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Babies are competitive athletes in diapers
Higher faster further! This ambition not only drives top athletes, but also children of the crawling age. During the Olympic Games we admired the well-trained athletes on television - all baby parents have a little competitive athlete in diapers at home. We have compiled ten daily top performances from babies and toddlers.
Babies take as many steps as marathon runners
One of the amazing achievements, for example, is that a baby can take as many steps in one day as a marathon runner. Or that it takes as much energy to take its first steps as an adult who walks hard for two hours? In addition, they are real stand-ups who get up again and again, no matter how often they have fallen. This is what development researchers have observed in studies with babies and toddlers.
Never again do we learn as much as in the first two years
In no other phase of life does a person make such rapid developmental progress in such a short period of time as in the second half of his life. Around the eighth month, a baby can crawl on its stomach - the prerequisite for exploring its surroundings on its own and becoming independent. From then on, the little ones work with tireless zeal and enormous effort to get up, crawl and finally get on their feet. On average, children from the 13th month can stand and walk freely.
Sooner or later everyone can walk
"Can your little one walk too?" Is a typical question when two mothers meet. Many suspiciously compare their baby's abilities with those of others and are concerned when they see what appears to be a developmental delay. But Professor Malte Mienert, developmental psychologist at the European New University in Kerkrade (Netherlands) reassures us: "The acquisition of gross and fine motor skills takes place in phases. Not all children crawl the same, and pulling up and grasping can also look different from child to child However, in the end, all children will have acquired similar skills. "
Small children are proficient in all important movement sequences
This means that toddlers can stand, run, run, jump, purposefully grip and increasingly purposefully throw until they are three years old - these are the essential motor skills that a person needs. At the same time, the children's motor self-control is trained. "To put it simply, anyone who learns to walk must also learn to brake and stop," Mienert sums it up.
To move is to learn
The developmental psychologist explains why movement is so important for a child's development and why the little ones have to live out their urge to move as unhindered as possible: "Through free movement, a baby learns everything it currently needs for life. At this age, learning is not a headache, it is it is the interplay between perception and physical movement. " He therefore advises against restricting babies for long periods of time with playpens or baby harnesses.
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