Around 7-9 months, strength and muscle control continues to develop, leading at some point to crawling. Some will crawl before and some will crawl later, but for the majority this is the period of time for learning to crawl. Once they are crawling, babies will continue to work on their gross motor skills by pulling themselves up on to furniture.
Bathtimes are the perfect time for gross motor development. Now that Xiaobao is sitting independently, we encourage her to splash in the water and play with objects such as ducks. Baobao demonstrates filling and pouring cups and we're encouraging Xiaobao to join in.
This is the age when your baby is most likely to learn to crawl. You can't determine when or how, but you can get on to the floor with them and encourage them to use the muscles that they will need to strengthen for crawling.
Floor Flying involves encouraging baby to lift her head and arms while lying on her tummy She will look a little like an aeroplane. This improves neck-strength, head control, mobility and balance, with the ultimate goal to promote crawling
You can also encourage baby to roll towards you or even better roll around the room together. This strengthens your baby's trunk and works on their coordination, other important skills that build up towards crawling.
Once baby is crawling, you can play tunnel games together, by making tunnels using cloth, chairs and boxes. This encourages crawling, curiosity, adventurousness and determination.
Hammer Hammer Hammer
One your baby is sitting steadily, they have the body control to work on their arm control. Hammering pegs on a peg toy, or gold tees into play dough, works on hand-eye coordination, as well as coordination of their shoulder, arm and hand.
Baobao always enjoyed horse riding based nursery rhymes and games. Place your child on your lap and gently bounce them up and down to the beat of the song. As well as working on their sense of balance and bodily strength, it is also one of the only ways to instil a sense of rhythm at a young age.
Here are our favourite horsey rhymes:
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,and:
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.