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Why It Is Essential For Your Baby To Crawl

The brain development of babies will depend, to a large extent, on the quantity and quality of the stimuli they receive.

Therefore, motor development is linked to their intelligence and how they move around –or at least try to. 

Freedom of movement is therefore essential, hence the importance of crawling!

You will be surprised to know that having your little one active from birth will help them cope better with each of the coming stages..

When Do Babies Start To Crawl?

Babies begin to move with their bodies in a small area at the age of 6 or 7 months. In other words, they start to crawl.

This phase is considered the most significant achievement in terms of mobility because the baby ceases to be totally dependent on his environment.

This means that he no longer needs you to reach for his toys or get whatever he sees around.

However, the baby is already able to move from birth when he is on his tummy. 

This is how he instinctively crawls towards his mother’s breast, doing the breast crawl…

To encourage the early movement, you can lay him on a flat, hard surface so he can experiment and learn to coordinate.

At first, his movements are just reflexes, and over time they become voluntary movements. Later on, he will then manage to move little by little.

When he begins to crawl, keep in mind that he might be able to crawl for just a few moments, and always make sure that your baby is well-rested and encourage him with loving words.

Gradually, the distance will lengthen, and his desire to stay on his tummy will also extend.

On the other hand… 

Many children go straight to all fours without crawling first.

If this is the case with your kid, do not worry! 

Crawling is strongly advised for their overall development; however, it has been found that at the age of 2-3, they have a second chance to crawl through their floor games.

The Main Benefits Of Crawling

  • Being Independent and Confident:

Being able to move around without the help of anyone is the first gesture of autonomy and self-confidence.

It gives your kid immense joy and security in himself, which is fundamental to becoming independent gradually. 

Keep in mind that his exploration capacity has no limits. Don’t limit it either!

  • Muscle Development: 

Imagine the effort your baby puts into crawling on the ground or crawling; It is much greater than the effort he makes to walk.

It is, therefore, a highly recommended exercise to strengthen your child’s muscle tone, tendons, and joints while working on the balance of the spine.

  • Preparation For Walking:

This essential rhythmic synchronization for crawling prepares the body to acquire the balance and coordination necessary to pass to a standing position and walk.

  • Development of Fine and Gross Motor Skills:

You will be surprised to know that the open position of the hands and the friction exerted on the ground cause an involuntary closure of these limbs.

It translates into a better hands function in future activities, like painting and writing.

  • Vision Skills Improvement:

Babies, at first, look at their hands’ position to know where they should move next. It is like establishing a constant point of focus at close range. 

Secondly, they direct their gaze to the targeted place or object.

While moving, babies look at the two alternately. Allowing them to train their eye muscles to develop two visual processes:

  • The coverage ability: It keeps the eyes fixed on the same near point for a long time.
  • The accommodation: It allows them to move rapidly from a near ocular fixation point to a distant point, or vice versa.
  •  Spatio-temporal Relationship Development 

Crawling movements help babies estimate which objects are close and far, based on the number of movements they need to reach them.

It constitutes a basis for calculating distances and for better situating oneself in space.

Related: The Importance of Crawling For Babies Development

The Takeaway 

Crawling is of the utmost importance!

The freedom of movement is of considerable importance for the proper development of children.

There is no rush to stand up and walk…

Four leg movements are essential. Let your baby crawl for as long as he wants, without holding his hand so that he can walk.

Wait until he decides to walk on his own, and the benefits will last a lifetime! 

And let yourself be blown away by the fastest four legs you will ever see! Definitely worth the wait.

That’s why we encourage you to help your baby crawl by positive words, gentle pushes and preparing the house for a safe crawl.

About 

Dema JS is the founder of newbabysmell.com and a mother of two little kids. Dema had her MBA from St. John’s University- NYC in dual concentrations: Executive Management and Marketing Management.

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