Age: baby, parent
Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Mind Builder
Crawling is a much anticipated milestone. You can help your little one achieve this goal with an interactive exercise.
Most parents eagerly await the day their child becomes mobile. Even if your little one seems content sitting or lying on the floor, you can encourage crawling.
- Find time during the day when Baby is well rested and eager to play (usually before a mealtime or at least 30 minutes after to avoid spitting up).
- Place him on the floor either sitting or on his tummy in front of you. Give him a colorful, noisy toy that usually holds his attention. After a moment, remove the toy from Baby’s grasp and place it on the ground in front of him.
- Verbally encourage your child to reach for the toy, as in, “Where’s the bear (or car or rattle, etc.)? Can you get the bear? Uh-oh, we need to get the bear!” Make sure to celebrate when he does by saying, “You got the bear! Wow! Great job!”
- You can increase the distance until the toy is just out of Baby’s reach. Does he attempt to grab it? Are you noticing the beginnings of a crawling motion? Keep at it until Baby loses interest or becomes frustrated. Before too long, “out of reach” will mean putting things in the cupboard!
See Buh Bye Baby for another fun activity.