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Offer Support. To help your baby strengthen her muscles and develop balance, hold her as she bounces while standing.

Encourage Tummy Time Play. Place your baby on her stomach. When she is able to get up on her hands, put favorite toys just out of reach to motivate her to move and grab them.

Foster Coordination. Let your baby tap blocks together, bang spoons on pots and pick up finger foods herself. This will help sharpen her vision and hand-eye coördination.

Baby Proof. Use gates to keep stairways off-limits until your baby has mastered crawling. Even then she should be closely supervised. You can help her practice with foam blocks.

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Want a simple suggestion that will help your baby develop his physical abilities and cognition? Try putting him on his tummy. Although he may initially fuss, your baby will reach major motor milestones by spending time belly to floor. Around 6-10 months, he will start arching his neck and kicking his feet. Next he will learn to roll over, get up on his hands and knees and then, usually crawl.

Crawling is often seen as a milestone, but some parents find that their baby doesn’t crawl at all. Instead, he will get around by rolling, dragging his body commando-style, or scooting his bottom. Not to worry: The American Academy of Pediatrics says that your baby is moving independently is more critical to later development that the way he does it.

When he starts to crawl, as long as he uses both sides of his body equally, he is strengthening the muscles he will need when he begins to walk. He is also exploring his world, which fosters cognition and autonomy. Spending so much time looking nearby ( to navigate obstacles) and far ahead ( to reach his destination) exercises the vision and coördination skills that support reading and writing.

If your crawler is favoring one side, or if you have concerns, speak to your doctor. Otherwise, focus on providing him with safe and stimulating objects and experiences as he wanders around.

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Crawling Baby

On The Move