Baby creeping is one of the first stages of a baby’s development and movement.
It’s also called “commando crawling”. It means that your baby looks like he or she is crawling, but on their tummies.
Moms have always worried about babies’ walking and crawling. We all want our babies to develop the correct way and use their motor skills. Therefore it’s no surprise you’re interested in baby creeping.
As a new mom, you’re always proud of your child’s progress and development. Even when it’s something normal, natural, and small, you feel excited. I understand you.
To be honest, just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s small. You have every right to feel proud about small things. It’s your baby, and every normal stage of development means everything is okay.
Baby creeping is good news. It means that your baby will start crawling soon. The sooner the baby starts crawling, the sooner you will see him or her walking.
This article will help you to understand some basic things about baby creeping, crawling, and walking. You will know what to expect and how to help your baby to move more.
The more your baby moves, the better. It means her or his little body is developing and growing the right way.
It means they’re getting ready to explore the world. Beware, crawling babies are fast and your floor will become their playground.
Why Is Baby Creeping Important?
As I’ve said before, baby creeping is a term that signifies a baby’s first locomotor movement. It’s one of those essential baby milestones.
When your baby starts sitting, you should expect the baby creeping after that. Baby creeping looks like crawling, but with a tummy, not on all fours using arms and legs.
Therefore, in this stage of crawling, the baby doesn’t use legs and arms. Just a few weeks after you notice the baby creeping, you will notice that it’s starting to look like real crawling.
First, the baby starts to use one leg. He or she is crawling on one leg, and dragging the other one. Then, after a few weeks, the baby starts using the other leg too, and you have a baby that’s crawling.
Stages Of Crawling
Many parents are not aware that there are a few stages of crawling. Everything happens fast, and since parents are busy with taking care of babies, it’s okay not to all the stages of crawling:
- Baby is turning around and trying to shuffle forward and back
- Baby is crawling on his or her tummy (commando crawling-baby creeping)
- Baby is crawling using one leg, or one side of the body
- Baby gets up on all fours and starts stretching and lunges forward
- Baby is crawling on all fours, using hands and knees, without any difficulties
In the last stage, the baby is using hands and knees for crawling. All these stages of crawling can be different. Every baby is unique, so sometimes these rules don’t apply. You can first notice the signs of crawling when your baby is around 7 and 9 months old.
However, it’s possible to see your baby crawling even at 6 months old. Everything between 8 and 12 months is acceptable.
What If My Baby Doesn’t Crawl?
If you don’t notice the baby creeping or crawling, don’t worry. Sometimes, it happens. Some babies skip crawling altogether. They start walking when it’s time, but they don’t crawl.
Of course, there are some other things you should pay attention to. If your baby is developing normally in every other aspect, don’t worry. Some babies are just scared or lazy to start crawling.
Maybe the baby is sitting but simply doesn’t want to move. Keep in mind, it’s good when babies sit.
If you think that something might be wrong, consult with your doctor. It’s uncommon, but complications are possible. Sometimes, there are certain neurological or muscular issues.
Maybe your baby has problems with gross motor skills, motor development, or retained primitive reflexes.
The sooner you find out about possible complications, the better. Medicine is progressing every day, and there is a solution for everything.
How To Motivate Your Baby To Crawl?
Sometimes you know that everything is fine with your baby. You know you have a healthy and happy baby, but he or she doesn’t want to move. Just like every other mom, you want to see your baby creeping, crawling, and eventually walking.
There are a few tricks you can try out. For example, put the baby on the floor, and move everything away. This way, the space will be clear for moving forward. There will be no distractions or obstacles that could stop the baby from moving around.
Some babies will start to cry when you leave them like this. However, another trick is to temp your baby. Place something interesting next to the wall, and put your baby away from it. Remove everything else in front of your baby.
Place your baby on the tummy and use this as a tummy time. This is like a little trap that will attract the baby. It will tease him or her, and it’s possible to see some baby creeping or crawling happening. Babies crawl to something they like or want.
It’s important to stay persistent. If your baby doesn’t want to move forward on hands and knees, it will take some time to find the trick that works.
So, try to relax, and stay persistent. Sit with your baby on the floor, and motivate him or her to use their hands and knees. Tummy time will induce crawling and creeping.
If it doesn’t work and everything else is medically fine, just get over it. Many studies show that a baby should start crawling before walking, but there is not a definite conclusion about this.
As a parent, you will do your best to motivate your child to move, and that’s all you can do. Be proud of every milestone, and work hard to develop their skills.
What To Do If There Is Something Wrong?
Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen and our precious children are affected by those things. Crawling and creeping can mean nothing, and everything.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to the general baby’s development and behavior. Even if you don’t notice anything wrong, if there is no baby creeping and crawling, visit a doctor, just to be safe.
If you do find out something upsetting, don’t be devastated for too long. This is your baby, and you have to be strong. You have to be your baby’s rock. Your baby is growing older every day, and your anxiety and worry will be felt.
So, before anything else, pull yourself together. Ask your doctor everything about diagnosis, treatment, and therapy. Sometimes, it’s something simple that can be cured with simple physiotherapy.
Now is the time to focus on the future. Babies are developing and growing, and they recover faster than adults. I am sure that things will be fine. This is the time to keep your composure and mental strength.
However, you’re just a human. If it’s something serious, you also need help. Luckily, many professionals, support groups, and doctors can help you handle this. They can help you to control your emotions and sadness.
You’re broken and shocked, but right now, you have other priorities. Don’t forget about yourself, but work on staying brave for your child.
These conditions are quite rare, so it’s normal to feel bad if it happens to your child.
It’s impossible not to worry, but medicine has progressed so much, and with the right treatment and effort, many things can be solved.
The Significance Of Baby’s Diet
Even though it has not been proven that a certain diet will speed up the process of baby creeping, crawling, or walking, you can still pay attention to it.
Food is far more important than we think. It affects many things, and it’s very important to promote healthy eating and healthy habits. Incorporating healthy foods into an adult diet can be hard.
Most of us are used to eating unhealthy, processed foods. It’s only because when we were little, there weren’t so many food studies. We ate everything, and we turned out just fine.
However, it’s good that we live in a world where there is more information about everything. We can give our kids better, more nutritious food that can be helpful for them.
Baby development and crawling are connected, with some exceptions. If you’re worried about your baby’s growth, progress, and development, you can also try a good diet for your little one.
Before creating the perfect menu, consult with your doctor to make sure you’re not giving your baby something that’s forbidden.
Fruit And Vegetables
We all know that fruit and vegetables are healthy and beneficial for our health. Unfortunately, not many people eat enough vegetables and fruit. This is why it’s important to teach your children to eat them.
Babies can be fussy when it comes to eating these groceries, but it’s your job to make this something interesting. Try making fruit and veggie shakes our purees. Or, cut them up nicely so it’s more appealing to look at.
Fruit and vegetables contain healthy carbs, minerals, vitamins, and fiber. They give out bodies plenty of energy and nutrient.
So, think about the best fruit and vegetable options for your child. They truly are important for a healthy body.
It’s important for babies to eat grains. Bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, polenta, and oats are great sources of nutrients. Just make sure to pick whole-grain groceries.
Your breast milk or baby formula should be the main milk your child is consuming for the first year of his or her life. However, it’s good to start introducing dairy products as soon as your doctor approves.
Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in protein and calcium. These products are also good for the bones and baby’s growth.
Protein Rich Food
A protein-rich food is important for health more than you think. Protein is responsible for muscle growth, and development.
A protein-rich food is generally healthy and contains other beneficial ingredients. Meat, eggs, fish, beans, tofu, and nuts are filled with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. A protein-rich food is filling and low-calorie. It gives us energy for a long time.
Besides creating a healthy diet for your child, it’s also important to stay away from unhealthy foods. Fast food, processed food, candy, and sugary drink are not beneficial.
They can only cause certain health problems with time. Of course, it’s not the end of the world if this kind of food is eaten sometimes. Just avoid it whenever that’s possible.
I would like to mention that besides good food, it’s also important to have healthy drinks. Water is the best, but when the time is right, it’s good to include some healthy tea, natural juice, and nutritious smoothies.
All of these will help your baby’s body to develop faster. Maybe you won’t notice anything, but a healthy diet will pay off eventually. Even if you don’t see any significant changes, you should still stick to healthy eating.
If your child learns to love healthy food, he or she will have better eating habits, which could prevent many medical conditions.
Baby creeping and crawling is a normal part of your baby’s development. This article gave you some basic information that will help you understand all of this.
As a new parent, you’re probably nervous about every little thing and all the baby milestones. That’s normal and expected. Maybe you’re not sure your baby is doing fine, so you’re looking for some insights.
As I’ve mentioned before, if you have any doubts, it’s best to consult with your doctor. Most of the time, it’s nothing to be worried about, but it’s better to check.
You’re responsible for your child, so be the best parent you can be. Make an effort to take care of the baby’s diet. Educate yourself and give him or her all the nutrients needed for growth and strength.
Encourage your baby to move around, and be playful and supportive. This way, you will know what normal behavior for your child is and what isn’t. Children grow up so fast, and it’s important to enjoy every little moment. It’s good to pay attention to every little thing.
Hold your child in your arms whenever that’s possible, but also get down on the floor and give them some freedom to explore.
Hi all, I am Sidney, an accountant, a hobbyist photographer, and a mother to two sweet girls who are my motivation. I love sharing the tips and tricks I gained all these years I’ve been a mother. I hope it will help you!
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