Now that your baby is moving, the floor is his/her playground. In this age group we show you how to use the floor to your baby’s best advantage. It’s cheap and easy, but you need to make it a safe place for your baby to explore and roam freely. We provide loads of ideas about music, rhythm and movement, successful massage techniques for wrigglers and squirmers, movement ideas and games that will have your baby in fits of laughter.

For an infant, crawling on their front and creeping on all fours is very important for the development of the spine, the back and neck muscles, as well as for the inhibition of the primitive reflexes coupled with the development of the postural reflexes. It is also vital for all sensory input to stimulate the later integration of the two sides of the brain.

We encourage parents not to sit their babies until they can do it by themselves. No infant should be sat up unsupported until they can seat themselves and the equilibrium (parachute) reflexes are present.

Don’t be in a hurry for your child to walk. Let their body and brain tell you when they are ready. There is no hurry to walk – they will walk for the next 80 years. It is important to initially put into place the foundational patterns that prepare your baby for walking.