Experts can agree that crawling is one of the most important steps in a child's developmental life. It is a step that should not to be missed. Studies have shown children who skipped the crawling milestone have a harder time in school than their peers who crawled. I know what your thinking… crawling? Getting from point A to point B? How important is it really? Crawling is so much more than getting across the room, and here's why!
Physical Strength: While crawling, neck, arm, leg, and stomach muscles will be engaged and in turn, strengthened. The strengthened muscles will help develop good gross and fine motor skills later in life.
Balance & Coordination: Both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are processing information while crawling. This works on coordination, as the baby needs to move their left hand and right leg at the same time in order to successfully move forward.
Crossing Midline: Midline is as it sounds, the middle of your body. Crossing midline is simply being able to reach from one side of your body to the other. For example, being able to grab a toy from the right side of your body with your left hand. When crawling and moving around the floor, babies are forced to cross midline to turn around or grab a toy.
Spatial Awareness & Vision: When crawling, babies have to learn where they are in relation to other people or objects in the room. They will also be working on binocular vision. This is learning and being able to make sense of distance. When your baby sees a toy in the distance, they will crawl over to it and eventually learn how far it really is. This will help them in getting a better understanding of distance.
As you have read, when babies crawl their brains work on multiple processes at once, all which help further development across many areas in their lives. I hope you enjoyed the information I have shared with you!
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