Have you just become a mother? Are you waiting for the first move of your infant? Certainly, one of the most exciting moments for any mother is seeing her infant move for the first time. Are you worried about how to make your baby move? Do not bother too much.
In earlier months, your infant is pleased just by lying in a crib all the time. However, he starts moving after few months. Babies start moving first and then eventually crawling and walking. Most of the babies learn to crawl within 6 to 10 months. If your infant does not learn then, do not worry. Heavy babies take some time to learn.
While your baby learns to move, there are several things mentioned below which can help you to understand all the development stages and all the things you need to take care of meanwhile.
Can Your Baby Keep His/Her Heads Up on His/Her Own?
The first step for the moving is to learn how to control head movement. When baby’s neck muscles are developed, your baby can move the head. This is very important while your baby learns to move.
Let Your Baby Roll
Once your baby gets control over his head, then he starts to try the move. After few months, your baby’s stomach’s muscles become strong. Soon, with the help of elbow and arms, your baby starts to roll. Babies turn their back and again on the stomach. In this manner, they start to roll over the room.
While doing so, they have enough strength to escape so while holding them it is very important to be careful.
When does Your Baby Learn to Sit?
It takes a little bit longer to learn how to sit then how to roll. Surprisingly, to do any of the activity, it takes safe muscles to work. The main reason behind it is that to perform the same task in upward direction needs more cooperation.
Most Popular Crawling Styles
There are several crawling methods babies try out before they adopt the one they like. Such types are mentioned below:
- The bear walk
- The combat crawl
- The bunny hop
- The butt scoot
- The crab
When Your Baby Steps Out for the First Time
As the confidence of the baby improves with time, the baby tries to let go of you and take a step by his own. Most of the babies learn to do this between 8 to 18 months. This develops the confidence in them, and eventually, they start walking.
Now being a mother, you may be worried about how to make your baby move for the first time and what you should do and how to teach him. There are several things you should take care of as mentioned below.
Put Your Baby on Tummy and Let Her Enjoy Tummy Time
You should put your baby on the tummy. By doing so, it strengthens baby’s stomach, neck, elbow and arm’s muscles. Within four months, your baby can move his head and try to control his body.
In the beginning, tummy time is not very pleasing for a baby. Though at first, it does not seem comfortable with a daily practice, it helps. You should make tummy time funny for a baby by playing with him and talking with him.
Keeping colorful toys around him will encourage him to move his body more. Sometimes, learning at his level would help him to feel more comfortable. Do not forget to feed your baby well and he is in a mood to play before you put him on his tummy otherwise he will not enjoy it.
Restrict the period, which your baby spends sitting on a higher chair, car seat or baby walker.
If you want your baby to crawl or walk fast, then you should not put him in a chair or a walker. As the name suggest, Walker does not perform in that way. Moreover, Walker alleviates the efforts baby has to make to move.
Therefore, instead of letting your infant sit in a chair or look at a toy, you should spend this time with him. While he is on his tummy, you should encourage his movements. This helps a lot for his crawling and walking the stage.
Be Sure to Help Your Baby Strengthen His/Her Back
Before your baby starts crawling, it is very important for your baby to develop his back, head and shoulder muscles. To do that, you should support your baby’s back and neck when he tries to sit for the first time. This will help to strengthen his muscles.
You should also try to make him look up by showing him different and attractive toys in the air. This helps to develop his/her neck muscles. Once these muscles are strong enough, then your baby can control his body and then he is ready to crawl.
Is your baby ready to start crawling?
This is an important concern that which are the signs that your baby is ready to crawl. If you do not realize which is a right time for your baby to crawl, then you can hurt him in some ways.
There are some signs which tell that your baby is ready to crawl:
- If your baby is cross crawling, then he is ready.
- If your baby can sit on his own, then his muscles are strong enough to let him crawl.
- If your baby is on his four then also he is ready to crawl.
- If your baby is moving his legs equally on both sides and shows coordination then also he is ready to crawl.
Observe the above mention signs before you push your baby to crawl. Do not compare your baby’s growing pace with another pace. Your baby may need more time than rest of them. Let him learn at his pace. This helps better for his development.
Take account of your baby’s age and place him at a comfortable place. 6 to 10 months is considered right time for baby to start crawling. So, do not push your baby at an early age to crawl until he is showing signs that he is ready as mentioned above. Some babies take a longer time to do that but let him take time.
Place your baby on a carpet or blanket whichever seems comfortable for him. You should also make sure that lights in a room are bright. Mostly, people prefer to put their baby on ground in a diaper only. By doing so, it increases the contact between floor and baby which helps to improve his grip.
Do not drag your baby on the ground if he is not wearing anything. It can injure him. Put your baby on a floor very carefully which does not hurt his neck or anywhere.
Give your baby the best possible environment, which will enhance the space for him/her to move around freely and develop its skills at an optimum level. Once he/she gains enough confidence, its physical growth, and mental development shall boost well.
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