HOW DOES YOUR BABY LEARNS TO CRAWL?

Go baby go!

baby crawling in grass

Rolling is the first way your baby starts to move around. Some babies will roll across the room to get to a toy, but most babies will roll around for fun and only 1-2 rolls. This means crawling is the first way for most babies to get to a toy by themselves.

Some babies will belly crawl before they push up on hands and knees. Some babies will skip belly crawling and practice crawling with a plunge forward. Some babies will crawl backwards before they crawl forward. 

When a baby is crawling he holds his head up to 90 degrees, he pushes up on straight arms and pulls his legs under his belly. He then holds his trunk above the ground, and he maintains all of the above while he shifts his weight moving forward.

baby crawling in grass


Before your baby can crawl, he needs to master these skills:

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TEACHING KIDS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY WALKING

My success rate teaching kids to walk significantly improved when I changed my goal setting method. Instead of step by step goals, I now have one goal: walking. This allows me to focus mostly on activating and strengthening muscles and muscle groups that keep the body upright and move the body forward in a standing position. The beauty of this approach is that the children learn to sit, crawl on their own or with relatively small intervention.


a 21 steps approach

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BABY’S FIRST BIG MILESTONE: HEAD CONTROL

sweet newborn with mama

Head control is essential because all of the following motor milestones depend on it. Your baby can not roll, sit, crawl or stand without head control. Babies who have difficulties with head control will either need professional help, or they will learn to hold their head with compensation. This compensation could affect the whole body, the developing movements, and skills.

sweet newborn with mama

MILESTONES OF HEAD CONTROL: STAGE ONE
DAY ONE TILL THREE MONTHS OF AGE

YOUR FULL-TERM NEWBORN BABy

Your full-term newborn baby’s whole body is in a “flexion pattern” which means that the head, shoulders, arms, back; legs are all in the bent/forward position. When you place your baby on her belly, she will not be able to straighten her arms, legs or back. This makes it a bit challenging to lift her head up. Learning of motor skills and being out of the womb will help your baby’s flexion pattern disappear by the age of ~two months.

Full-term newborns have a reflex that helps when learning head control. If you place your full-term baby on her belly, – face forward onto the mattress – your baby will turn her head to one side to assist herself breathing easier. This reflex will help your baby learn to lift her head up. 

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WHY IS MY BABY NOT WALKING? NOT EVEN TRYING!

rational mind

Because it is as hard for him.
It is as hard for him to attempt to walk as it would be for you to cross to the other side on a thin log 15 feet high over a fast running stream.

He thinks in the now. In the present moment, or Now it is hard to walk for him, impossible perhaps. So why would he try?

His rational mind is not mature yet to predict the future. His brain can not assist him to see beyond a certain point. Without the rational mind, he does not see that the effort he has to put into learning a difficult task will pay him off later. He wants a cause and effect now. If his actions do not give him satisfaction in the moment he will try something else. So he chooses a very smart route. He adapts.

rational mind

Even though adults have their rational mind developed well, adults don’t act that much different either

We all adapt differently. Some of us try walking with a different gait pattern. Some of us try locomotion with a wheelchair. Some of us have bodies that can not move according to our will at all.

WHAT IS YOUR CHILD’S GROSS MOTOR PERSONALITY?

Gross motor skills and your child's personality

What is personality?  “It is a set of individual differences that are affected by the development of an individual: values, attitudes, personal memories, social relationships, habits, and skills.”  This also including gross motor skills.

I wonder, how much each skill affects our children’s personality?

 

My kids could not avoid their physical therapist mama teaching them rolling, sitting, crawling. They could have learned on their own but I wanted to give them a head start in locomotion. The results were very different. They both taught me many valuable if very different lessons.

My daughter, a very strong girl, (my perpetual mover) thrived so well with the extra training, her gross motor skills developed so fast, that she crawled at 5 and ½ months. However, my laid back, low muscle tone son would not even sit independently by 7 and ½ months but decided to show off a skill set of sitting, crawling and pull to stand all in one day. Clearly their genetically given muscular tone, balancing skills affected how and when they learned to sit and crawl.

Up to this day, my children’s gross motor skills are vastly different. They also have very different personalities, different interests in sports and almost every area.

Is our personality a collection of skills or does our personality directs the development of our skills?

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