BABY'S GREAT ADVENTURE
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BABY’S GREAT ADVENTURE. Baby’s ability to move and mobility development.
Baby’s OMSDEP: Her mobility development intentions:
To raise herself into a standing position and walk one or more steps.
Cruising is when baby, who until now has been a creeper on her hands and knees, pulls herself up onto furniture or other objects and walks while using the furniture for support. She should begin to lift herself into the walking position called cruising at the end of this level. Cruising is a difficult task at first and baby usually acts very cautiously, like a rock climber who carefully moves each foot a short distance while keeping a tight grip on the rock face.
In a natural environment baby can cruise by using tree roots, trunks, branches or logs, large rocks or other suitable land formations for support. In a modern built environment baby can cruise by using, for example, furniture, walls, gates, fences and railings for support.
After learning to get up baby needs a ‘cruiseway’.
When baby begins to cruise she needs a suitable pathway or ‘cruiseway’ on which she can travel.
A cruiseway is made by parents placing large and stable objects such as furniture in a row and close alongside each other. Baby can then hold onto the objects while cruising. Also suitable for making a cruiseway are large cardboard boxes filled with heavy objects that will not move while baby cruises.
Ideally the cruiseway will be made from furniture that baby can easily hold onto while she pulls herself up into a standing position prior to cruising. Furniture such as chairs with rungs between the legs, or lounge chairs with cushions removed, can be useful for this purpose. The furniture should also be stable so it does not slip when baby puts her weight on it. Ideally she will be able to pull herself up and move from one item of furniture to the next with ease. Encourage baby to use her cruiseway ten times each day.
Baby’s first independent step:
When baby can easily cruise for two or three meters, items of furniture along her cruiseway can be separated by about 100 millimetres, so she will now have to reach across the gap to continue cruising. The gap is then made larger each day until baby has to stretch out to reach the next piece of furniture on her cruiseway. The width of the gap is then only increased by very small amounts each day as baby will now have to let go of one supporting piece of furniture and move forward slightly before she can take hold of the next piece of furniture. This may be how baby takes her first independent step. The gap is only increased if baby succeeds in crossing it. If she does not succeed in crossing the gap then the width is reduced or left the same. When she does eventually succeed in crossing the gap it is then, once again, increased a little. Obviously the furniture and environmental conditions around the wider gap should be soft and gentle to baby if she falls. For example, soft carpets and well padded furniture are suitable.
When baby can cruise for one or two meters play one of the following two games with her ten times each day.
The walking game:
Hold her around the waist in a standing position with her facing towards, but just out of reach of, a wall, soft lounge or other object she can easily hold to support herself if she steps forward. Hold her so that she is fully supported by you and not the object, but her hands are able to grab the object and hold onto it if you let her go. In a joyful way explain to her that you are going to let her go and that you expect her to hold onto the support object. “This will be great fun…” you can say as you begin to explain. And that is what it should be for baby! Let her go and be ready to catch her. Hold onto her again as soon as she reaches the object, don’t leave her to support herself unless she wants that. Enthusiastically congratulate her for her success.
When you first play the walking game baby can be touching the wall, while not fully supporting herself on it, or be only a few millimetres from it. It is very important that baby succeeds in this game the first time that she plays it. Each time you play the game you can move baby a little further away from the object that she is going to move towards and hold. As the distance is gradually increased baby will begin to take a partial or full step before she can reach and get support from the furniture or other object. The walking game can be played each day until baby can walk across a four meter wide room.
The parent to parent walk:
The parent to parent walk is a variation of the ‘walking game’.
This game is played in the same way as the ‘walking game’ except that the child walks from one parent to the other. One parent holds and releases the child while the other parent catches her. The distance between parents is gradually increased each time the game is played and as baby’s ability to walk improves.
Activities for parents and babies:
Make a cruiseway and encourage baby to use it ten times each day.
When baby can easily cruise for two or three meters, items of furniture along her cruiseway can be separated by about 100 millimetres, so she will now have to reach across the gap to continue cruising. The gap is then made larger each day until baby has to stretch out to reach the next piece of furniture on her cruiseway. The width of the gap is then only increased by very small amounts each day (say 1cm) and it is only increased if baby succeeds in crossing it. If she does not succeed in crossing the gap then the width is reduced or left the same. When she does eventually succeed in crossing the gap it is then, once again, increased a little.
When baby can cruise for one or two meters play the ‘walking game’ (see above) with her ten times each day.
For variation play the ‘parent to parent walk game’ (see above) ten times each day instead of the walking game.
If baby must be carried when you are walking then always carry her on your hip and avoid using a pram or stroller.
What baby should be doing at this Level of development:
Cruising every day.
What toddler should be doing as she enters the next Level of development:
Walking for a distance of 4 meters with her arms at her sides without falling.
An average child is likely to move on to Level 5 at approximately age 18 months.
A magnificentchildren.love child could potentially move on to Level 5 at approximately age 9 months.