6. He Learns Confidence
When your baby first tries to crawl, he’ll probably become frustrated and may experience a lot of emotions. However, as he pushes through these emotions and eventually succeeds at moving forward, his confidence will grow. He’ll learn that persisting past failure is important for success. He’ll also discover his potential as well as his limitations. A healthy dose of self-confidence in these formative months can help your child become more independent and capable as he grows older.
7. She Learns How to Make Decisions
With the newfound independence self-transportation offers your little one, she’ll begin to learn that she has control over where she goes. Faced with multiple opportunities and options, she’ll be forced to make decisions. While these decisions may seem minuscule to you as an adult, they’re very important for your little one’s mental development. Some decisions may yield unpleasant consequences, like pulling herself up on a chair and tumbling over. But the consequences of these decisions will create synapses in her brain and help her learn what situations to avoid in the future.
Now that you know why crawling is important, you can encourage your baby to keep trying by giving him tummy time, putting toys just out of his reach, and making sure his environment is safe.