Any tips to encourage babies to crawl? My child is 10.5 months and has never been a tummy time fan. He is sits well, pulls himself up, cruising along furniture and taking wobbly steps when he has something to hold onto. Our GP isn't worried about him.
A well meaning person put the wind up me a little by implying he won't develop spacial awareness and left-right brain connections. Her children have learning difficulties and I appreciate she is coming from a place of well meaning concern. I've met plenty of other people who had children that never crawled and who had no academic or coordination issues later so I also understand that complications are not inevitable for non-crawlers. My GP said that non crawlers get left-right coordination from other activities, like climbing, so not to panic yet.
But if there are things I can do to gently encourage him, I'm happy to do that.
He spends plenty of time on his mat with tempting things out of reach. He will bum shimmy or roll about to get to places, sometimes tummy shimmy (not really a commando crawl). I've tried propping his chest up and tucking knees underneath - usually ends in grizzling. He's an only child, but I try and take him to play group 3 times a week so he can watch other babies crawling. I've tried encouraging more tummy time, but he often flips over once he's had enough. I try not to press it when he starts getting grizzly as I don't want him to associate tummy time as a bad thing. I can stretch it out with a mirror, but it's definitely not his position of choice.
Do you have any tips or suggestions for good resources that can encourage a reluctant crawler? Or even ideas for alternative activities that develop upper body strength and left-right pathways? I could ask for a referral to a physio, but that might be overkill at this stage.
Or even stories about non crawlers who are perfectly healthy are welcome too!