Wow! This week has honestly been the biggest jump in development for Molly since she was born! Honestly, I kind of felt like the last couple months weren’t huge in terms of development. She was just kind of doing the same things over and over. People kept saying to me, “isn’t it crazy how much they change all the time?” And I would think “not really”. Ha! I almost started to worry that maybe Molly wasn’t developing the way she should be. I mean I always thought she would be crawling at 10 months old. Actually I thought she would be crawling way before 10 months. I was always assured by my pediatrician that she was developing just fine and everything was “perfect” (her words. AND mine ?). But man, I think Molly was just waiting for the right time to blow us away with all of her new skills!
This past week alone she has learned to crawl (Yay for crawling at 10 months old!), stand on her own for about 10 to 15 seconds without holding onto anything, learned to cruise the furniture from one end of the room to the other, learned to get on all fours from her tummy, and learned to pull her self up from a seated position. Crazy right?!?! All of this has been in the last week alone. It has completely blown me and Kevin away! Oh and she even said “Hi “for the first time too!
Anyway, the point of today’s blog is not only to share all of her new development, but to share how we encouraged crawling at 10 months old. I had posted to Instagram Stories a few times that she wasn’t crawling and blogged about it here on Ali Luvs. And I got multiple emails from different moms stressing the importance of crawling. While I appreciate the concern and appreciate them sharing the knowledge they had, I honestly didn’t stress about it too much. Our doctor wasn’t concerned that Molly wasn’t crawling so neither were we. But still, we thought it was worth trying to do exercises to encourage her to crawl. We looked some up on YouTube and none of the explanations really made sense to us. But then one day when we were at physical therapy (Molly had to go to PT for a few sessions so we could learn stretches to help stretch out her neck because she had a very minor case of torticollis – which has already almost completely corrected itself with the stretches!), Molly’s physical therapist asked us about her crawling. When she found out Molly wasn’t crawling, she showed us some things to help encourage Molly to crawl.
Quick thing to note. The reason we didn’t start these exercises earlier is because everything I had read said that a baby would crawl when they were ready. So I didn’t try to push it. But I wish we had seen the physical therapist 6 weeks earlier. It would have saved us so much stress and Molly would have been so much happier!
This is what we learned:
1. She put Molly on all fours and pushed gently on her little wrists to show her that it was OK to put weight on her palms. Molly hated putting weight on her palms and would never do it so this was a good way to show her that she could do it.
2. She also encouraged us to do the wheelbarrow with Molly. I would hold her legs and hips and encourage her to walk forward on her palms.
3. The third exercise was holding Molly in the position of being on all fours. The reason we needed to do this is because Molly would never get on all fours. She just hated it.
Anyway, I hope all of this makes sense. I’ll do a little video later today when Molly wakes up from her nap to show you these three exercises. I’m not sure my explanations are that great. Ha!
Oh and it’s important for you to know that when Molly did all three of these exercises, she would usually cry the whole time. But after only four or five days of doing these exercises once or twice a day she started crawling on her own! I am so incredibly proud of her!
Up next, walking!!!!! As you can see in all these pics, Molly is so close to walking on her own! Her pediatrician thinks she’ll walk before she’s one. That’s in a little over a month! One thing to note for babies starting to walk, is make sure you have a pair of soft bottom shoes for your little one as they learn to walk outside.
I want to end with this. Molly LOVES her new found freedom! And so do mommy and daddy! Before she could crawl, she would just lay in one spot or try to roll across the room to get something (not very efficient and she could only move laterally) so she would often cry. Cry until I went and helped her stand up so she could walk holding my hands to get around. My back was KILLING me! Now I am able to leave her to play by herself (With my eyes still on her obvi) while I clean up or respond to an email here and there. Some people told me that I would be exhausted once she started crawling. It’s been the opposite for me! I can finally sit down for a minute while she gets around on her own. Thank goodness for a baby safe space with a child gate! Ha!
OK, that’s all I’ve got for now. I hope somebody found this blog helpful. Come back later today and I’ll post a video to this post demonstrating these exercises.
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