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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 I guess every baby moves at their own pace, my daughter is 7 months old and she has not yet found any interest to crawl. I am hoping she starts soon because she will be turning eight months in two weeks. I wanted her to be walking by her first bday, but I guess I cant rush things. Children develop at their own pace. October 14, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This makes me feel so much better! My first baby is only 4 1/2 months old and i was worrying because he isn't crawling or sitting up yet….talk about new mommy ignorance right? Every baby has his or her own timeline. July 28, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I think this info is important for every mommy to know and do with their kids even before they find out their son/daughter is possibly delayed. Not that being delayed is a huge deal because let's face it- they have plenty of time before they NEED those skills to develop them. My question is: Why do pediatricians choose to give us this info only when we have a delayed child? Why can't they show us exercises to foster development BEFORE the skills should be learned so we can take charge and help them learn? May 21, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Every child develops at their own pace. My son started grabbing furniture and attempting to walk along them almost 2 months before crawling. November 10, 2013
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