According to what you know, it’s natural for your child to move about by crawling once they’ve reached eight months old, before they start walking, so you’ll be worried if your child refuses to go through this stage. They may prefer to scoot around on their bottom or their belly, but does this mean that there’s some sort of problem?
Most Prominent Reasons
It’s possible that your child is refusing to crawl on their hands and knees because they don’t like experiencing new things. They prefer to sit and observe their surroundings without needing to move.
Your child may not be brave enough to crawl because they can’t keep their balance.
Their life at home also plays a role. Remember that. If you put them in their stroller often, you’re denying them the opportunity to move on their own.
What about if they scoot around on their bottom or belly? No problem—it works like crawling. Both ways depend on coordination between legs and arms.
How Can You Help Them?
Never forget that your child’s lack of crawling doesn’t necessarily mean that they have a health or neurological problem. Whether they do or don’t crawl, at the end of the day they’ll walk, like all children, on both feet. Still, you can help them get there.
Help them get used to crawling this way while playing. If they’re sitting on the ground, for example, crawl up to them, and they’ll want to imitate you.
Invite them to watch with you on the tablet how cats walk, for example. Children like some animals, and your child may want to imitate the way they move.
You’d be surprised to know that crawling is good for your child’s back muscles. It is also good exercise for the pelvis and boosts their ability to walk later.
It also teaches the child how to overcome barriers and change directions so that they don’t bump into things.