Did your baby skip crawling?
As parents, we get super excited when our babies start crawling. Some of us have those babies that scoot on their butts as they move across the floor. Some parents have babies that scoot across the floor on their bellies. There are even babies that prefer to roll across the floor to get to their destination.
Then some skip the crawling stage completely. Is that safe for a baby to skip an important stage? There is absolutely nothing wrong when a baby skips this milestone. If their gross motor skills work to get them standing, scooting, or rolling over, the motor skills are functioning well. Is there any reason this happens?
Opinions vary. Many say it is due to a lack of tummy time. There is no concrete evidence that cognitive or learning functions are affected by the baby or his method of moving.
1. Tummy, tummy, tummy
It is advised to begin tummy time as soon as you can so the baby becomes used to it. Remain next to the baby to prevent any unexpected issues. As your baby grows, they begin to gain strength in their neck and arms. Tummy time becomes easier when they discover that they can lean on their arms and lift their head to see toys or stare at mommy and daddy.
2. Fun, fun, fun
Make tummy time an enjoyable time for your baby. When you lay down next to your baby and talk, sing or play with toys, the baby realizes they are not alone. They feel the security of having you near them.
3. Lean on me
In the early stage, help your baby lean up on her hands. Support her belly as you hold her up on her arms. When you do this off and on, she gets used to the feeling.
4. Toys and more toys
Place toys on the floor in front of her so she can see them as she is up. The bright colors, toys with music will attract her attention and begin to motivate her into moving.
5. Show her the horizon
Also, at this early stage, before she gets up on her hands and knees on her own, you can roll up a hand towel and place it under her chest. You do not want it to be a hard roll, that could bother the baby and ruin tummy time altogether. So a loosely rolled hand towel would be sufficient.
6. Make her smile
Many babies will fuss and cry during tummy time. It is not an intentional action on their part. Tummy time is not something that babies have gotten used to. More tummy time is recommended, so they get used to it. This is a common circumstance in many families. Parents need to ensure that tummy time is happening so that their baby gains strength in their arms and legs.
7. Milestones, Shmilestone
Do not focus so much on the milestones. Crawling is not that much of an important milestone. If your baby scoots on her belly, her rump, or her back, this can technically be considered the same as crawling. It is a motion of moving forward or backward to get to a different location.
8. The danger is not there
So many times, parents will be scoffed at and told not to let the baby stand on his or her legs yet. They will state the bones are too soft, and if you allow your baby to stand, the bowing will remain or get worse. This is entirely not true. The baby’s legs are bowed due to being in the womb. The baby begins to stretch his arms and legs immediately after birth. Allowing an infant to stand on his feet is putting pressure on the bones. But, that pressure is the type of pressure the bones need to straighten out.
9. Two sides to an argument
On the other side of the spectrum, babies do need that arm strength. This arm strength is needed to hold a fork or spoon, pencils as they get older, and many other things. This does not mean that the baby must crawl to gain that strength. When they pull themself along on the floor with their arms, it is helping. Parents should still try to focus on a little extra assistance to help the baby to be able to have the arm power.
10. Benefits required
The physical benefits are vital for a developing baby to a child. It gives a boost to large and refined movements. The hand-eye coordination and balance are important to a child; it helps them to stand and helps them build overall strength.
11. Tempting enticing
Some ways may entice your baby to move more as far as crawling. If you place a new toy just out of their reach, they may decide to try to reach it. You can lay down and try to get the baby to come to you. This is kind of a catch me if you can game.
12. Remember…hey look
Remember, babies do not focus on one thing for very long. Their short attention span may require lots of colorful toys or a variety that can be switched out.
Before you know it, or before you are ready, your child will be pulling themselves up to walk while holding the furniture. You, as a parent, make this task happen by helping your baby build the strength they need. Although milestones such as crawling are not one that is mandatory, it will help as the child grows. For that fact, even as an adult, crawling is important to remember. As you age, you may fall, and no one is there to assist you to stand up again.
If you have not retained the coordination, it takes to crawl. You could be stuck on the floor for a long period. We, as parents, are the baby’s first teachers. This teaching can be fun for both you and your baby. Get down on the floor and enjoy the world from your child’s viewpoint. Help him or her to get on hands and knees, show them how to move forward, and help them to learn balance. You never know when those simple milestones will benefit you as you get older.