Crawling: 7 Benefits of the Under-Appreciated Milestone

We applaud the first roll-over, video the first step, and record the first words, but what about the first time your baby creeps across the floor? This is perhaps the most important developmental milestone, but definitely the most under-appreciated. It is sometimes regarded as a nuisance milestone because the baby is suddenly on the move and we have to childproof, scrub the floors, and keep the family pet out of the way. Let’s talk about some of the benefits of crawling, and remember, once your baby pulls to standing and takes that first step, the opportunity for these benefits is lost forever.

1. Crawling strengthens your baby’s trunk muscles.

Think planking for babies. Just as a…

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