At a Crawl

PIP At a Crawl

Crawling is an important physical stage in its own right which enables babies to break away from their carers for the first time and is significant in reflex development, says Anne O’Connor…

Ko (9 months) is out in the park with his mum. They don’t have a garden but mum takes him out somewhere every day. Mum’s first language is Japanese and she also speaks English. Ko was asleep in his sling when they arrived and mum laid him down on the grass until he woke up naturally. Ko has just begun crawling. After a few minutes of playing with mum and getting used to his surroundings in the park, he begins cautiously to move off and crawl around, stopping to focus on the grass and plucking at the daisies, as well as watching the people passing by. He keeps close to mum’s body, scrambling over her legs and then crawling carefully around her as she sits on the grass. She keeps talking to him, laughing with pleasure as he reappears from behind her back. As his confidence grows, he branches out a bit further, crawling off towards the bench at the edge of the grass. He quickly comes back to mum, who greets him warmly, bringing her focus down to his face and clapping her hands on the ground as he quickly crawls towards her.


1 Ko has recently begun to crawl and is enjoying the new-found freedom and independence that this brings him. He is no longer completely dependent on someone providing interesting things to stimulate him – he is able to go off and find them for himself. Increased scientific understanding of child development helps us to appreciate this crucially important stage of a baby’s development and the link between physical development and the building of brains…

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