Mobility - how a baby learns to crawl, walk, and discover the world
Babies already move a lot in the womb. They roll over, touch and move their feet so frantically that the parents-to-be can definitely feel it. Once they are born, the laws of gravity constrain their desire to move. Then, they have to learn what it means to maintain balance and consciously control their own body. Turning is the first big step towards mobility.
At what age do babies start to turn over?
The development of a baby's mobility varies greatly, so it is difficult to give an exact time when a baby can consciously turn from their front to their back and back again. About half of babies manage this by six months, while others need a little longer.
Particularly inquisitive children usually turn a little faster and want to be more mobile so they can imitate other children. Other babies stop turning over and go directly to sitting or crawling. It is easier to turn over if the baby's arm, back and neck muscles have already had some exercise.
Rolling, crawling and moving on to new horizons
After the first six months, babies become more and more mobile almost every day. They turn merrily from left to right on their play blankets, move their arms and legs in a coordinated way in one direction, increasingly trying to reach out for toys and grab them. At some point, play mats just aren't enough anymore: The little ones want to explore the entire room and begin to pull themselves forward, often in a very wobbly, unsteady way. Every child has their own technique. Babies can also start crawling right away. Their natural curiosity drives them to discover more and to increase their mobility.
Step by step to becoming a world explorer
How turning over, crawling and running can be encouraged
Fostering mobility with play gyms and play arches
A soft, padded play mat is the ideal surface for mastering the first time they turn over. Colorful play equipment on the ceiling or training games provides even more stimulation for the desire to be mobile.