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Movement and Play Two Essential Elements To Healthy Babies

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Movement and play are essential  for all babies to grow up healthy and achieve optimal development. I was reading several comments to an article written by an occupational therapist, a mother or three and has a PhD in Educational Psychology. This article was on crawling and the therapist and PhD gave her expert opinion on the fact that she felt it was instrumental in a child’s development. She also acknowledged that there are some babies that never crawled and were fine.

I couldn’t believe all of the argumentative and upset comments she got in response. Many people seem to get so defensive and wanted to slice the woman in two it seemed. To be fair not all of the comments were like this, there were many people who thanked her for the information and also agreed with her. What she was sharing was from her experience and training and she wanted parents to be safe rather than take any chances with their children’s growth and development.

To my surprise I read a comment from a mother whose son didn’t start crawling until he was a year old. He didn’t move  in any way or even  roll over until he was 10 months old. They found out when they took him to a physical therapist that he had tight hips and this caused moving to be painful for him. I’m going to print Jenn’s comment from “Why Is Crawling Developmentally Important” by Anne H. Zachry on Babble.com

“My son didn’t start crawling until he was a year old. He didn’t roll over or move in any way until he was 10 months. He was very quiet and he was unable to eat any solid food–he would gag when we gave it to him, so we were spoon-feeding him pureed foods until just after his first birthday. I tried everything to get him to move and then we began physical therapy at 10 months. Apparently he had tight hips, which made movement painful for him, so he was content to sit and play. The PT did exercises to loosen his hips, and she told us the reason he was gagging on solid foods is because the throat and mouth contain muscles just like the rest of his body and wouldn’t get strength until he started moving. She told us that is why Gerber divides their food based on stages (sitting, crawling, walking, etc)–because they know this. I’m not saying it’s essential that babies crawl, but once my son started crawling, he was able to eat solid foods with no gagging and babbled much more, and he became much more social. According to our PT, his rapid increase in development was related to his movement, and once we got him moving, he caught up quickly to his peers.” Jenn   written on  March 20, 2012

I thought this was  just so thought provoking and something I felt  all along. As humans we are designed to move. It is not normal to not move for extended periods of time. The old adage “use it or lose it ” is so true. Our muscles, and mind need to be challenged in order to grow. It is not a matter of being in a state of panic if your child doesn’t reach a developmental milestone by a certain time. It is a matter of ensuring that your child will receive the best possible foundation and start in developing into being the best them that they can be.

Lastly, there is a correlation between movement and developing in other areas of a child’s development like emotional, social and cognitive development. This is why I feel movement, music and dance greatly contributes to the development of the entire child. What do you think I’d love to hear from you. Please share your thoughts in a comment below. Also share this with family and friends online and off. Have a great day. :-)


4 Responses to “Movement and Play Two Essential Elements To Healthy Babies”

  1. I know nothing about babies and this article further cemented that notion.. LOL I had no idea babies could have tight hips. What a great post and a thought-provoking comment you shared. Poor baby… being in pain when he moved. Thank goodness he had loving parents that would not stop investigating what was wrong with their child until the answers came.
    Great post… and though this is about child development I’m inspired to get up and MOVE!!! Like you said we are meant to move… time for the gym!
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    • D'TaRelle F. Tullis says:

      Tamala thank you so much for the love! I really feel it and I am so glad even though you don’t know a thing about babies, you could still relate to this post. Even though you might not know about babies, but it helps to be knowledgeable about them if you’re an aunt or godmother or even just a friend. I’m glad you were inspired to move because that’s what I’m all about. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. Please come again. I can’t wait to hear about your adventures into magnificence. :-)

  2. Awesome blog name as well!! :)
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    • D'TaRelle F. Tullis says:

      LOL!!!! Thank you Tamala, a gift from Our Father. :-) People remember that name more than my own name. In my schools they’re like Yay!!! It’s Wednesday Pitter Patter Feet lady is coming today. I am happy and grateful for the work that I do in helping to create smart, fit and happy children:-). So I can’t complain.

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