As this post from six weeks ago explains, Sophie decided that she didn’t want to follow the standard pattern of crawling and had become a bonafide bum-shuffler.

However, bum shuffling is now well and truly a thing of the past as our little monkey of a child has discovered the art of scuttling around on her hands and knees.

And things I’m sure will never be the same again!

Why is crawling a preferable mode of transport?

I asked Sophie what she thought and here are her top reasons:

  • “It turns my knees brown”

As all young children know, there is nothing better than  being knee deep in mud and dirt. It becomes even better if you can splash that mud all over your face, through your hair, into your mouth…shudder. Well, by crawling all over the dusty and grimy floor, Sophie can happily cover herself in grime without the disgusting ooziness of sticky wet mud. Result for everyone I guess.

This child clearly takes the muddy knees philosophy seriously

This child clearly takes the muddy knees philosophy seriously

  • “That toy can become mine quicker”

Sophie got a pull along dog for Christmas and I do really enjoy pulling it slightly out of her reach and making her chase after it! Provided that Daddy hasn’t got his hands on it, the toy over the other side of the room can be reached far more rapidly by crawl than by shuffle.

  • “It can still be done EVEN in a dress”

So Sophie likes wearing dresses. Or at least we are steadily helping her find this part of her personality! And, while it’s possibly taken her a little while longer to learn crawling as a result of it, she is now able to hitch up her skirt and power across the floor. Which “ad-dresses” (sorry) that worry I suppose!

Er...not quite!

Er…not quite!

  • “When let off the leash, I can really move”

I guess like all of us, babies don’t really like being cooped up. If crowbarred into a high chair for too long (not literally, you know what I mean) or forced to sit on her parents’ laps, Sophie likes being placed on the floor and allowed to explore. She barely looks up before she explosively patters across the room, usually to find the nearest hazardous object (plug, wire, bin, used nappy!) and put it in her mouth.

Wall sockets like this are a drug to her!

Wall sockets like this are like a drug for her!

And she’s a fast learner – currently she’s battling crawling, standing, walking and talking all in one go. I thought my work involved multi-tasking! I wonder what she’ll master next…