If Baby becomes comfortable on his tummy, after some weeks he'll start to try to move around. He may first roll, push back, and then possibly pivot around his belly button. Then he tries to move forward. He becomes interested in things he can see that are out of his reach. As his arm reaches out, his foot on that side pushes. As he slides forward on his belly, his weight shifts to his opposite side allowing him to reach out his other arm which triggers the leg on that side to push.
Belly crawling is basic and simple, and is also amazing and complex. It never needs to be perfect yet most babies, from the healthiest to the challenged, benefit from a little assistance as they effort for successful belly crawling.
The whole family is watching, waiting and working for belly crawling to happen. It's a big step in Baby's development because he begins to make a flood of new connections between his brain halves when he does this movement. Sometimes Baby will be frustrated when he tries to move. This frustration is often the thing that opens the door for his first pushes forward.
In the first two videos, the viewer sees the typical efforts of belly crawling in a 5-month old who has been working at it for weeks. In the third video, we meet a 10-month old girl, who was born small and has some muscle spasticity; she's also working on belly crawling.
I hope you enjoy these beautiful children and their wonderful parents.
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On The Way To Walking, The Essential Guide to Natural Movement Development™
by Lenore Grubinger, RSMT.