Front crawl: on encouraging my baby to move forward

September 25, 2012

Baby crawling

It’s as if someone has flipped the ‘activate’ switch on Eliza; she is now in a state of perpetual motion. Whereas before she would roll over, get stuck and then make loud, frustrated pterodactyl noises until she was picked up – repeat x many times until I collapsed in exhaustion – she’ll now happily and independently make her nosy way around and around the floor (especially when one of the holy trinity of baby wipe packets, phones or TV remotes are in sight).

Crawling has opened up a whole new world for her – a tangled maze of table legs and the previously undiscovered underside of furniture – and we’re often finding her edging beneath a sofa or retrieving her from being wedged under a chair. Everyone said once babies became mobile it would be a nightmare, but so far we’re finding it a whole lot more fun (walking will be a whole other ball game though, right?)

At the moment she can go backwards, diagonally backwards, round in a circle or to the side – everything apart from forward. She balances on all fours and teeters there, tantalisingly close, but then goes back on herself every time. We’ve been rolling balls, trucks and Angry Birds past her, and putting things ever-so-slightly out of her reach, all in a bid to stop her from being stuck in reverse.

I don’t want her to be backwards about coming forwards, but I reckon it can’t be too far off judging from her more mobile baby friends. She’ll surely figure it out for herself soon enough but in the meantime, does anyone have any good tips for baby-proofing a flat?

Baby crawling

(Photos taken first thing this morning, hence the sleep-suit and bed hair).

4 Comments

  • josie

    September 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Oh my god, what is it about packets of baby wipes and remote controls?! I’m not buying Amelie any more toys as she isn’t interested in anything but things she’s not supposed to be interested in. What’s that all about huh?! Oh, and Eliza’s hair is adorable 🙂

    1. gillian

      September 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you! She has so much of it, I think I’ll have to give her a mum haircut soon (poor baby). And it’s always the things they’re not supposed to have. For Christmas I might get her a box of labels, empty packets and an old phone 🙂

  • shirley Edwards

    September 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Time to buy stairgate (works well on kitchen door too)and to move anything precious from out of reach as she will be able to get them suddenly one morning and never stop. You now need cupboard safety catches, socket protectors, wire covers and to fasten anything she can pull over like the tv. All the money you will be saving on not buying clothes will go into B&Q etc for home safety items.

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