Before your baby’s actually ready to crawl, you need to give them plenty of tummy time. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes of tummy time is suggested till your baby is 3 to 4 months old. Playing with your baby during tummy time helps to develop muscles which will further help the baby to crawl. Doing this activity multiple times a day when your baby is awake and alert is suggested by consultants. Tummy time also helps to prevent that flat spot on the head, which usually occurs when the baby spends most of their time on the back.
Incentivize the baby:
The best way to encourage crawling at an early stage is to try and incentivize your baby by making them reach for and grab a toy or any desirable object beyond their reach. Consultants suggest using boxes or sofa cushions to create obstacles while playing with your baby to help them negotiate spaces and further develop better crawling skills. Along with your baby learning to crawl, it also helps in improving confidence and speed of the baby. Please make sure that someone is always around the baby while doing this activity.
The house needs to be childproofed whenever your baby is crawling because they can get up to a lot of mischief! Keeping special emphasis on stairways is necessary. Moms need to supervise the whole crawling activity as well as childproofing the home space.