Sitting in the pediatrician’s waiting room, waiting for Joey’s 9 month well visit… I was a nervous wreck! He wasn’t crawling yet, and while I KNOW that crawling can begin anywhere between 7 – 10 months, I was still afraid of what the doctor would say. Lo and behold, during the (very long) wait…he crawled across the waiting room floor for the first time. PHEW! Now I needed to disinfect him, but who cares! He crawled!
As therapists, we always encourage babies to crawl. It’s just SO GOOD for so many reasons! It really aids in the development of EVERY developmental domain (cognitive, personal/social, gross motor, fine motor, communication). Here are just SOME of the benefits:
These are just a few benefits! So, how can we encourage crawling? Get down on the floor with your baby. Crawl together. Make it fun! Be silly! Crawl over uneven surfaces, such as pillows or your legs. Put a toy just out of reach, and encourage them to crawl to it. Open a large box on both sides, or use a tunnel, and crawl through.
How have you encouraged crawling? Did your child skip crawling? Did they end up crawling later? Share your story with us!