Crawling
Basics
Basically,
crawling
is
one
of
the
most
important
things
a
baby
learns
to
do
the
first
year.
Here
why:
1. Crawling
works
all
the
trunk
muscles
hard
means
a
stronger
core!
2. Crawling
involves
a
complex
sequence
of
steps
using
both
sides
of
the
body.
This
motor
sequencing
helps
build
pathways
and
make
connections
in
the
brain!
3. With
each
movement
forward,
the
center
of
gravity
shifts.
This
means
the
body
has
to
balance
four
different
ways
with
each
crawling
sequence.
That
really
helps
improve
the
baby
sense
of
balance
in
preparation
for
walking.
4. Crawling
is
heavy
work!
Because
crawling
uses
muscles
and
work
the
joints
so
rigorously,

stimulation
occurs
in
the
brain.
Your
baby
doesn
crawl?
Don
panic.
Many
babies
skip
crawling.
This
usually
relates
to
weak
trunk
or
core
muscles.
Notice
numbers
1-
all
require
a
lot
of
body
action.
The
best
thing
to
do
is
to
get
your
baby
back
on
the
blanket
for
lots
of
tummy
time
play.
Games
that
require
reaching
while
lying
on
the
stomach
will
help
strengthen
the
back
muscles
critical
for
crawling.
Here
are
some
great
activities
to
make
the
body
strong
and
lead
to
learning
how
to
crawl:
1. Place
your
baby
on
the
tummy
to
play
with
trucks,
balls
and
just
about
everything.
Encourage
reaching
while
in
this
position.
2. Have
your
baby
crawl
off
your
lap,
chair
or
pillows
head
first
so
the
arms
have
to

onto
the
floor.
(Make
sure
the
arms
are
strong
enough
to
do
this).
3. Rolling
across
the
room
4. Scooting
is
a
good
first
step.
5. When
sitting,
encourage
reaching
to
the
sides
your
baby
to
reach
a
little
farther
each
time
and
eventually
she
might
rotate
into
a
four
point
(crawling
position)
6. If
your
baby
can
get
into
a
crawling
position
but
doesn
move
forward
yet,
play
with
moving
toys
so
your
baby
has
to
reach
while
in
four
point.