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Encouraging baby’s journey to crawling and its significance

When a baby starts showing signs of walking, the excitement can sometimes overshadow the importance of their crawling phase. However, it’s essential to understand the value of this stage and how to encourage it.

The act of crawling holds immense value for a child’s development. It boosts hand-eye coordination and teaches them the art of coordinating movements across both body halves, each doing distinct activities.

Now, the journey to full-fledged crawling involves several milestones:

Mastering the backward belly glide (typically around 7 to 8 months):

By the time they’re 8 months old, most babies begin their movement journey by gliding backward on their bellies. Interestingly, this backward movement often precedes the forward one. Tips to promote forward motion are shared further along.


Achieving hands-free sitting and rotation (around 8 to 9 months):

Child seated, captivated by the Swinging Ring suspended from The Play Paradise. Pictured: The Play Paradise Before they start crawling, babies usually develop the ability to sit unsupported, swivel their torsos, and stretch out for playthings while maintaining their balance. This usually happens between the 8th and 9th months. Encouraging hands-free sitting becomes easy with the enticing toys on The Play Paradise.


Mastering the forward belly glide (generally between 8 to 9.5 months):

Babies progress from backward to forward movement by tugging with their arms and thrusting with their legs. For a better grip during this stage, place them in a light top and let their bare legs touch a solid floor. To motivate movement, keep a toy slightly out of reach and observe them inch closer. Typically, the forward belly movement starts between the 8th and 9.5th months.


Holding themselves up on hands and knees with their belly raised (around 8 to 9 months):

Child engrossed in a vibrant textured booklet during tummy time. Pictured: The Play Paradise and the Silky Storybook from The Enchanter Play Set During the 8th and 9th month, many babies start lifting themselves onto their hands and knees, raising their bellies. If a baby is gliding but not yet in a crawling stance, this technique can be handy:

Position the baby on a sturdy cushion or a bundled blanket, ensuring their arms remain straight. This elevation acquaints them with the hands-and-knees posture. While they’re in this position, expose them to various textures to stimulate their palms.


Progressing to forward crawl with raised belly (usually between 9 to 11 months):

Once the baby is comfortable on their hands and knees, motivate them to tap a ball or stretch out for a plaything, balancing their weight on one hand. Always remain nearby to assist if they wobble.

A delightful technique to keep the crawling spirit alive, even when babies lean towards other movements, is by crafting a tunnel-styled hideaway using cushions and throws. This playful environment invites even the budding walkers to relish the crawling experience.