Many parents can not wait for their child to run. They would most like to practice running with him before he even crawls. They are actually "hands tied". Because the motor development is a maturing process, which runs according to internal laws.
Each baby's pace
A feature of early motor development is its large temporal spread. This means that each child has its own individual pace and that this development can not be influenced by practicing. But by ensuring that the child has enough freedom of movement to pursue his natural urge to move freely.
Therefore, the baby should not spend too much time in baby carriers or car seats because they restrict the natural movement too much. It is best to spend a lot of time on the floor and in the prone position while awake. Not only is this safe, but it also gives them all the freedom to move, roll, crawl, crawl, or move on.
Better not help with moving
Movements or postures that are not developmental should be avoided at all costs. To put a baby down before crawling (in a bicycle seat or high chair) is e.g. too much stress on the back. Only when the baby safely takes the so-called long seat (straight back, angled legs, weight is evenly distributed on both buttocks), this attitude can no longer harm him.
A baby should not stand upright for too long, as long as it can not do that by itself. In the second trimester, babies can already pull themselves up on Mama's hand. Usually they are only on tiptoe. In principle, there is nothing wrong with this exercise. However, babies in this position should only spend a few seconds and then be put back down.
87% follow a certain procedure
The basic motor development usually runs in a specific order, does not have to be learned and develops out of the child's own drive. So the baby raises the head first, with three to seven months it turns from the back to the stomach and finally from the stomach to the back. At seven to ten months it begins to seal, that is, it uses the arms and legs to move forward, but can not yet lift the belly.
Finally, it rests on hands and knees and enters the quadruped stand; an important prerequisite for crawling. But first, there is still some time left and right with rocking until the baby has found a secure posture. The crawling then still requires a decent coordination. Because it has to move a leg and an arm simultaneously and crosswise forward. Ninety percent of children manage this with 10 months.
If the children have made the transition from the prone position to the knee level, they can also sit up soon; initially supported laterally with one hand, then in a long seat. A little while later, the babies start to pull themselves up on low furniture, maybe taking a few lateral steps. And soon, only one hand is needed to hold on. If there is enough balance, the path soon leads to freehand standing and the first steps. That succeeds 50% of the children until their first year of life.
No rule without exception
In addition, there are also babies who use rather extravagant forms of locomotion or do not dream of keeping to the typical sequence. They move e.g. rolling through the apartment, crawling backwards or having special fun on the so-called circular slide. It turns the infant on the spot, with fulcrum belly. Momentum brings the rowing or pushing with arms and legs.
Typical examples of skipping entire stages of development are children who do not start to seal or crawl, but from prone to running immediately. Or babies, who instead of the quadruped stand, start walking out of the so-called bear track (hands and feet with raised buttocks). Without the intermediate crawling the children miss out on an important coordination exercise. When crawling, the reciprocal or diagonal movements of the arm and leg have a decisive influence on the coordination of the two brain and body halves.
There are scientists who blame the lack of crawling for subsequent deficits in body coordination to reading and spelling weaknesses. So in actions that require a particularly good cooperation between the two halves of the brain.