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Different ways of crawling are okay!

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 1:28 pm | By Stephanie Woo

Fascinating how babies have such different ways of locomoting. Not all crawling is hands and knees. M crawls mostly on her elbows and knees, like a little combat soldier. B crawls mostly by putting her two paws out in front and then pulls left knee, then right knee along with her. When she puts those paws out, she looks like a feline pouncing on a prey! Different crawling patterns does not affect future locomotion, just another part of their distinctive individual personalities…

The best toys for exploration

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 9:26 am | By Stephanie Woo

Whenever possible, buy toys that are made of wood, rubber, metal or textile. They have distinctive feels and excellent for exploration. Give the child the best examples of what our world has to offer. Just found these things around the house to give to the kids as toys: wooden button, short honey dipper, 4 jingle bells tied together with a 1/2″ ribbon, two piece of cloth sewn together and filled with brown rice. Cut down on the plastic toys. If you must give them plastic, at least make sure it is high-quality plastic.

from left: honey dipper, rubber protrusion ball, two pieces of cloth sewn together with rice inside, basket to hold all three

Do not put your baby in a standing position

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 8:42 am | By Stephanie Woo

Babies love to sit. They love to stand even more. Parents will put babies in those positions because they look adorable AND it seems to make the baby very happy.

Babies love to stand because they get to see the world from a completely different point of view. However, there are several reasons not to do this before they’re ready.

1. Babies who stand before they’re ready can be bow-legged. Putting them in the standing positions is also problematic for their developing spine. The same goes for sitting. When you put a baby in a sitting position, if they fall forwards or backwards, it means they are not ready to be sitting. Don’t let them stay in that position for long. Bumbo seats are designed to keep baby in sitting positions before they are ready, do not put your baby in one of those. It is detrimental to their development.

2. Holding your baby up to stand or putting them in contraptions that keep them in those positions, like the walkers, are very bad for your baby. Children who are put in those contraptions tend to move on to the next movement milestone (sitting, crawling, pulling up, walking) LATER because they don’t have the motivation to learn to do those things on their own. Even more importantly, they don’t develop the proper cause and effect, “When I do this, I get to see this.” Instead, they don’t need to do anything and they get to see the world from the point of a view of someone sitting or standing. It skews their understanding of their body and movement – which is something they spend so much time exploring and learning the first couple years of life.

So help them develop the proper cause and effect of movement.  Be patient with them. Allow them to reach the stage where they can pull up to stand on their own. The joy and confidence they develop when they can finally do it by themselves is a priceless gift you can give them.