach him to lift his tummy. Even if a cloth band is placed as a belt under your chest, the baby can be lifted a little (taking care not to hit the head).

- When he is more experienced in crawling, we can put objects such as cushions, so that he can overcome obstacles or avoid them. It is also good to teach him to lower his back from the highest places, such as a step or a large suitcase; if it is placed head-first, we must tirelessly turn it around!

Crawling opens a world of possibilities for the baby to explore, so they are also exposed to more dangers and accidents. Don't forget that they must always be under the supervision of an adult.

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