The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

On becoming a monkey

Posted on: January 23, 2006

Shoshanna has discovered the power of climbing. She kept climbing into her swing and then falling, so we took it down to prevent her from hurting herself. Then she figured out how to climb into her bouncy seat, which still lives in her room. She thinks making that bounce up and down is downright hilarious. And then, today, she managed to climb into the camp chairs that are currently our only living room furniture. She can’t quite figure out how to get turned around in order to get down from them safely, though.

She also tried to walk off of the edge of the changing table today – fortunately, she was still hanging on to me at the time. Just proves that she’ll walk off the ends of the earth to get to a pacifier (she’d seen one on the floor under her bed and wanted to go get it).

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There’s a researcher at NYU who did really cool locomotion research on toddlers. Shoshanna’s obviously still a “cruiser”, right? ‘Cause basically, she found that kids who are still using a railing (or mom or whatever) for support as they walk were completely oblivious to big chasms in the floor that walkers who weren’t using the railing avoided. I saw videos, and it was amazing! Kids trying to walk into chasms left and right.

That’s funny, ’cause they have the whole “Will the baby crawl into open space even though there’s really plexiglass there to support them?” experiment at the Ontario Science Centre and Shoshanna performed exactly as expected. Refused to crawl onto it, scurried to get back onto “safe” territory when she accidentally strayed off the edge of the “cliff”, etc.

So she’s just confused. But yes, she’s still cruising – she’s up to about 5 seconds of unsupported standing at a time, but give her something to hold on to, and she’ll walk all day.

Oh, that’s totally expected, too.

The interesting thing about the studies is that kids will notice gaps. It’s just that they only seemed to notice gaps in the part of the setup they were focused on for support. So the true walkers noticed gaps in the floor, and didn’t care if there was a gap in the railing. Cruisers would ignore gaps in the floor, but would balk if the floor was solid, but if there was a gap in the railing.

And there was some other study about sitting and reaching. Before a certain age, kids in a sitting position would reach so far across a gap to get something that they’d fall. (Or almost fall and be caught by a parent.) I think Shoshanna’s past that age, though.

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