Initially, the baby before crawling begins with the ability of the baby on his stomach with the support of both hands. Of course this cannot be easily done by the baby, you have to go through several steps to stimulate the baby to crawl. What you should know is that crawling is not just a growing baby but has important benefits related to the physical and cognitive development of the baby.
By crawling the strength of the baby’s limbs becomes more trained, including the neck, joint hands, large and small muscles can also support eye-hand coordination so that it is more balanced and skilled. Another benefit that can be taken from the ability to crawl is that it can help in language development and understanding because babies can be stimulated to use both ears simultaneously and develop hearing in both ears and can even stimulate sensitivity to touch and visuals to be more sensitive to short distances.
Given the importance of the ability to crawl for the growth and development of babies, crawling stimulation is needed especially if your baby is 7 months old and cannot yet crawl. This is intended to prevent delays in crawling which often occurs due to malnutrition, obesity, developmental delays and gross movement disorders.
Here are fun ways you can do at home to stimulate a crawling baby:
1. Tummy time after bathing
You can stimulate your baby to lift the head, stomach and body by frequently positioning your baby on his stomach or tummy time as a way to stimulate your baby to crawl. You can do this after your baby bathes in the morning or evening when your baby is over 2 months old. with your supervision.
2. Relax on the mat together in the afternoon
To reduce your fatigue after work, you can invite your baby to relax on the mattress in the afternoon. Repeat using the baby walker or holding the baby so that your baby is more free to get stimulated when learning to crawl. Avoid objects that endanger your baby.
3. Invite him to play with his favorite object
Even though he is still a baby, your baby has started to attract objects that have a striking color. You can invite him to play by giving applause or praise. In fact, you can shift the position backwards or backwards until he reaches his favorite toy.
4. Crawling with the baby
Babies are always recording what you are doing so you can provide fun examples by crawling along with your baby. Make sure your baby crawls in a safe place, away from small objects that will injure him.
5. Doing massage therapy
This last method you can do if your baby has difficulty getting stimulation. Plan to do massage therapy such as occupational therapy, gymnastics or physiotherapy, but it is better if you consult your doctor immediately so that you know the health problems in your child.
Now for those of you who have successfully performed crawling stimulation, you can pay attention to the ability to crawl with both legs straightened and then corrected. Meanwhile, if the baby continues to stretch so that it does not lift the stomach it can be because the baby’s muscles are still weak. You can always help your baby by improving the gross motor skills of the baby specifically or by consulting a doctor.