Warmer weather is coming and we are excited to finally watch the huge piles of snow disappear! This month we will be reading books, and in the process talking about birds and flowers, exploring dirt, petals, and grass, and keeping an eye out for signs of spring! We will also continue to work on gross motor skills such as rolling over and crawling, as well as working on social skills while interacting with our friends in tummy time.
Please remember to bring appropriate outerwear for our outdoors adventures. When the weather is pleasant, we go out twice a day - once in the morning and once in the afternoon!
SOME TIPS FOR NEW PARENTS
Between six and ten months old, most babies really start to move. At first they may get up on all fours and rock back and forth—like a rocket at countdown, waiting to take off. But unlike a rocket ship, little ones might stay in “countdown” mode for a few weeks before they are ready to start moving. The process of learning to crawl is actually pretty complex. Babies need to coordinate the movement of their arms and legs, and develop the muscle strength in their arms, shoulders, and legs to support their weight. A baby’s first jump forward might actually be a scoot backward. As babies figure out how to do that arm-leg-arm-leg crawling movement, they sometimes go backward first, and then learn how to crawl forward.
HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR BABY'S CRAWLING SKILLS
Give your baby plenty of tummy time starting from birth. By playing on their bellies, babies develop the muscle strength in their shoulders, arms, back, and trunk that helps them learn to crawl.
Encourage your baby to reach for and move toward the toys and objects she is interested in. Lay interesting toys at just a short distance from your almost-crawler. See if he/she is able to move herself toward these objects.
Make sure your baby has a safe and supervised space he or she can use to explore.
Another tip is to place the palms of your hands behind your child’s feet when he is on all fours. This stabilizes him and gives him something to “push off” from when he is just learning to crawl.