Early climbing for children aged 8-12 months

Early climbing for children aged 8-12 months

9 June, 2020

Transitional gross-motor milestones – part 4

Welcome back to transitional gross motor milestones. Your babies are far more mobile now! Which is so much fun but also means you may have to have a closer, watchful eye on those moving little people. Nothing is completely safe, including them, but the experiences learned are the stepping stones for their lifetime of motor choices and experiences. Luckily, a baby’s developing desire to climb is usually matched with their motor ability to do the job. Usually babies learn how to crawl and to pull to stand and start climbing in very close succession.
Climbing demonstrates the baby’s ability to plan and problem solve and how to manage their bodies on unfamiliar, uneven, and unsteady surfaces. It involves coordinating their arms, legs, and body while learning about different surfaces, heights, and depths.
Deb’s Key Takeaways:
Skills needed for safe early climbing:
Why climbing is important:
Climbing shows the baby’s ability to plan and problem solve and how to manage their bodies on unfamiliar, uneven, and unsteady surfaces. It involves coordinating their arms, legs and body while learning about different surfaces, heights, and depths.
How to keep young climbers safe:
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Ways to help your baby to learn to climb:

Development of the skills needed for climbing: 8 to 12 months

A pull to kneeling/stand can look awkward at first! It usually happens quite quickly after crawling, and in a perfect world would happen from the crawling position, though there are lots of ways babies will start to get up. As your baby crawls up to an object such as a couch, a coffee table, or even your legs, they will naturally attempt to stand up, and soon come back down, fairly quickly in the beginning. It’s a skill! Practice makes perfect.  Remember, all babies move forward through gross motor milestones at their own pace and in their own way.
 8- 9 Months:
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10 months:
11 months:
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12 months:
Climbing is important because:
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Ways to help your baby learn to climb:
How to keep young climbers safe:
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Climbing is a wonderful skill that develops between 8-12 months and continues on into toddlerhood as they become more and more mobile. Early climbing provides your baby with the opportunity to practice balance, motor planning, depth perception, and risk taking. Enjoy your early climber by making their surroundings as safe as possible and by joining in their exploring things and showing them how to climb safely.
Keep safe and well.
Deb
By Kristy Allison
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