Is your baby crawling yet? I heard that question at least a dozen times for a few weeks and although I should know more than anyone that all children are different and that they reach every milestone at the moment they are ready for it, I couldn’t stop creating expectations on when was it going to happen nor I couldn’t avoid comparing the motor skills of my baby with the ones other children that were her same age or younger had. I imagine this is something that all moms deal with at least once and that’s why on this post I would like to share a couple of things I learned about crawling.
Crawling is a very important phase of development. When reaching this milestone, impressive things happen in the brain:
-the two hemispheres get connected
-the cross pattern develops
-the vestibular, proprioceptive, visual, tactile senses are developed
-helps the baby to adapt to the environment around him
-helps in lateralization
-helps in eye-hand coordination
For some reason, I use to think babies would just one day get in a 4 point position and start moving. After recording many videos of her, I found out that as any other learning experience, motor skills are developed sequencially. Many small tasks open the door to complex tasks: from the most basic (being able to lift their heads just after a few weeks of being born) to the most difficult (learn to sit by themselves).
When I thought she was about to start, she would develop a new movement. From the moment she sat with no help at the age of 7 months until the day she finally crawled at 9 months I observed at least 10 different movements. I can realize now the incredible amount of connections that had been happening in her brain in that small time lapse. I realize now too I had so many expectations and in the end… she made it in the time she was supposed to. That’s why I believe that
“Let every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be”
3 activities that helped her to discover her body and skills were:
1. Create a space where she could move freely.
2. Allow a lot of time on the floor and spend a lot of time with her sharing this space while playing.
3. Bring objects of her interest even if they were not necessarily toys. For some reason she really likes the tv remote and mom sandals.
She has discovered how to crawl. We are moving forward into a new baby stage. Now, she literally doesn’t stop.