Nine-Month Touchpoint: Crawling

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Nine-Month Touchpoint: Crawling


Nine months is such an exciting age and such an important touch point in development. One of the exciting new things that happens somewhere around 9 months of age is that babies begin to crawl. And this exciting new motor development is disorganizing for the baby because it's exciting to be able to get away from parents, but it's also a little bit scary. So babies may be a little more clingy at the same time they're seeking these opportunities to get away from you. And it's also hard for parents because as exciting as it is to see this new independence, there's also this sudden realization that, "my baby's not a baby anymore. He can get away from me on his own." And it's also disorganizing because now you've got to be everywhere all the time. You've got to get down on your hands and knees and look at your house from your baby's perspective to see what kinds of dangers are lurking on the floor, under the table, so you know your house is safe for your baby's new mobility.

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Joshua Sparrow, MD

Child Psychiatrist & Author

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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