Crawling is an important developmental
stage in your baby’s life. The mechanics of crawling stimulate
different areas of the brain – areas that are critical to
your baby’s development by:
brain activity through repetitive movement, and thus developing
cognitive processes such as concentration, memory and comprehension;
balance, muscle tone and hand/eye co-ordination, which are necessary
for future reading, writing, and physical activities;
left and right brain co-ordination as both hands, legs, eyes
and ears are required to work in synchronisation;
confidence as the child determines where he/she wants to go,
moves in that direction, and thus, achieves their goal;
abstract thinking skills as your child realises their position
in the environment, and anticipates and avoids obstacles;
them with many hours of enjoyment, and sensory stimulation,
as they explore their surroundings.
begins with your baby having time on his/her tummy. Since
the realisation that sleeping a baby on their back dramatically
reduces their chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), many
parents have been hesitant to give their baby necessary ‘tummy
time’. This has directly resulted in flat spots on babies’
heads, flaccid neck muscles and poor head control in some babies.
Tummy time, during waking hours, is vital for the development of
strong neck and shoulder muscles, and head control, as the baby
is encouraged to lift his/her head in order to observe the world
around them. Make tummy time fun in the early months by lying your
baby on your chest in a semi-upright position, or propping them
up with a rolled towel under their arms. Once Baby has mastered
the head lifting skill, you may like to encourage forward movement
by placing a toy, or yourself, in front of, but slightly out of
his/her reach. You’ll be surprised at how quickly, and early,
the reaching, grasping, pulling, and pushing-up-onto-all-fours skills
can be developed and achieved, with a little coaxing and persistence.
to baby proof your home. Once your baby shows the initial
signs of movement, it’s imperative you take quick action as
full mobility is swift. Ensure stairways are gated, and fragile
and dangerous objects are out of reach, as it won’t be long
before he/she is pulling him/herself up on the furniture.
babies learn to crawl between 6-10 months old, and may continue
beyond their first birthday. Babies’ crawling efforts can
be frustrated by a multitude of environmental obstacles as their
sensitive knees come into contact with harsh surfaces in and around
your home. Polished floors and tiles make them slip and slide. Carpets
can cause friction burns and redness. Pavers and concrete produce
scrapes and grazes, or unnecessary strain on their developing muscles
as they compensate by moving on hands-and-feet-with-bottom-in-the-air.
‘Comfy Crawlers’ can alleviate all these painful situations
by providing traction, padding and comfort as your baby explores
his/her expanding world. By securing ‘Comfy Crawlers’
over your baby’s clothes you can also avoid wear and tear.
You’ll be glad you did - they’ll give you peace-of-mind!
Remember, every child
is unique, and will develop at their own pace. Enjoy every moment!
Claudia Savic B Ed, DpT ECh