Your little one is changing fast these days! He’s becoming more mobile and maybe interacting with you more and exploring his environment. He will pull himself up to stand, get into a sitting position and crawl. He might also be communicating more by copying sounds and gestures, pointing and waving, and engaging in games like “peek-a-boo.”
You might notice that your Crawler’s starting to recognize familiar things and people, like you or a frequent babysitter. Don’t be surprised if he’s becoming more clingy to you and wary of strangers — it’s part of his normal development.
And be on the lookout for his first “no” — he’s beginning to understand what it means!
Every child is different
If you’re ever concerned about your child's growth or development, talk to your baby’s pediatrician.
Constantly in Motion
Even on his back or belly, your baby is constantly in motion: looking around, wiggling, grabbing his feet. All this activity is helping to strengthen his muscles for crawling. Since arm muscles are better developed than the legs, don’t be surprised to see him pushing backward instead of forward.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to baby-proof your house!
How to help encourage crawling
- Place objects just out of reach.
- Put soft objects, like pillows or cushions, in his path will teach him how to crawl over and around things. It’s also a great way to play peek-a-boo.
- Stairs will eventually be tackled, but for now you should block access to these areas to keep your little one safe.
Your baby won’t be content crawling for long. Once he can pull himself up, he’ll soon take a step or two holding onto furniture. It’s common for babies to go from their first steps to walking on their own within a few days or weeks.
How was the information in this article?