Crawl. Don’t walk.

Do you have an eight, nine, or ten month old baby attempting to walk? If so, don’t let them.
Yes, I know that sounds mean but it is real world advice. Learning to crawl is a developmental milestone that must be achieved yet often overlooked. Crawling is a developmental milestone that must be achieved. If a child skips the crawling stage because they are just advanced, they will encounter serious consequences- incorrect muscle tone, poor coordination, allergies, and learning disabilities. To name a few.

Walking, running, skipping are learned processes that start with crawling. With regards to the neurological setup, humans are contra-lateral beings. Think opposite arm, opposite leg. When we learn to crawl, we push with one leg and pull with the opposite arm basically. The complex cross-body patterns are stored in nerve associations in spinal and peripheral nerves, cortex, and cerebellum.

The term “if you don’t use it, you will lose it” is pretty much the truth. We must develop all corners of central nervous system so that we operate optimally.

Think about it. A baby learns to crawl by first establishing head and neck control and then gaining confidence while in tummy time. Neck control enhances proper structural and functional development from the cervical spine all the way down to the sacrum and coccyx. Neck control also enhances physical strength in the arms and shoulders. Once the baby is full cobra, he or she can become acquainted with new surroundings and improve visual competence.

From the cobra position, the baby may start to scoot or do some special crawl. Then, finally grasp the most efficient way to crawl via cross-crawl. This means opposite arm and opposite leg move together. This baby is now exercising his or her whole body entirely. The core is activated the arms are stabilizing and directing while the legs are providing the powerful foundation. Not only are they becoming physically fit but they are working their mental game as well. This baby is enhancing strength, balance, coordination, visual capabilities, and associated vital motor skills.

Encourage Cross-Crawl

  • Promote Tummy Time.
  • Place toys out of reach.
  • Lead by example-crawl.
  • Carpet is better crawling as compared to wood.
  • If your baby has a “special” crawl that lasts, take them to the chiropractor.

 

 

Workout

Advanced (35#), Intermediate (25#), Beginner (15#)

AMRAP 20

20m bear crawl or spider man crawl

20 step ups

20 hollow rocks

20m bear crawl or spider man crawl

20 squat jumps or air squats

20m bear crawl or spider man crawl

20 DB strict press

*Modifications

Remember to go at you own pace and scale as needed. This is a long AMRAP just to keep you moving. Rest a minute or two between rounds. Make sure you can carry a conversation. When crawling, really reach with your arms and push with your legs. If you want to do double unders, please do so as either the step ups or the squat portion.

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3 comments to " Crawl. Don’t walk. "
  • Hi Lindsey – great post. How would you recommend stopping them from walking? My oldest started walking at 9 months. She was definitely able to crawl and did it for about a week, but she just wasn’t interested in being on all fours. She was determined to get up on those legs. No encouragement from mom or dad – we both wanted her to spend some more time crawling! – but within a few weeks she was standing, then walking. We didn’t even have much furniture in our home, and somehow she managed it. The only way I could have prevented her from walking was to strap her in a swing or car seat.
    She is four now and has amazing muscle tone and coordination now – she wins dance competitions against girls twice her age. She can already read and has no allergies. It seems like everything turned out fine but I always get worried when I read stuff like this, since I’m aware of the science behind it all. I completely agree that parents shouldn’t push their kids to walk to early, but what about the babies that just want to walk – how do you stop them?

    Love your blog! :-)

    • Perhaps you can encourage more crawling rather than walking. Crawl around on the floor with him/her. Watch a movie with both of you laying on your tummy. Perhaps he/she needs little support to feel comfortable in the cobra positions. Get a pillow or roll. Make crawling fun and normal:)

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