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Bucket Babies. Have you noticed that our babies are now placed in "infant carriers" for a good part of the day? We apparently can no longer carry a baby, or transport a baby with out an infant carrier. What happened to the old-fashioned supporting a child with one arm? And juggling daily chores with a baby, dipping and bending to get things done...baby in tow? Their heads could perceive this movement, building a foundation for balance reactions. Their little bodies would be challenged by gravity, building core muscles. Our sweet babies now spend hours a day, flat on their backs, in rigid plastic...then go to sleep, where else, but on their backs!
Why crawl? The Walk The Walk blog by Susan Simms is an excellent description of some of the benefits of crawling. As a school-based occupational therapist, I was often asked what the best tool or activity was to help handwriting. Teachers were confused when I said, "a tunnel." If you are a teacher of pre-K, K, 1st and 2nd grades, you can help our kids by using tunnels, animal walks and tummy reading. You will strengthen all the muscles that are developed in our generation of "bucket babies." These muscles of the neck, shoulders, wrists, back and even the muscles that help our eyes work that are essential for schoolwork. Here's a list of some of the reasons crawling creates capable kids:
Are you concerned that kids don't crawl? Have you incorporated any crawling activities into class or home? Do you have ideas that can help our non-crawlers?