Crawling, standing and walking are things that babies grow into, but for first-time parents, it can feel like a huge challenge! When is the right age, how can we help – is crawling backwards normal? Generally, from 4 -15 months your baby goes from learning how to sit up to walking around the house, alone and without help.
Remember: all children develop on their own personal time-line, but here are a few basic pointers.
1. Sitting alone. The first phase of mobility is when your little one starts sitting on his own. Sitting helps will help your baby strengthen the muscles he’ll need when he learns to stand. This usually happens between 4 and 7 months of age, and you can help by playing games with blocks or a ball while he is sitting.
2. Crawling. The most important thing your little one is getting from crawling is: being able to move both his arms and legs at the same time! This happens somewhere between 7 and 10 months, and you can help by getting him to crawl across the room.
3. Pulling himself up. As your baby becomes stronger, he’ll start to pull himself up with the help of furniture! Usually around the age of 8 months, this is the right time to work on his balance and to get him familiar with the standing position. Help your baby to pull himself up, then teach him to bend his knees when he sits back on the floor.
4: Walking with help. Around 9 months your little one will start to pull himself up holding your hand – help him gain balance and take a few steps. It helps him gain the confidence to try on his own.
5: Cruising. Your baby will start using furniture and the walls to get around – this is called cruising, and all you need to do is make sure your home is safe and baby proof. Remember that he may grab a table-cloth or fall against sharp edges!
6: Standing alone. Balance is vital for walking! If your little one can stand and balance for a few moments, he is close to trying to take his first step. This usually happens between 9 and 12 months.
7: The first steps. This is a huge moment for your baby! Cheer him on and boost his confidence. Don’t worry if he chooses to both crawl and walk, just include walking games to encourage him to do it more and more.
Good job, Baby!