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The Evolution of Movement

The Can-Dos

The Can-Do Journey: How Movement Unfolds in the Early Years

When babies are born, they have no understanding of their body, so they have no control over it. At first their movements are reflexive and unplanned. But in only a few months they’re already getting to know their body and what they can do with it. Then one day they roll over and the race is on to fully independent, coordinated, controlled, and automated movement. 

Developmentally, movement is one of the most important journeys they’ll take from birth to about seven years old. So we’ve created The Can-Do Guide to celebrate just how far your child has come and give you an idea of what’s right around the corner. 

 

But please remember, movement develops differently for every child. No matter how or when they advance, a child’s development isn’t necessarily fast or slow, right or wrong, good or bad. Instead, it’s nature unfolding right in front of your eyes. It comes together for them WHEN THEY’RE READY.

 

What You Can Do

Parents always want the best for their child, but trying to rush things won’t help (or work). You can support them with lots of time for active play and exploration, a nutritious diet, plenty of rest, and your loving home. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Can-Do Guide is NOT a milestones chart. Every child is unique so your child’s progression may vary from what we’re showing here or what other children their age are doing. If you are concerned about your child’s development, consult your pediatrician.

The Can-Do Guide

Where is your child on their Can-Do journey?

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PRE-NATAL

Primitive Reflexes

Involuntary Movement

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Rolling Over

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Hand & Foot

Recognition

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Pushing Up

Postural Reflexes Emerging

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Grasping

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Mouthing

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Primitive Reflexes

at Birth

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Sensory

Awakening

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Commando Crawling

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Up on All Fours

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Rocking

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Pincer Grip

Navigating

Small Spaces

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Cruising

Sitting Up

(Unaided)

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Changing

Hands

Crawling

Pulling Up

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Standing

(Unaided)

Climbing Up

Running

Walking

Crouching/

Bobbing

Jumping

in Place

Upper Body

Strength

Jumping

Forward

Manipulatives

Timing/

Temporal

Awareness

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Marching

Handedness

Hopping

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Standing on

One Foot

Climbing/

Scaling

Single-Sided

Movement

Hand & Foot

Dominance

Standing Leap

Crossing

Midlines

Running Leap

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Skipping

READY!

Automated

Coordinated

Movement

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