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Look at me! I’m 10-12 months old!

Supporting and understanding babies creeping and crawling development at 10-12 months of age with Intellidance®.

Look at me! I'm 10-12 months old! African American baby with a blue shirt is smiling and holding hands with his caregiver. A thick orange stripe behind the baby divides the image into two with an orange background.

From 6 to 12 months, a baby’s perception of the world changes dramatically! Babies begin moving about their surroundings on their own, utilizing different locomotor movements instead of relying on their caregivers. The feeling of independence provides them with the opportunity to discover their bodies and the world around them, as well as to learn new things.

Between 10-12 months old, babies are really starting to explore their motor skills! During this time they’ll start to crawl, pull up onto their feet and even take a few steps! It’s truly amazing to watch as they gain confidence in their ability to move around. If you missed our previous posts, you can read about babies’ creeping and crawling development at 6 months old here, and from 7-9 months old here.

Motor Milestones at 10-12 Months Old

At 10-12 months, babies can…

  • Cruise around furniture
  • Walk while holding onto their caregiver’s hands
  • Climb upstairs
  • Stand with bent knees
  • Take their first steps

Please note – Every child develops differently. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your pediatrician.

Intellidance® activities are designed to nurture the physical, emotional and cognitive development of our youngest dancers. Take a look at how our activities directly aid in crawling development for 10-12 month olds.

Finding Balance

Before babies begin walking, they must first learn how to balance themselves and maintain their orientation in space. This process is known as vestibular input or input from the vestibular system, which is a system of nerves located in the inner ear. Vestibular input helps us to maintain our balance and coordination while standing, walking and running. In babies, this system is not fully developed until around 6 months old and it can take up to 9 months for them to gain the necessary strength and coordination to walk.

Intellidance® Activity: Here We Go Bumpy Boo

Knee bounce activities, such as Here We Go Bumpy Boo, are a great way to incorporate vestibular input into your Intellidance® Babies Classes. This activity is beneficial for balance and coordination, which are both important for a baby’s development as they learn to walk. The up-and-down movement of the knee bounce also helps to activate the vestibular system, which is important for balance. Overall, this is a fun and safe activity for babies that encourages strength, balance and coordination.

Climbing and Cruising

Babies’ climbing development is an amazing thing to behold! From their first attempts to pull themselves up to standing and eventually taking their first steps, watching a baby grow and develop their climbing skills is truly a remarkable experience. Not only does climbing help babies to become physically stronger and more coordinated, but it also plays an important role in their cognitive and social-emotional development. It encourages problem-solving, creativity and perseverance as babies practice and perfect their skills. Plus, climbing is a great way for babies to explore and interact with their environment. 

Intellidance® Activity: Obstacle Courses

Using an obstacle course is a great to way get creative in class and bring focus to your littlest dancer’s climbing skills. Remember: obstacle courses at this age don’t need to be elaborate! Stack a few mats for babies to practice climbing over and cruise along. Combine it with a tunnel to create over-and-under experience babies are sure to love.

Cross-Lateral Movements

It’s so exciting when babies begin to walk and toddle around! Cross-lateral movement is an important part of that development and can help to build skills like balance, coordination and agility. Cross-lateral movement is when one side of the body works while the other side is resting. It can help babies to transfer weight from one side to the other and involves activities like reaching, stepping and even crawling. There are lots of fun ways to help babies practice cross-lateral movement, like crawling through a tunnel, stepping over and around obstacles, and swinging their arms when walking.

Intellidance® Activity: Shoe a Little Horsey

The Shoe a Little Horsey activity reinforces crossing the midline, moving opposite sides of the body at the same time and building the neuro pathways between the left and right sides of the brain.

By providing babies with plenty of opportunities to explore, practice and learn through movement, we can help them develop the skills they need to walk.

For more baby activities, check out the Babies Playlist on our YouTube Channel.

Learn more about what makes Intellidance® unique

The foundation of the Intellidance® Method is the combination of dance and music concepts, identifying specific vocabulary in dance and music, and developing the understanding of both through the connection between concepts. These connected concepts provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, practice, and create using multiple senses and intelligences. This is what makes the Intellidance® Method so unique!

Interested in learning more? Check out our website to continue reading about Intellidance® Method.