Is the crawling milestone no longer necessary for a child’s development?

By: Integrated Learning Strategies

Crawling requires cross lateral movement, which many believe activates both the right and left sides of the brain. These types of exercises can help the emotional and logical sides of the brain develop for better learning growth.

No matter if a child crawls or not, we strongly encourage parents give their babies access to a full range of toys, tummy time, swings and other tools that give kids the stimulation their brains need to learn and grow.

If a child shows signs of crawling and the desire to creep and crawl, encourage them and give them every opportunity to do so within their environment. Crawling and creeping on hands and knees contributes to many sensations, which is important for a child’s overall sensory development.