Is your baby crawling yet?

Mnay movements are done before crawling
A couple of days before crawling

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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.

  6 comments for “Is your baby crawling yet?

  1. July 3, 2018 at 12:33 am

    My six-month old is working so hard to start crawling! It’s amazing how quickly and how much they develop!

    • admin
      July 4, 2018 at 4:07 am

      It is indeed! Sometimes I feel like I would like to freeze time!

  2. July 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Wow! I never realized how the brain hemispheres were coordinating during this stage.

    • admin
      July 4, 2018 at 4:09 am

      Truly amazing! Remember each side of your brain controls the opposite side of your body. In order to crawl, brain needs to learn how to coordinate both sides.

  3. July 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    It’s funny how when our babies are born, we anticipate their next milestone. Then, we want them to go back to the previous one because they’re getting so big. I love when babies start crawling! It’s fun to see them discover the world around them in a new perspective.

    • admin
      July 4, 2018 at 4:05 am

      This is probably why, after a few months we already want another one!

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