Crawling

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Last Month's Wow:

Babbling

Baby has a new way of expressing themselves, and it’s a critical step on the road to communication.

The Wow of Now:

Crawling

As baby begins to move further out into the space around them, a new level of independent exploration is reached (and with it the first signs of separation anxiety).

The Wow Ahead:

Picky Eating

As the world keeps changing around them, baby’s desire for familiarity may present itself as restrictive food choices—ie. picky eating.

The Wow

Crawling is the first form of independent movement. Usually, it starts with sitting independently and reaching for something to play with. Crawling serves to further develop baby’s vestibular system, cognition, problem-solving skills, and coordination. It also strengthens shoulder and thigh stability, which impacts feeding, play, and later, skills like walking, dressing, and writing. 
 
But all this new exploration means that baby is further away from you, aka their secure base. And so begins the delicate dance of freedom of independence and the security of connection: separation anxiety. Before babies develop object permanence, they don’t realize that things continue to exist even when they are not seen, heard, or touched—"If my mom isn’t in front of me, she’s totally gone!” But as babies get better at moving objects around they start to develop object permanence. This gives them the ability to form and retain a mental representation of an object, person, or place and is a huge leap in the development of memory and visual-spatial awareness. Separation anxiety, while unpleasant, signals baby’s deeper awareness that you are somewhere.

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