The Milestones in Baby Development

What to Consider When Your Baby Starts to Crawl

7 Aug, 2023

Learning to crawl is one of the big milestones of early childhood, and in many ways it is the start of the long road to independence for your little one. Not every child does it at the same age, but generally crawling starts between the ages of six and ten months, and babies will employ many different techniques, from the ‘classic’ crawl to the bottom shuffle and the crab walk – there’s no right way to do it, just whatever works for your little one! You can encourage your baby to start crawling by placing a toy just out of his reach, then moving the toy a little bit further away each time. This stimulates their curiosity and gives them an incentive to move.  But remember that each baby learns at his or her own pace, so be careful not to frustrate your child if they don’t get it right first time!

Whilst this is an exciting time for everyone, it’s important to take a bit of time to make your home safe and crawler-friendly. A crawling child can easily get themselves into trouble! Here are some tips to help you to prepare your home for the newly mobile terror!

Stairs and steps represent one of the biggest risks to babies, so you should use strong stair gates to help keep them safe. Either that or move to a bungalow, the choice is yours!

1. Create a Safe Environment

Crawling opens up a whole new world for your baby to explore, which also means more potential hazards. It's crucial to baby-proof your home to create a safe and secure environment for your little one. Get down to their level and inspect your living space from their perspective to identify potential dangers. Cover electrical outlets, secure furniture to the walls, use safety gates, and remove small objects that could be choking hazards. By ensuring a safe environment, you'll give your baby the freedom to explore without constant worries.

2. Foster Independence

Crawling marks the beginning of your baby's journey towards independence. Encourage this spirit by allowing them to explore their surroundings without constantly intervening. Giving them the space to crawl and discover on their own builds confidence and enhances their problem-solving skills. Remember to cheer them on during this adventure, and be there to lend a helping hand if needed.

3. Keep a Watchful Eye

While encouraging independence, it's important to keep a watchful eye on your baby, especially during this exploratory phase. Crawling can lead them to unexpected places or potential dangers, so supervise them as much as possible. It might be beneficial to crawl around with them to experience their world firsthand. You'll not only ensure their safety but also share in the joy of their discoveries.

4. Celebrate Achievements

Every milestone achieved during the crawling phase is worth celebrating. From the first awkward crawl to the confident maneuvering, each step is a testament to their growth and development. Capture these precious moments through photos and videos, and share them with your loved ones. Celebrate their achievements with applause and encouraging words; it'll not only boost their self-esteem but also strengthen the bond between you and your little one.

5. Introduce Crawling Toys

To enhance your baby's crawling experience and stimulate their development, consider introducing crawling toys. These specially designed toys can inspire your baby to crawl further and explore their surroundings with greater enthusiasm. Look for toys that promote movement, sensory exploration, and cognitive development. As your baby interacts with these toys, their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination will improve, setting the stage for future learning and growth.

6. Consider Suitable Clothing

When it comes to dressing your baby while they are crawling, comfort and flexibility are key. Choose clothing that allows unrestricted movement, such as soft, stretchy fabrics like cotton. Avoid clothes with buttons, zips, or anything that might cause discomfort while crawling. Opt for one-piece outfits or separates that won't bunch up or hinder their movement. As for bedtime, sleeping bags with feet can be a fantastic alternative to standard sleeping bags. This innovative sleepwear option provides the cosy warmth and security of a traditional sleeping bag while allowing your little crawler the freedom to move their legs and explore their cot. With sleeping bags with feet, your baby can enjoy a peaceful night's sleep while still being able to wiggle and stretch, promoting better rest and peaceful slumber for both baby and parents.

As your baby takes their first steps into the world of crawling, it's a time filled with excitement, wonder, and growth. Before you know it, they'll be walking, running, and filling your life with even more love and laughter. Enjoy the journey!