Once your tot gets on the move, you’ll spend a large portion of the next couple years constructing barricades, going mental over potentially fatal carpet detritus, and generally ferrying him away from other such disastrous impact.
Thus you might rue the day your kid went from safe and fairly static to a windmilling dervish of chaos, but the truth is, we can’t help but egg ’em on; because a) their efforts to get mobile are pretty dang cute, and b) we parents can be a tad neurotic about our offspring hitting those developmental stages on cue.
So how do we encourage our critters to crawl, cruise, and perambulate? Plenty supervised tummy time is where it starts – babies need to learn how to hoist their own weight off the ground (place a rolled towel underneath them and motivate by placing a favourite toy in close proximity to look at or grab).
Once babs has that down, he should begin to rock back and forth on all fours in an attempt to reach a coveted object – essentially the precursor to bonafide crawling.
The important thing to remember is that crawling doesn’t always look like, well, crawling.
There’s The Scoot’ – think dog dragging his derriere across your rug. Except not gross.
The Crab: one leg bent and the other one sticking out to the side. Seems odd, but beware; seriously speedy.
The Commando: the tyke will drag himself along by their upper body.
The Roll: exactly how it sounds; least similar to the classic crawl, yet totes normal.
You should also take note that not every kid will crawl, and that doesn’t mean you’re due for a freak-out; a lot of babies go straight from sitting pretty to cruising and walking – crawling is not an obligatory milestone, just an optional transitional phase.
When your bambino finally begins utilising his legs, you’ll obviously have to think about safety measures like stair gates, and, sadly, hoovering more than simply the square inch of space he used to sit on (sorry).