Babies may begin to crawl around six months. However, some babies may never crawl; sometimes they will roll, scoot, army crawl, or move in other ways leading to developing skills in walking.  As babies develop increasing skills in mobility, the caregiver must continue to adjust the environment and boundaries to keep children safe while allowing them room to explore.

Sit at a table, hold the baby in your arms in front of you, resting your elbows on the table. Tilt baby up at an angle so you are face to  face with the baby. Gently, slowly rock and sing or hum to get babies attention. When baby is looking at you, speak to baby looking straight into baby’s eyes. Gently lower baby on his/her back and repeat.

Goal: Babies focus on the face and voice and build their neck muscles, which helps them hold their head up.