Building Gross Motor Skills
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As adults, we use gross motor skills daily without a second thought, but these skills develop early in life.
Gross motor skills allow for movement and coordination of large muscles, enabling your baby to turn over onto his or her tummy, crawl, and walk. You can help your baby develop gross motor skills.
Turn your baby over onto his or her tummy
Gross motor coordination begins with the core muscles, so turning your baby onto his or her tummy allows your baby to strengthen the muscles of the neck and back.
Crawling leads to walking, and if your baby has a good reason to get from point A to point B (such as a toy placed just a little distance from where they are), it could encourage crawling.
Even before your child shows any signs of walking, simply supporting your baby to stand up can already be great practice, while building strength in many of the body’s large muscles.
Walking with support
Once you’ve supported crawling and standing, the next natural step to take is to practice walking. Stand behind your baby and support the arms to practise moving those little feet.
Reach for it
The same way you can encourage crawling by placing toys a small distance from your baby, you can help build the muscles of the back and arms by making your baby reach for a toy that you hold just out of reach.
Spend time at a playground
Once your baby can walk, you can encourage playing at a playground or climbing on a jungle gym for toddlers.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult a healthcare professional.