“Oh, your baby isn’t crawling yet? Well every baby is different.” The first time you hear that statement, you’re likely going to want to jump to your baby’s defense. Especially if it is coming from the doctor. Because as I found out, no parent wants to think that their child might be behind the normal curve. As much as the above statement is stomach churning, it is true and a lot (almost all) of the factors are out of your control. Everything from rolling over, sitting up, your baby’s weight, your baby’s height/length influence when they’re going to become mobile. In our case, GT has always been long and lean, 90+% for length but only ~20% for weight. So, he had a higher center of gravity (Dad-nerd term) which made it more challenging for him to sit up on his own. That, and he was lazy. Honestly though, what incentive does baby have for doing anything on his own when lying back on a comfortable pillow and waving your arms around is so awesome. And when you need something you just cry about it. This theory was confirmed by another parent at daycare who also determined their child was lazy.
Eventually, your once sedentary, “leave your kid alone on the floor and know where they’re going to be when you get back” child will be a figment of your imagination. The first few attempts are awkward and wound up in several faceplants. But after the confidence and determination set in, it’s time to choose one of the baby crawling styles. Some examples include the traditional hands and knees, bear crawl, and side scoot. GT’s baby crawling style, well…he went outside the box:
He invented it, tested it, honed it, and is now speeding through the house!