He refuses to walk on all fours

He refuses to walk on all fours



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You see them these little adventurers, who trudge on all fours. But yours, nothing! He does not decide to go on all fours and prefers to contemplate the world ... Question of character?

  • It is true that as early as 8 or 9 months, the majority of babies roam the space on all fours ... while yours remains desperately motionless, sitting on his buttocks! It is part of about 15% of children - according to the observations of various specialists and professionals - who will not go through this quadruped stage. After sitting, he will embark on the biped walk, with no intermediate step. Why this specificity?

Too tiring, the four legs?

  • The character of your baby is probably expressed. Some children are less adventurous than others, in observation more than in action. Sitting suits them perfectly: as long as they can take an interest in everything that happens around them, they do not feel the need to move in the immediate future.
  • Your baby is in doubt phase? To move on all fours, it is necessary to lean on the arms and dare to be in imbalance. A risk that not everyone dares to take.
  • The context and lifestyle of the family play an important role. When a child spends a lot of time in his recliner and rarely has the opportunity to lie face down or flat on the floor, he has little opportunity to experiment on all fours. The walk on four limbs is necessarily on the ground!
  • He does not walk on all fours, but he crawls. Physiologically, these are identical movements since in both cases they are alternating arms and legs.

Not serious, but a pity

Do not panic if your child does not know this means of locomotion: it does not indicate any medical or neurological problem!

  • For some specialists, this stage is not essential. And as soon as your baby walks, it will not make any difference with the four-legged followers.
  • Other specialists suggest - though this has not yet been proven in a scientific study - that babies who have not experienced this position are for a long time less confident, are a little less adept and have less control over their bodies. .
  • The four-legged experience is useful in many ways. This type of displacement muscle back and improves the mobility of the pelvis, widely used in walking. It allows to work the coordination of the arms and the legs as well as the alternation of the movement of the legs. Finally, it encourages the child from 8 or 9 months to assess the obstacles, bypass them, cross them and understand what is happening in his body when he moves.

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