Our Son Has Turned His Crib Into A Crawling Exercise Machine

A few days ago I wrote about how our son reminded me of a muppet baby because of all the wonderful adventures he has in his crib while he should be sleeping. Tonight I learned that not only does our son prefer to choose-his-own-adventure just before bed time, but he also enjoys using that time to perfect his crawling skills as well. Our son has learned that his crib can also function as learning-to-crawl-exericse-machine. Thankfully the breathable bumpers keep his head from banging against the wood.

This boy is so creative…!

Crawling Ain’t Easy

downs syndrome downs sleeping crawling crib

Noah’s physical therapist has been spending a lot of time recently on helping Noah learn how to crawl.

For all of you out there who are new to this whole baby thing like we are, let me just say this…a lot goes into learning how to crawl! She spent months helping him develop some much needed core strength (which allowed him to sit up on his on) before moving on to the stage he’s in now, learning how to prop himself up (and stay) on his hands and knees. It’s so much fun watching him learn, and grow, and develop. Even though he’s only 9 months old I can tell he already feels a great sense of accomplishment because of all the goals he achieves every day. And he should.

As I said a million times, I’m so proud of this little boy. It’s as if God baked in an extra spoon full of hard work and determination into that extra 21st chromosome of his.

I love being this little boy’s daddy.

What goals are you working on with your kids right now?

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. Noah’s biggest fan didn’t forget about him! Life has just been well….a little busy. But there is always time for YOU!! So right now Julian (17 months, T21) is working on learning to walk. He walks on his walker a lot and with ease. He cruises furniture with ease, pulls himself up and down, crawls all over the place (and quickly!). And just on his first birthday a short 5 months ago he was just creeping with his belly on the floor and just learning to push up on all fours and rock.

  2. Wow! Love the video so super cute. Wish I had a video camera in my daughter’s crib. Anyway, as a pediatric PT from my perspective your son is amazing. You have a lot to be proud of. You can tell based on your video that he is motor driven. thanks for sharing. Most of the credit of his abilities go to he, himself, for working so hard but you can tell by your blog that his supportive parents absolutely play a huge role so don’t forget to proud of yourselves too!

    • Margaret, thank you very much. We appreciate the kind words. We actually don’t have a camera in his crib…I just recorded that on my iPhone (and added the effects in Final Cut Pro.)

      Although it would be cool if I did!

      Thanks for all the great work you do as well. We have a Facebook page also, if you aren’t already connected with us there we’d love for you to. —> http://facebook.com/noahsdadcom

  3. Hello. I am a mom of the baby who has brain damage. From S.korea. I found this page as I was looking for some information abt “crawling”. I am proud of Noah.
    I want to know how to strengthen core that your physical therapist did.
    My baby is 26 months and he cannot anything now, even keeping his neck straight.
    Thank you. I am waiting your responds.

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