Based on children therapist in USA, crawling is the important step in children development that have a long impact. If they do not crawl, the muscles especially hands muscles are not trained. This effect will be seen in children capability to prop their body especially at above side of their body. This capability is needed when children write, wear clothes, climb or carry their bodies from swimming pool. Based on these therapists, children who do not crawl, take longer time to comprehend these abilities.
On the other hands, doctors in USA have different opinion. They said that there is no data that show bad impact if children do not crawl. They said that many children, who do not crawl, do not have disturbance in their development. They also said that crawling is not that important step like walking or standing.
Although there is a debate between experts, you don’t need to be worried. Just discuss this matter with your pediatrician. Moreover if your children have some skills that they have not mastered such as: sitting without your help or too have dominant certain position.
These are two reasons why children do not have chance to crawl:
- Children find their ways to move on. Just be careful, children who are always carried, are usually lazy to try moving on.
- Children who usually lay face up. This position is really suggested when children sleep to avoid SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). But when they wake up, it is suggested to let them lie on their stomach.
The good activity to stimulate baby to crawl is tummy play or playing activity in mattress or carpet where baby can lie down on their stomach or lay face downward. Then spread of their favorite toys. It is expected children can crawl to reach their toys.