Baby H learnt to crawl 3 weeks ago; she was 7 months old. She’d been trying to crawl for months, first her legs did the right thing, then she got her arms did, and months later, after wiggling in circles and rolling to get to where she wanted, she was off commando crawling across the floor. I assumed as she’d been trying to crawl for months, that I’d see a weekly difference in her crawling technique and speed. How wrong was I? Sooo wrong. It’s not even daily, it’s hourly.
Three weeks after learning to crawl she can sit herself up from crawling by leaning on a cushion (or something else), and pulls herself up to kneeling from lying in her cot. I can’t believe how strong she is. She also finds so much to ‘get into’.
So, here’s my list of unexpected crawling lessons:
1. My daughter LOVES shoes.
2. She gets quicker hourly – so every time I go to the toilet, she’s further away.
3. She loves extension leads – they disappeared very soon after crawling started!
5. Don’t fold the highchair and lean it against the wall (as it’s designed to), she WILL crawl to it and pull on the leg, leading me to dive for and move said high chair before it topples.
6. She is really really strong! She will move the boxes that are stopping her getting to the back to the TV, she will pull herself up on the car seat (note: don’t keep the car seat in reach either!)
7. She MUST lift the rug up to check what’s underneath and sometimes she just must eat it.
8. A pregnancy pillow across the front of the fireplace/hearth is not a barrier, it’s a challenge. Quite quickly, it’s not even a challenge, it’s just fun. She can see herself in the chrome fireplace surround and spends a good half hour jumping up and down on the pillow shouting at herself. So it’s cheap entertainment, but I do have to watch that she doesn’t throw herself into the fire! (It’s electric and we’ve removed all the loose bits, so it’s safe, but not ideal for head-diving at)
9. Remove everything that’s not really heavy the second baby starts crawling (ie. leave the sofas, tv unit/cupboard, but make sure they are secured to the wall and doors are babysafe).
10. There are not enough toys in the world to keep her in one place. She gets bored of her toys much much quicker now (this might not be related, but it’s a bit of a pain!).
I’ll post some of my baby proofing lifesavers for crawling in the next post (baby proofing tips), so, to make sure you get any more follow up posts, do sign up for email alerts to follow my blog ? and while you’re following me why not follow me on twitter or Facebook too?
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I’ll be back with the follow up tomorrow, sorry, I’m far too exhaust from chasing H! It’s definitely cup of tea time!