Six things crawling brought into our lives

Talitha started crawling at eight and a half months. In the last month and a half, crawling has brought us…

1. A redefinition of Baby Led Weaning

“What’s that in your mouth, Talitha?” is our home’s latest catchphrase. I’m discovering that no matter how often you sweep, hoover or mop (not that I do nearly enough of these anyway) a crawling baby will find something disgusting to snack on. Just tell me paper is an acceptable food group.

2. An unparalleled level of destruction

I have always been messy. Now that Talitha has combined the art of crawling with the passion of emptying bags and boxes, I flat give up.

3. A new hierarchy in our home

Talitha is delighted with the cats. She often scuttles across the kitchen floor after Bojangles. At least once every day they have a face off through the cat flap. I’m trying to teach her the meaning of “gently” but I think they’re still less than impressed with her attention.

4. No more cuddly lying down feeds

It’s as if her body is programmed to meet any surface with an automated reaction: flip and crawl. No matter how tired or hungry, unless it’s the middle of the night, she will unlatch and proceed to climb me. Sometimes she then remembers what she was doing and lunges for the breast, continuing to crawl while trying to get a suck in.

5. Danger

Everything in our home is either dangerous or in danger. Even where it’s baby-proofed (sort of) there have been so many more bumps and falls than I could ever imagine. I regularly find myself telling her “Oh-oh, yuh bonx yuh head?” It’s so Trini that I must have heard this phrase a lot as a child (probably spoken to my brother) and be drawing on that early memory.

6. Fun unforeseeable

Yes, yes, lots of people said to enjoy her immobility and I’ve told others that as well but it IS more fun when they can crawl. It’s exciting seeing how busy she is. Every moment she’s off discovering something new. Then she crawls back, tugs at my jeans and signs for me to pick her up. We are in this together.

[she/her] • writer • unschooler • team Soul Farm • Revillaging podcast • breastfeeding counsellor • Trinidadian in Cornwall

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  • She is so CUTE! It just gets worse. Although she’s not walking, F is positively bullet like in her crawling now. Watch for when Talitha starts hiding behind the curtains. That’s not amusing when you spend 10 minutes trying to find your child, who is quietly chuckling behind the curtains in the corner. Panic doesn’t come close! 

  • Naomi’s favourite thing is to lick the kitchen bin or play with Daddy’s oily bike. She’ll make a beeline for the closer of the two any time I turn my back, especially if I’m taking Ben to the potty because she knows she’s got a couple of minutes where I’m totally tied up!

  • She is so adorable!!! She is clearly having fun even though you must be tired running behind her. I’ll brief you now wait til the walking starts. And pray she isn’t into too much climbing, lol. I constantly running around catching my son from free falling, he seems to hell bent of doing trust exercises.

    This is a great phrase for her. Her little personality will come through even more now. Continue to have fun together.

  • I was so relieved when Iyla started crawling, mainly because she had spent two weeks on all fours rocking whilst crying and getting really frustrated. It was awful! It is more fun though and next will come the climbing up on the furniture and the walking then the climbing on the sofas! Each stage bringing more danger with it! x