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MOTOR MILESTONES & DEVELOPMENT
[CRAWLING] My son is a belly crawler, occasionally rocks on his hands and knees and uses his toes and a knee to push himself forward. He is completely unhindered by legs or objects and will pull himself over or up onto as if he was crawling. My son is 10 months old and has gone to PT for pigeon-toed feet and Torticollis. He was just discharged because he has meeting his expected milestones. He was also a big baby and would really struggle with holding his head up after growth spurts. He also couldn't grab his feet until 7 months. We had to start stretching him to be able to do. We spent 6 months only doing tummy time and now i realize he may not have the lower body strength for crawling so I am trying to do mommy therapy with him to encourage toe touching. Any tips or tricks would be helpful.
I would certainly defer to the PT who knows him well but just from what you're describing I wonder if he might benefit from some core/belly strengthening play. You describe the extremity strength (arms/legs) to crawl over over objects and to belly crawl but you describe challenges in head control, flexion / abdominal contraction to reach toes and only brief hands and knees positioning for rocking. Some ways to play to promote core/ab strength for a kiddo his age are: sitting upright on a moving surface (like a slow moving exercise ball, a lap with alternating adult thighs lifting, a flat/platform swing or sitting on a lap on a porch swing), pull-to-sit and sit-to-back play (like baby sit-ups with hand holding assist), play in half-kneeling (one knee down and one foot down with knee bent) or tall kneeling, and rolling play.
[LOWERING FROM STANDING] My daughter is 10.5 months old, and I’m wondering how to encourage her to go from standing to getting back down. I’ve tried handing her something down low to see if she’ll bend down to get it, but she’ll either cry, ignore it and keep cruising, or fall back onto the floor.
So not squatting from a standing position and falling back onto the floor from standing - sounds like your little one might benefit from some leg strengthening play! Simple ways to play: sit to stand from your lap to a low surface to play and stand to sit back down with just a little help, play in half-kneel (one knee one the ground, other foot on the ground with knee bent) and pulling up to stand through half-kneel (roughly equal time/play/work on each side), standing on one leg to play at a surface (you lift the other foot by bending the knee), and mini-squats (place a toy at her thigh or knee level beside her so that she only has to micro-bend her knees to grab it). You can stabilize her hand on the surface to show her that it will help her to keep a hand on.
[PRAM] When you say baby gear are you talking about a pram too? My baby is a little over a week old and we really want to take him for frequent walks. I didn’t want to have him in a car seat for prolonged periods because I know that’s not ideal for his development so I bought a pram so he could move around more and lay in different positions.
Pram isn't a term we use in the US but I *think* it refers to a flat stroller (like a small crib/cot on wheels). We call that a bassinet here ;) and yes - that's a great option and doesn't count as a semi-reclined piece of gear / baby bucket / baby container.
[JOLLY JUMPER] My 5.5 is active, curious, spends most time on tummy. I am wondering what your opinion is on Jolly jumpers - I think my son would love one. He’s very “kicky”. I don’t have one yet but wondering if there are any contraindications for his physical development.
I discuss jumpers and developmental considerations of using them my free resource, The Happy Healthy Baby Gear Guide.
Head Shape / Plagiocephaly
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[PORTION SIZES & POOP PROBLEMS] I love your Food Before One course. It has helped me a great deal with feeding my 9 month old. A question I had for you - do you regulate volume of feeding or give them as much as they want? And what do you do to help with changes in stool? Our daughter went from her easy to pass breastmilk stool to more formed harder to pass stool. Any advice?
So glad you enjoyed the course! I describe some general meal sizes for both the 6-9 month age range and the 10-12 month age range in Part 1, Lesson 4 of the course. Because the primary source of nutrition until 12 months should be breastmilk or formula, I do regulate volume if baby is an enthusiastic eater and intake of solids is impacting intake of breastmilk or formula. I would also continue to time solids after breastmilk or formula feedings until a year of age. More firm (and stinkier) stools are normal with introduction to solids but if passing stool has become uncomfortable make sure baby is getting some sips of water with solids and is getting plenty of fiber (fruits and veggies). A few foods known to constipate are bananas, applesauce, cereals/grains, yogurt and cheese. A few foods that can help soften stools are "the P's" - pears, plums, peas, peaches and prunes as well as the "B's" - broccoli, beans and bran. If constipation becomes an issue - speak to your child's doctor.
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