Crawling fun with infants! What does that mean? Well, the movement explorations babies do learning how to get their body to move. It irritates me to no end when I hear mothers say “my pediatrician said it was OK if my baby didn’t crawl. He assured me he will walk anyway.” Argh! Why is it not common knowledge that the brain utilizes developmental movement in order to become organized prior to walking.
Certainly an infant will walk; however, they will have missed all the building blocks so important for having a less stress filled life. Remember crawling should be an engaged activity. You can learn so much by enjoying your infant’s learning experience. Please use touch and movement support with your baby.
My new book just arrived from the press. It is filled with useful skills and tips and I am so pleased with how it came out. Thanks to Chelsea who did all the graphic layout.
The importance of Crawling cannot be overlooked
A reminder to make sure your baby crawls! Here is why they should crawl:
- Crawling makes brain connections from the brain stem into the higher brain levels
- Brain connections mean a more integrated brain which means more resilient under stress
- Crawling helps with sensory motor coordination, which is the building block for later reading and learning
- This movement integrates upper and lower body, both sides, and cross lateral patterns in the brain
For specific information about infant developmental stages, order my new book!
Enjoy this fun video: Sometimes new parents need a fun way to enjoy their baby’s growth.
Also, make sure your baby is using their primitive reflexes. Especially the baby grasp. Years ago I worked with an adopted girl from China who was really struggling with emotional regulation. It also turned out when we tested reflexes, that her grasp was very weak.
Have ever seen the homunculus image of the brain; it is a graphic representation showing the actual size of “brain real estate” used by the hand and the mouth and lips. Very important that these limbs work well. This weird looking figure shows the comparison of how much activity goes to the hands and lips compared to the rest of the body.
If you want to learn more contact me directly. I do give baby workshops for practitioners and parents.
Best to you,