Top 3 Reasons Why Baby Crawling Must Be Done Correctly
Top 3 resaons why baby crawling must be done correctly
accept baby crawling as THE one milestone all infants must master.
But despite this widespread acceptance, few realize why it is so
important. And how to make sure their baby benefits most learning this
Through crawling babies learn and discover spatial concepts like
under, over, in and out.
This skill also gives babies vital sensory stimulation through their
hands and knees which is vital for gross and fine muscle development.
In short, they learn skills necessary to stand, walk and write
Research shows that many children who never crawled properly often
struggle with poor balance.
Some of them struggle to ride a bicycle. Others are simply clumsy. And
then there are also the ones who often fall and injure themselves.
Many variations of baby movement exist.
But the important question is: do all these different ways of crawling
give the same benefit?
Do variation of movement or locomotion like bear walking, bum shuffling,
commando style crawling, ordinary crawling and sometimes forward rolling
all give the same development benefit?
The answer in short is… no.
Not all movement "styles" give the same development benefit as
But... any of these "styles" are considerably better than not crawling at
Traditional or normal baby crawling alternatively uses both arms and
knees - straight arms and on knees - to move forward or sometimes even
Moving backwards is often found when babies are just learning to crawl.
This is a normal development pattern. And nothing to worry about..
The biggest benefits your baby get from ordinary baby crawling comes
from two things…
Firstly, learning to simultaneously bearing weight on both arms and legs,
Secondly, learning to alternatively use opposing arms and legs to move
forward stimulates both brain halves.
Learning to bear weight on arms and legs develops and improves
equilibrium and balance.
Babies without this experience almost always struggle with these skills
later on. This lack is often obvious in below-average sporting
Commando style crawling as well as bum shuffling and even rolling
forward (we're specifically only talking about rolling to get from one
point to another) do not give exactly the same weight bearing stimulation.
But there's a third more important thing about learning to crawl.
The ability to use both legs and arms to crawl normally is more often
than not a good indication that a baby is still developing normally.
Stated a little differently…
There's usually a deeper, more important reason that needs further
attention should a baby fail to master normal crawling.
It is often due to some physical inability or development delay.
And it's easy for professionals to treat and overcome such inability
once it is identified.
At what stage should you consult a pediatrician or
Read more about when your
baby should start to crawl. But a golden rule of thumb is to do so if your baby is 12 months or older
and still doesn't crawl.
Perhaps one of the most frequently noted reasons that babies fail in
getting a complete development experience is failing to properly master
normal baby crawling.
One of the biggest advantages any parent can give their child is to
closely measure and monitor development. And one of the most important
measurements is their baby's ability to crawl correctly... at the right
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