Watch the “bunny hop” coordination of a baby crawling from grao5′s channel on youtube.com. Notice how as baby “crawls,” she takes both arms forward at almost the same time followed by both legs forward. This is the same coordination as a bunny rabbit hopping down the lane. This is one coordination possible for the motor milestone of crawling, and many babies learn it.
To encourage a baby’s gross motor milestone development toward optimal coordination, the contralateral (alternating) pattern, I offer two tips. First, I recommend putting baby on her back and moving her legs in an alternating pattern. Right-left-right-left, this will help teach her brain the alternating coordination. Second, as I recommend to all parents, avoid putting baby in a jumper or bouncing her on your lap. Just show baby the elements of the skilled coordination of crawling, and she will learn! The baby in this video has a wonderful determination to her movement, and with these tips her parents will be running to keep up with her soon!