The final quarter of babies' first year brings significant changes: your baby crawls all over the house, climbs onto furniture, stands up, opens and closes drawers, tosses objects and is basically into everything, everywhere. These skills afford babies with ample opportunity to appreciate the world from many different angles: prone, sitting and standing. Along with mastered control over the body, babies' agility encourages a curiosity and triggers almost insatiable energy to touch, reach and explore.
The Balancing Act of Watching Over Babies
Watching over – and guiding – your baby at this stage becomes way more complex – and exhausting! On the one hand, it is important to allow babies to experience the world on their own terms, which is a welcome step toward independence and self-confidence. On the other hand, danger seems to lurk everywhere your baby wants to go! While this newfound independence is a giant leap, babies at this age still lack practical experience, so you cannot rely on their good judgment to recognize – let alone, avoid – danger. Rather than instigating insecurity by constantly stopping your busy bee from exploring, teach your baby how to be aware of danger, while allowing stimulation and opportunity to explore.
Dress your baby in comfortable, unrestrictive clothing so it is easier to practice and perfect crawling techniques and other motor activities.
If possible, do without socks, or if necessary, dress your baby in very thin socks. This helps him integrate the soles of his feet and toes in the crawling process.
Give your baby wide-open spaces to practice crawling, free from dangerous obstacles.
Spread pillows on the floor, to encourage your baby to climb over them, helping him progress to crawling on his hands and knees.
Place toys on a low table, encouraging the baby to stand and use his hands to play with the toy. This helps develop balance and prepares him for walking.
Crawls in some fashion or another and moves toward desired objects or toys. May begin to to move from crawling on his tummy to crawling on his hands and knees.
Can now move from sitting to crawling and may be able to pull himself upright to a standing position.
May now begin to sit upright independently, although this can happen as early as eight months or as late as twelve, and move from sitting to lying down and vice versa.
"Cruises" - stands and walks while holding on to furniture or maybe even stands for a second or two without leaning on anything.
Any advice and information provided in this website is given as suggestions only and should not be taken as a professional medical diagnosis or opinion. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent.