This kid is cracking me up lately.
This kid, right here.
His lack of desire in crawling is bordering on hysterical, and as much as we don’t want to admit it, he may be skipping right over it and heading over to walking.
He’s a super-cruiser these days, and when there aren’t things to hang onto, he goes directly to his tried-and-true method of transportation…
*They* want him to crawl. And I get that, I really do. But I can’t keep up with him to turn him over every time he scoots around. I mean, dude, I’m pregnant.
*They* want him to crawl. And I understand why. There are connections that should be being made in his brain that he’s missing making those connections by not crawling consistently. Those left-right-left-right movements build those connections and kids who don’t crawl are now being linked later with things like dyslexia and ADHD. But we work on it, we do exercises that mimic the motions of crawling, hoping to build those connections manually, if you will.
And, while the goal is to have him crawl consistently – he does do so occasionally, it’s just not preferred – we are reminded that he will develop those connections by crawling around the floor with his cars and trucks, which he does already. So, while it’s important to turn him over, there’s also scientific evidence that points to the idea that crawling may not be completely necessary for other development milestones or at all behavioral linked. There’s a whole school of thought about how babies in other countries are held more, “worn” more often and longer. And they don’t have issues with ADHD and dyslexia. (And I’m talking well-respected countries, not mud-hut-living)
So, we try to get him to reset his default mode of transportation to “crawl,” but he’s so efficient with the scoot that it’s hard to keep up.
And obviously, he clearly prefers the butt-scoot over the crawl. I think his face illustrates his preference.