Methods to help your baby crawl and a variety of crawling toys recommendation.
As babies grow up, crawling is a very meaningful process. Crawling is a transitional posture for babies from lying to standing. We need to be patient and guide step by step because this is a very important skill for babies.
Crawling allows the baby to explore a wider range, and all the baby's exploration is meaningful, it is exercise and learning. The development of every ability of the baby promotes the development of other abilities.
However, parents don’t have to worry too much about babies who can walk without the process of crawling. Some articles say that if the baby does not crawl, it will lead to weak balance, limbs, sensory incoordination, poor sense of space, etc. There is no scientific basis.
We encourage as much as possible, do what parents can do, and wait for the baby to "making sense" the rest. It doesn't matter if the baby walks without the process of crawling. Every baby has its own unique growth process.
During the period of helping the baby learn to crawl, in addition to the companionship and cooperation of the parents, you can also use some toys and auxiliary tools. Today this article will introduce them one by one, hoping to help the babies who are learning to crawl or are about to learn to crawl.
How to help baby crawl?
Not every baby can learn to crawl quickly. Some babies do need some outside help to master the skills of crawling, while others may be able to learn to crawl with just some guides.
◤Start from the prone position◢
The first step in learning to crawl is to ensure that the baby has enough time to play on his stomach during infancy. Lying on your stomach, this posture helps to strengthen your baby's neck strength, is also very helpful for head bone development, and can reduce the chance of flat-head.
Lying on the stomach also helps babies learn to support their bodies with their hands. As long as they lift their knees, it will be the first step in crawling!
My baby can crawl forward with his hands sooner after turning over when he was 4 months old. And a few more days, he mastered both hands and feet and was able to crawl forward relatively quickly.
When the strength of the arms and thighs is stronger, they will naturally support the body, and the climbing speed will increase.
◤Parents personal demonstration◢
Once the baby learns to support his body with his hands and knees, mom and dad can start teaching them how to climb forward. We can learn the baby's posture on the ground, and then slowly move the hands and knees forward one step at a time.
In this process, the baby needs to be aware of how to complete the forward movement. Mom and dad should learn the way about how to encourage the baby to crawl, such as give appropriate eye and language affirmation.
◤Push the baby's limbs◢
Mom and Dad can also move the baby's hands and knees gently: behind the baby, place two palms on the bottom of the baby's feet and push one foot. This process may be a little difficult, we need to be patient in teaching and pay attention to the feedback given by the baby.
If the baby doesn't want to learn, don't force him, let him play for a while before trying. You can also try to gently lift your baby's waist and shoulders, let their hands and knees leave the ground slightly and guide their hands and knees to move forward.
If your baby finally "takes" the first step with your help, hold him steady while helping him to move on. This is of great significance to the baby, which means that he is about to learn to crawl! It's just that his physical strength is not enough for the time being, and all you need to do is to wait patiently.
◤Set obstacle method◢
If you teach your baby to crawl on the bed or on the sofa, you can use pillow covers or some soft objects to assemble obstacles of different heights and patterns to drive your baby to crawl.
The exploratory obstacle blocking method will also keep the baby's crawling interest for a relatively long time, allowing the baby to learn to persist. But be careful not to be too difficult when setting up obstacles, so as not to dispel the enthusiasm of the baby.
◤Learn to use toys◢
As the baby grows, they gradually learn to support the body with their hands and feet, and then they start to rock back and forth and try to move forward and back. Then you can use toys to help your baby learn to crawl.
A. Crawling mat
Crawling mats are something that parents must buy during the entire growth stage of babies. It can not only create good crawling conditions for babies, but also allow them to play on the mats. Compared with beds and sofas, crawling mats are safer and more convenient for babies to use. Compared with the floor at home, crawling mats are soft and clean enough.
I recommend a crawling mat with a solid color or a relatively plain color. The first is to look good and not make the home look messy, and the second is to let the baby concentrate on learning to crawl.
Babies like to chase all kinds of moving objects, all kinds of objects that can make sounds. I think most babies will like it. There are many spherical toys, with different sizes, shapes, colors and functions.
You can use the ball to interact with your baby, throw the ball out, and encourage them to climb beside the ball by themselves. It is also possible for the parents to hold the ball aside and use words to motivate the baby to keep him crawling forward. You can change several directions and exercise your baby's steering coordination ability.
Balls of different materials can also exercise the baby's perception and grasping ability.
A mirror is a simple and effective prop. Although it cannot be called a toy, many doctors and parenting experts will suggest that moms and dads put up a mirror in front of the babies while they playing on the ground, so that the babies can observe the things in the mirror and slowly learn to recognize themselves.
They will happily stretch out their little hands towards the baby who is staring at them. But pay attention to prepare a solid mirror, the acrylic material that cannot be broken easily is better. And make sure the position of the mirror is safe enough. You can also paste the mirror directly on the wall. Choose some cartoon and cute mirrors can better attract the baby's attention.
D. Car toys
Whether boys or girls, they will love cars and trains. For infants and toddlers, toy cars are always the perfect playmate! Push the toy car to move, and the baby will try to catch up with the car and play with it.
A toy car with bright colors and high saturation can also improve babies' perception of colors. The smooth roller allows the baby to hold the trolley and exercise the baby's hand flexibility.
E. Sound and light toys
Babies like music and lights, they can easily attract the baby's attention and last a long time.
You can specifically select a sound and light toy that can help your baby crawl, or you can simply pick up a sound and light toy, turn on the lights or music, and place it in the corner of the room to encourage your baby to crawl to get it.
Some sound and light toys have a music mode and a story learning mode, even if the baby is still young and does not understand it, it can be used as a fun early education. In addition, sweet music and soft and colorful lighting can also cultivate babies' audiovisual skills.
F. Simulation toy
I used to think this kind of simulation toy was not good-looking, but then I discovered that babies have a natural sense of closeness to small animals.
This kind of toy can also imitate the sound of animals, and the modeling is fine. If you can't raise real animals, you can also use these animal toys to simulate it.
And this kind of simulation toy usually crawls forward for a period of time and then stops. It will not crawl forward again until the babies crawl over. This speed will be controlled within the range that the baby can accept. It is also a good crawling and lure toy.
G. Tunnel toy
Many babies should have shown their interest in "peek-a-boo" since they were young. You can pretend to play this game with them. As long as the baby is placed on one side of the tunnel, he will very much want to cross to the other side of the tunnel.
Parents can also crawl through the tunnel to find the baby, play with him, and then climb out...in this process, they slowly learn to crawl. This kind of tunnel toy is very interesting, babies can crawl around or just sit and play.
In addition to separate tunnels, you can also buy combined tunnels connected to tents to increase the interactive fun, and then put a ball in it, which is a mini ocean pool.
This one for climbing stairs is recommended at the end because it has a higher degree of difficulty. Compared to climbing on flat ground, stairs with a slope height will consume more exercise and increase the range of motion of the hip joint.
If there are stairs in the house, the babies must have climbed it. Generally speaking, it is relatively safer to climb the stairs, because the baby is leaning forward and there are many places to support. Climbing stairs is a good place for babies to learn from climbing to standing and walking. But when the baby climbs the stairs, the parents must follow him to ensure the safety of the baby.
Once the baby can climb up, he will also find a way to go down. At this time, be sure to teach the baby to climb down the stairs backward.
It is alright if there are no stairs at home, you can use the stairs in the amusement park to practice. This soft bag on the left and right sides can well protect the baby from falling.
If the space at home is relatively large, you can also consider buying a combination of stairs, slides and tunnels, which are highly safe and allow babies to climb as much as they want.
The benefits of learning to crawl early.
What are the benefits of baby crawling?
● Promote baby's body movement.
Don't let your baby lie on the bed for a long time, or hold your baby frequently. The baby should exercise more. During the crawling process, the baby needs to lift the head and neck, leave the chest and abdomen off the ground, and use the limbs to support the weight of the body. This allows the baby's chest, waist, abdomen, back and limbs to be exercised. In turn, it can promote the growth and development of bones and lay a good foundation for standing and walking in the future.
● Start your baby's desire for knowledge and exploration.
Crawling can greatly expand the scope and channels for babies to collect information, promote their desire to explore the world, and lay a foundation for them to understand the world earlier and better. Even if the baby is more naughty at this time, parents shouldn't interrupt them at will.
● Stimulate the language center.
Crawling can strengthen the connections between neurons in the brain, stimulate the language center of the baby's brain, and prepare for future language learning. The more the baby crawls, the faster the speed of learning to speak, which will also help learn new knowledge and the ability to read.
Statistics show that babies with reading difficulties in childhood are mostly caused by the lack of crawling environment and crawling training in infancy.
● Conducive to mental development.
During the crawling process, babies always raise their heads high, look around curiously. This is because they are actively choosing to contact the outside world, which can help them overcome the negative psychology such as timidity and introversion and build self-confidence.
● Exercise your baby’s vision.
The baby's vision development is not sound when he is born, and crawling can make the baby see what he wants to see clearly, which is conducive to the healthy development of the baby's vision.
● Prevent obesity.
Babies will consume a lot of calories during crawling, and their body activities will also be strengthened, which can promote digestion, increase appetite, and help sleep. Frequent crawling can also reduce the accumulation of subcutaneous fat in the baby and effectively prevent obesity.
Precautions for baby crawling.
1. Dress well
Babies' clothing must be convenient and flexible when crawling. Rompers, sleeping bags, and jumpsuits are all good choices.
2. Clean the ground
When the baby is crawling, the ground should be cleaned up. Even if it is covered with a mat, pay attention to the hard objects such as stones on the ground, otherwise, the baby is prone to bruises and bleeding.
3. Pay attention to dangerous goods
Keep the medicine out of the baby's reach to prevent the baby from eating it by accident; take away the rope, silk scarf, and other items to avoid the baby being choked; keep the baby away from the power source or fragile objects. The sharp parts of tables and cabinet corners are wrapped with the sponge.
It is best to use a fence to separate a safe area for babies to play and crawl, so parents can rest assured.
Babies grow up very fast. Their crawling time is also very short. Once they learn to walk, you will never see the cute appearance of crawling all over the floor. So moms and dads, please let the children crawl freely.