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Sometimes, Crawling is Hard

This week, we were taught three new exercises to work on:
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By: Emily Elling

Yesterday baby Paul had his first physical therapy session to work on and improve his gross motor skills. He’s ten months old today, and according to our pediatrician and a physical therapist evaluation, he’s mildly delayed when it comes to sitting up, pulling up, and crawling.

And even though he’s just absolutely perfect in my eyes, we’re moving ahead and have penciled in physically therapy twice a month. So what are we hoping to get out of these sessions? Basically, to learn different exercises and activities to encourage active play.

You see, he’s a very content baby. So content in fact, that he’s perfectly happy to just sit on the floor without attempting to crawl or move around.

This week, we were taught three new exercises to work on:

1. One to encourage sitting up on his own. Instead of me putting baby Paul down on his rump every time I set him down to play, I now put him down on his belly (which he does not like very much), and then through a series of movements, help him roll over into upright sitting position.

2. One to encourage core strength. Paul has a very mild case of Diastasis Recti, which is a very common abdominal malformation found in babies, and in time will hopefully correct itself. But because of this condition, his core is weaker than most children his age. But because of Diastasis Recti, we’re working on strengthening his little belly with modified “baby sit-ups”.

3. One to encourage mobility. Simple stuff like putting a toy just out of his reach, so he has to stretch off his bottom to grab it. His current favorite toy that he always wants to play with is this little BAMBI Thumper pal, which makes clicking and rattling noises when handled.

I will admit, many of the tips we’ve been given thus far by the physical therapist sound like “no-brainer” activities. But because my other three kids crawled by 6 months, and even walked by 11 months (which I now know is early), I think I’ve taken for granted simple milestones such as sitting up independently and learning to crawl by the first year.

So we’re in uncharted baby terrirory. But baby Paul is a trooper, and he’s super fun to play with so I don’t mind working with him on this minor mobility issues.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 14reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My daughter wasn't crawling till 9 months, so I wouldn't say that baby Paul is too delayed. My son on the other hand is already so incredibly busy. He is six months and already "inch worming" all over the place. Every child is different, so for the author; I wouldn't get my hopes down. He wild get there. Also from my experience, it seems to me children don't roll over onto their back to get back to sitting position, they typically bring their knees and feet under them when on their tummy. April 16, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My little princess just turned 7 months March 19th and I have been worrying because she has shown absolutely no interest in crawling. She does NOT like tummy time at all. After about 5 minutes on her belly she starts screaming. Although we do tummy time daily. All she will do is raise her upper body up and balance on her hands. I'm realizing maybe she's just not ready. Babies have a schedule all their own and it may not be the schedule we want them to be on. March 21, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This article is very good. I encouraged "tummy time" every day and as the days progressed, so did she. I would also encourage you and/or your other children to get on the floor and crawl around. Your baby will soon mimic what you/they do- Crawl Away! February 28, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son is 7 months he has been crawling since he was 6 months. I tried and tried to work with him on sitting up and pushing up but he would get too distracted by a toy or a person and end up falling or crying at me. So naturally i just worked with him once or twice a day with sitting him up against me or a pillow he sat up on his own and instantly learned the crawling. I was surprised and that is when i learned that babies have their own pace they like to work at. January 12, 2015
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