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Why Babies Need To Crawl

I am so amazed at how quickly children change and develop. I only get to see my students once a week and believe it or not a lot can change in a week. Last week one of my eight month old students could not hold her body up to sit up by herself. She needed props and pillows all around her to support her. I was ecstatic to see her sitting up by herself when I came to herĀ  class to teach her music and movement. I greeted her with an enthusiastic “Hello followed by her name. She game me that million dollar smile I love so much.

Although she was not yet mobile she moved her body to the music very gingerly. All of her weight was moving forward, so she was making a 45 degree angle with the floor. I explained to her director that although she was sitting unassisted we still need to build her core strength and upper body strength so that she would be able to sit up straight making a 90 degree angle with the floor instead of a 45 degree angle.

I also explained to the director that if she didn’t lean forward she would fall over backwards if she tried to straighten up. Isn’t that amazing that her body figures out a way to keep up upright. I explained to the director that this is why we do the exercise of having the students crawl through a tunnel like object. Crawling and scooting( where they are not on their hands and knees) help children to build upper body and core strength. This is necessary for them to go from crawling to eventually walking. All children take the same path of development but at different times according to their own individual development.

One other very important purpose of crawling and scooting is to integrate both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. This is very important because not only does it integrates the brain which helps it process information quicker. It also builds brain architecture and support neurological organization of their nervous system. Crawling and scooting are very essential aspects of child growth and development.

Giving babies ample floor time gives them an opportunity to develop both the muscles of their bodies and also ensures neurological health. Babies have to move. Through movement they are using their muscles to create pathways and connections and wire their brain. They also need to move to develop their muscles for future skills they will need like walking and feeding themselves. Cognitively they learn about themselves, their surroundings and environment.

So give babies ample time and space to crawl, scoot or just be on their tummies. In Early Childhood we call this tummy time. So make tummy time a fun time that can also be used for learning. I would love to hear about some of the activities you use with your baby during their tummy time. Please remember to share this with your friends, family and anyone who would find it useful and leave a comment below.

4 Responses to “Why Babies Need To Crawl”

  1. Hi! Visiting from the UBC. All this talk of letting babies have room to crawl and scoot on the floor reminded me I need to vacuum. LOL. Great post tho! Good to know for when I have squirts of my own :)

    • D'TaRelle F. Tullis says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Grant. Get good practice vacuuming those floors so that when the little squirts come you will be ready. LOL.-)

  2. Really enjoyed this post. Babies do need that all important floor space. You are right children change so fast:)

    • D'TaRelle F. Tullis says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it Toni and thanks for stopping by and please come again. Also glad you realize that babies need floor space. Sometimes I get flack about it but I say put blankets down on the floor if you haven’t cleaned it and are concerned about that. Even a little bit of time is better than none at all. I’m a parent also and I know how mommies can be so busy and pulled in all types of directions.

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