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How to Teach Your Baby to Go From the Army Crawl to Crawling

Parents are taught early on to place babies on their back to sleep, but because this is the most current and safe recommendation, many parents do not realize how important tummy time is, says Dr. Clare Cardo McKegney, a New Jersey-based pediatric nurse practitioner. “Placing your baby on his tummy multiple times a day for a few minutes at a time allows him to increase his truncal tone,” she says. To get him moving from the army crawl to upright crawling Cardo McKegney suggests propping his arms up, which allows him to stretch his back and get his head up. “Over time, the baby will begin to learn to place his hands down and move his upper body,” she says.

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