My Baby – Week 25
By week 25, you may see your baby showing interest in becoming mobile. You may see her begin to do things, like move from a seated position to lean forward onto her hands, rolling or “bottom scooting” (you can probably guess from the name what bottom scooting looks like). In a seated position, these infants will use one hand behind their bottom and one hand in front, to scoot across the room.
In the coming months, you can probably look forward to your baby crawling. Most babies will begin crawling somewhere between 6 and 10 months, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, some babies skip crawling altogether. Some infants who skip crawling are just more interested in pulling themselves up to a standing position to prepare for their first steps. The best way to get your little one excited about crawling is to place desirable objects, like his favorite toy or even a sibling, just beyond his reach. As he improves, you can even create a baby obstacle course by placing items, like pillows or sofa cushions, between him and his goal. Negotiating these soft and safe obstacles will help improve both speed and agility. It goes without saying that obstacle courses are only to be attempted under adult supervision.
Even though babies develop skills using different methods and on different timetables, if your child hasn’t shown any interest in moving around and hasn’t figured out how to move her arms and legs in a coordinated manner by the time she is a year old, you should discuss it with your pediatrician. Also keep in mind, if your infant was a preemie, she may reach some milestones later than others.