Creeping & Crawling - One of the Most Important Developmental Milestones
Educators often hear from therapists, "When in doubt, crawl, crawl, crawl!"
It seems from the onset, crawling is an amazing developmental activity that translates into all kinds of academic success.
The importance of a long crawling and creeping period in development is often overlooked by Pediatricians and parents as they don't know the vital importance of this developmental milestone and impact later on in life. As Occupational Therapists, we see children daily that have poor reading skills, can't crossing midline, have decreased trunk stability, and poor writing and fine motor skills all due to short or missed belly time! Infants should spend as much time as possible on their bellies from the time they can turn their head at a few weeks when playing.
Try not to put babies in supported sitting, car seats, entertainers, walkers, and johnny jumpers more than 30 minutes a day, as them getting on their bellies sooner will prevent a myriad of developmental and learning delays later in development!
Crawling is when you are on your belly "like an army man or snake".
Creeping is when you are on your hands and knees like a "cat creeping up on a mouse"
Doing this activity even through older ages helps in all areas of development:
We have wonderful brochures on belly time to help you find ways to help your infant or child crawl and creep daily!
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