Parents often ask about ways to help their baby crawl.
If I had to reduce the best path to 5 steps, they would be my 5P tracking system.
Many parents know that crawling is one of the main milestones that babies must master. It is a key period when your baby becomes stronger, learns the environment, improves visual skills and improves physical skills.
Crawling is a natural skill that most babies master automatically. But many times it just doesn’t happen, for a number of very good reasons.
For example, babies with poor head control often don’t like to lie on their tummies. And good head control is one of the key skills a child must have in learning to crawl. Therefore, if head control is mastered later than normal, further development may also be a bit slower than normal.
This is when parents usually start asking for help to teach their baby to crawl.
For the most part, only professionals know how to teach babies to crawl. But they still only use some proven techniques. In essence, most of these techniques encourage your child to be more accepting of tummy time.
But there is a technique that I found that works very well, is safe to try, and can be done by all parents.
I call it the 5P baby crawling system. It’s a logical 5-step system to get almost any baby crawling in no time.
Let’s look at the 5P steps individually…
P – Put on the carpet. The first thing a baby must master before they can have any hope of learning to crawl… is getting comfortable in the tummy time position. You will get great results doing this if you talk to and play with your baby when she is on the mat.
P – Arm a roller. Roll an ordinary bath towel into a “sausage”. Of course, you can also buy any other type of roller. They are cylindrical shaped soft toys…preferably solid. You get inflatables, but the solid ones usually last much longer and can also be used to teach your child to sit up and walk.
P – Skating position. Gently place the “sausage” under your baby’s upper body…arms dangling over the front of the “sausage.” The “sausage” towel supports your upper body, NOT your stomach, with your elbows touching the mat. You should slightly raise the upper part of your body, thus allowing you to discover the surroundings. Make sure your elbows are touching the mat; they should not be hanging in the air.
P – Position the elbows. Now you have to do something. Gently hold your baby’s elbows and pull them closer to her body. It will almost seem as if her son wants to lie on her elbows. She continues to be supportive.
P – Act head on. This is the most important step. Lie on the floor directly in front of your child and face him. Now let your baby look at your face while you talk, entertain and encourage.
The idea is to encourage your child to endure longer tummy time sessions. Your baby needs to focus on you and then will spontaneously develop the sensation of using their elbows and legs for support. If she gets done right, you’ll soon see her down on both knees and arms straight…ready to crawl.
The power of this 5P System lies in lifting your baby’s upper body to look around…all while lying down.
It also only takes a few minutes daily to start seeing results. Obviously, if you can do more than one session per day, the results will come faster.
The bottom line is… getting your baby to crawl is easy and important, but unfortunately it is needlessly neglected. But anyone can use this 5-step tracking system to get results almost like clockwork.