Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cruising

To help Lillian transition from walking while holding on to our fingers [1] to walking by herself, we've started having her pull herself up onto the couch. It's a little tall for her, so we take the cushions off. Then we try to get her to walk along the couch by herself—an activity called cruising. So far the best incentive I've found to get her to climb up and cruise on the couch are some dinosaur toys (Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Tyrannosaurus) I bought for her around the same time she started practicing.

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In this first video you can see that she's still figuring it out. She's unsure of herself and she almost takes a spill a few times.

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In this second video, taken ten days later, she's a little more confident about cruising to the other side of the couch (though it takes her a while to figure out what it is that I want her to do [2]).


Notes:

[1] See my post Walking (With Help).

[2] Every time I pointed at her toys (an Apatosaurus and a bottle of nasal drop—no idea why she likes the latter so much) at the other end of the couch, she just pointed, too.

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