How can I save a crawler from falling backwards and hitting his head? If I carry him till his back and neck can support his head weight will he learn to sit?

We keep him on a rug on the floor when he learns to crawl, and I keep pillows on all four sides too. Still he moves and falls where there is no pillow; he moves off of the rug and falls.

I can't sit with him all day and hold him when he falls. How do you save a 7 months from falling?


He will get the hang of it with time and practice so give him the opportunity to learn. He needs to get the feeling of balance to stay upright and to build up muscle strength.

Until he has learnt, I don't think you can do much more than you already are. We did the same with our son, putting cushions around to protect him but occasionally he did fall elsewhere. As long as he doesn't fall heavily onto a very hard surface, it's unlikely to do much damage from sitting height. At 7 months you can't really leave him unattended for long periods anyway and I'm sure he will let you know if he gets a bump.

For you, it's good practise for getting the balance between how much to protect him and how much to give him the freedom to develop. In a few more months he'll be walking where he'll fall from higher and survive and there will be many more situations after that where you'll have to make a judgement of when to step in and when to leave him to it. This is a relatively harmless situation to try allowing him a bit of independence.

  • Thank you.. I'm getting depressed because I am not able to help him.. He falls backwards more than 10 times a day.. He never falls on the pillow.. he moves and I can't be with him arranging the pillow all day.. I get up and read paper or talk with people or move around.. He will be on the floor where he gets everybody's attention.. He moves and falls.. – Ramya Aug 28 '16 at 12:59
  • It's normal to want to protect your child but as you say, you can't watch him constantly. A few falls will help him learn. Make sure he's on a soft surface like a blanket, carpet or playmat so he won't hurt himself badly if he misses the pillows. In another month it will all be forgotten and you'll have another problem to think about! – MiniMum Aug 28 '16 at 21:14
  • There is no carpeted area at home.. it is marble flooring.. he hits his head on marble.. hope he grows fine – Ramya Aug 29 '16 at 2:50

Our four-month old can now sit up unattended. We tend to put her on a quilt on a carpeted floor with a V-shaped pillow behind her and a couple of toys to pick up (which she normally attempts to eat - but of course they are too big). With this set up she won't seriously hurt herself whichever direction she falls (and you're right, it can be in any direction of the 360°!). Remain in earshot and you'll hear if he ends up in an uncomfortable position.

I am curious how your baby is crawling before being able to support his head. If he is crawling, then I suppose you also need to consider that he might escape. If he can't support his head yet though, he won't be able to sit unaided.

  • Thank you.. He is heavy .. so he cant sit for longer period.. – Ramya Aug 28 '16 at 10:33

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