Cruising Obstacle Course for Babies

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Babies On the Move

I am reading Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter M. Vishton, Professor The College of William and Mary.

The professor explains that cruising begins after babies have started crawling and before they are able to walk on their own, (at about 8- to 11-months-old). When they learn to move around while standing up by holding on to furniture and objects, they are cruising.

You can set up furniture and objects around the room almost like an obstacle course so they can get around by themselves and feel accomplished getting toys themselves.

Of course while cruising, babies fall down a lot. So you will want to move any sharp or hard items out of the way and this activity should always be closely supervised.

Jumpers and exersaucers can be great for babies, but exploring the world on their own is important as well. Encourage their need to be on the move by encouraging cruising with safe obstacle courses.

Reference:

Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter M. Vishton, Professor The College of William and Mary

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