You gotta lie down before you can crawl!
Right from the beginning, babies need to be placed on their tummies when they're awake. That's where a significant part of their motor development kicks off, including rolling, sitting, and crawling.
The primary task for a newborn's development is to get strong enough to hold their head. So, the muscles in the neck, throat, shoulders, and back need a workout. To train these muscles, babies should lie on their tummies as much as possible. This strengthens their back and neck muscles, enhancing the ability to bear their own weight in the arms and around the hips.
In contrast to the passive back position, the tummy position is active. It's the place where babies can start rolling and eventually progress to crawling and standing up. The prerequisite for crawling is that the baby is stable in their arms and can carry their own weight. So, you'll often see the little one resisting the floor with their hands, lifting the head and upper body. You can support this skill by placing the baby on their tummy on a firm surface and providing slip-resistant socks for stability.
You'll likely also observe your baby raising their bottom and pulling their knees up after some time. This move is a preparation for getting up on all fours, the first step in the crawling training. Get ready because you'll soon be busy chasing after your baby.
Tips for getting your baby to lie on their tummy:
- Introduce tummy time early on, creating a comfortable environment for your baby to practice – whether it's on your lap, thighs, in your lap, or on your arm in a tummy-down position.
- The key is not to overstimulate or train intensely with your baby. In fact, the advice is to lay the baby on their tummy many times for short periods rather than a few times for a long time. You can even do a quick tummy time after each diaper change. 10-20 seconds are often enough for the littlest ones. They'll get tired of lying on their tummy and may start expressing discomfort, and that's okay.
- Lie down on the floor and let the baby lie on your tummy. Your baby will automatically lift their head to catch your gaze and feel completely secure.
- Optionally, place a pillow or a rolled-up towel under the baby's chest to make it easier to lie on their tummy until they get used to the position. Also, holding the baby on the bottom can provide extra comfort.
- Find something exciting for the baby to look at, like a mirror they can see themselves in or toys that move gently. It's a good idea to lay out a few pieces of toys at a time and regularly switch them to keep the baby's attention.
- You can enhance the baby's joy of lying on their tummy by gently pushing their hands towards each other, making it easier to lift the head compared to having arms stretched out to the side.
- Remember to listen to the baby's signals and needs. The baby shouldn't be upset; it should be cozy and fun.
- Combine tummy time with motor skills exercises - check out our motor skill videos for 3-5 months here.
Non-slip tights for babies ready to conquer the world
There are often many things at home that a baby can bump into, and a slippery floor can quickly lead to challenges and bumps on the way. Our non-slip tights for babies are perfect for the little one on the way to mastering crawling. A big bonus is that you won't have to deal with knee holes due to little baby legs moving at lightning speed towards the floor once the crawling code is cracked. These tights have non-slip rubber dots both under the feet and at the knees, which also protects the delicate baby knees from bruises when they really start picking up speed.
For slightly bigger babies and tumblers, our non-slip socks for babies are a hit, fitting securely on the feet and reducing the risk of slipping on the floor during playtime. Both non-slip tights and baby socks come in various colors and materials. They are designed in Denmark, produced in Europe, and certified with Oeko-tex Standard 100.