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Belly Time, Crawl & Creeping Milestones are VITAL!
Creeping & Crawling - The 2 most important developmental milestones that are often overlooked!
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 and motor skill successes.
The importance of a long crawling and creeping period in development is often overlooked by Pediatricians and parents. They don't know the vital importance of this developmental milestone and impact later on in life.
As Occupational Therapists we spend many years studying development and the research behind belly time, creep and crawling milestones. We see school aged children in therapy that have poor reading and visual focus skills, difficulties with bilateral skills, poor crossing midline, decreased trunk stability, and poor writing and fine motor skills all due to poor weight bearing on hands, shortened creeping and/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 and clear their air passages. Try not to put little ones in supported sitting, car seats, entertainers, walkers, and/or johnny jumpers when they can have a floor space to do their "baby workouts" on.
Belly time is their daily work out routine!
Crawling is their push ups!
Creeping is setting up right and left brain highways for bilateral skills, reading and writing later on!
Getting on their bellies sooner and ensuring lots of weight bearing work outs on hands and knees 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"
Weight bearing and creeping even through the 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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