Friday, August 1, 2008

Dad tip #104: Babies frequently learn to crawl backwards first

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago how mobile our son had become by honing his ability to roll. I just thought I'd quickly follow that up with how much more mobile he's become as a result of his ability to pivot and essentially crawl backwards.

I guess it's technically not crawling. It's more like pushing himself backwards. And occasionally it's like crawl-pushing himself diagonally backwards-ish when he sticks one leg straight out to the side like a pole vaulter's pole in a weird way.

In any event, don't be surprised if this backwards mobility develops as I hear it's pretty common. Also don't be surprised if your kid gets himself stuck underneath stuff unintentionally. And lastly, don't be surprised if your baby ends up frustrated as a result of being stuck or as a result of his inability to move forwards.

For the record, our son is SOOOOOOOOO close to crawling forwards. He can get up on his hands and knees and shuffle forward a little but not enough to satisfy him. Sometimes he's also able to put a bunch of effort into one big lunge, but then he's kind of wiped out.