Creeping vs. crawling…what’s the difference?
Why so big? Well it shows that Noah has the strength to possibly start crawling. As I was researching for this post, I learned an important thing. In the world of physical therapy crawling is actually defined as moving forward with belly on the floor pulling with arms and pushing with legs…who knew. Creeping is defined as moving on hands and knees with stomach up, in quadruped. Thanks again Patricia Winders for teaching me more about development than my entire pediatric residency.
Moving Forward With The Inchworm
Noah has been mobile for quite a while. (He even turned his crib into a learning-to-crawl exercise machine.) He gets places by scooting on his back, or his preferred way which is rolling until he hits something. I have found him under couches, across the room, and of course finding the most dangerous things in the room like outlets.
Today he found a way to keep his eye on the prize and move forward. We call it the inchworm. He gets into quadruped, falls forward and is up again. Per Patricia Winders this would be a type of crawling. I am surprised how fast he can do this, it is actually a pretty good way of moving. It also blows my mind how one day Noah is just able to do something. We had no idea this milestone was coming. The video is moments after he did this for the first time, and as you can see, he isn’t just taking one inchworm, he is going across the whole floor. In my opinion it is pretty impressive.
4 Types of Early Crawling Methods
Patricia Winders book, Gross Motors Skills in Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, is an invaluable resource to any parent raising a child born with Down syndrome. It’s one of our top resources, and one that I find myself going back to again, and again.
In the book she states that there are 4 types of early crawling methods which parents need to recognize. Once your child determines their method she wants you to encourage that method as much as possible. The four crawling methods are below, see if any of them describe a method your child seems to be drawn to.
- Reach and roll: reaching with one arm, rolling over that arm, reaching with the other arm, and then rolling to that side
- Pull forward with both elbows at the same time
- Pull forward with one elbow at a time
- Move onto hands and knees and fall forward (Noah’s preferred method)
Our physical therapist is ecstatic that Noah is doing this. Since we know he is strong enough to stay in quadruped, I asked her why he prefers to inchworm, as it seems like it would be easier to just stay up. She believes it is the coordination of muscles to alternate sides and maintaining core strength during that transition. Shocker that it all goes back to the core
Noah is pretty proud of himself. His face lights up when he starts moving and gets to the object he is looking at, which most of the time is either Rick or I. We are super proud of him too. (By the way, we mentioned the Fisher Price Snail in our top ten gift ideas post, if you don’t already have it, you should. It really is one of the best developmental motivators around!)
Did your child do any of the alternative crawling methods mentioned in the list above? Take a second to leave a comment below and tell us about it.