The moment that your baby learns to crawl will be an important moment for both you and your little one. For your baby, it marks the beginning of independence and mobility, and for you, it marks a whole other set of challenges that involving monitoring your baby and helping him or her develop properly. Crawling also means that your baby is likely to start getting into trouble and getting dirty. As such, you’ll need to be prepared to keep an eagle eye on your baby and to spend more time giving your baby baths with baby wash after he or she learns to crawl!
When to Expect It
Crawling, like most developmental milestones, happens to babies at different times. Usually, though, most babies learn to crawl somewhere between 7 and 10 months old. Before this, your baby may prefer a scooting method or may not attempt to move much at all. Once your baby can sit up on his or her own without support, he or she will usually be ready to crawl. If you want to encourage your baby to move around and crawl, make sure that you give your little one plenty of floor time. To avoid getting baby dirty, you may want to spread out a large blanket for baby to play on. Otherwise, just make sure that you give baby a nice, long bath with baby wash after time spent on the floor.
Childproofing Your Home
When your baby begins to crawl, then it’s time for you to make sure that there isn’t anything dangerous in your home that will put his or her safety in jeopardy. This includes making sure that electrical sockets are covered, cords and wires are out of babies reach, and stairs are blocked off by baby gates. If you’re not sure what hazards exist that could harm your baby, it’s a good idea to get down on your hands and needs and try to see things from your baby’s point of view. This can really help you to identify things you may not have seen from your own vantage point and remove them to protect your little angel.
Crawling Anywhere and Everywhere
When your baby learns to crawl, he or she will probably want to crawl everywhere you go. From the park to grandma’s house, you may find your baby anxious to get out of the stroller and onto the ground to move around. While you should encourage this activity, you should also be careful. When you’re not in your home environment, there are a lot of things that could threaten your baby’s safety, and you just need to keep an eye out for them. Also, make sure you pack some no-rinse baby wash into your diaper bag in case baby gets dirty while crawling around on the go.
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