DeveloBaby Asymmetrical Belly Crawling

Online physiotherapy exercise program to rebalance asymmetrical belly crawling and to progress to a strong crawl on all fours. The program includes prioritized, easy to follow exercises explained in text and shown on video with real babies and is available in two versions, adapted for left-legged or right-legged asymmetrical belly crawling. The exercises can be used from the time your baby begins to crawl asymmetrically.

  • Prioritized, simple exercises
  • Designed for busy families
  • Illustrated with pictures & videos
  • Instant & perpetual access
  • Secure payment with QuickPay
  • English
  • Dansk

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299,00 DKK

(inclusive of all taxes, VAT and fees)

Program description

Developed by Danish pediatric physical therapist Maria Schultz Appelt, this program helps babies to rebalance asymmetrical belly crawling and to progress to a strong crawl on all fours.

Asymmetrical belly crawling can make it more difficult to progress to the important milestone of crawling on all fours. The exercises in this program are designed to balance the difference in strength between the two halves of your baby’s body and generally strengthen your baby’s body for crawling on all fours. Some parents use this program when their baby’s motor development is delayed, while others use it as a playful inspiration or to speed up the learning process of crawling on all fours, for example, for the upcoming start of kindergarten. The program can also be used for babies with more pronounced challenges, but it is often necessary to supplement the exercises with more individualized efforts.

All exercises are described in detail, ordered by importance, and accompanied by pictures and videos, so you will never be in doubt about how to do them. All texts, images and videos are adapted to the selected right/left asymmetry, so make sure you choose the correct version of the program.

If you have any questions about the program or are unsure about anything, please send me a message (perhaps including a short video of your baby) via my Instagram @develobaby or email at maria@develobaby.com.

Note: if your baby is not yet belly crawling, I recommend starting with the exercises in the program DeveloBaby Belly Crawling.

Which version of the program do I need?

It can sometimes be difficult to tell the type of asymmetry a baby has. The asymmetry always crosses over the body, which only adds to the confusion. Since it’s important that you choose the correct version, I’ve created two videos with examples to help you choose the correct version. Feel free to watch the example videos below and if in doubt, send me a short video of your child via my Instagram @DeveloBaby or by email at maria@develobaby.com.

Right leg / left arm
  • The baby crawls by pushing off the ground with their right foot and supporting their upper body mostly with the left forearm.
  • The baby will have the easiest time picking up toys with the right hand in the prone position, while the left forearm supports the body weight.
  • The left leg is either bent or straight, but does not contribute at all or only minimally to the crawling movement.
  • Sometimes the asymmetry is most evident in either the legs or the arms. For example, when the child crawls with their right leg and both arms, or when the child crawls without using their legs, pulling forward with the left arm, you should still choose the program version “right leg“.
FAQ Asymmetrical Belly Crawling left

Left leg / right arm
  • The baby crawls by pushing off the ground with their left foot and supporting their upper body mostly with the right forearm.
  • The baby will have the easiest time picking up toys with the left hand in the prone position, while the right forearm supports the body weight.
  • The right leg is either bent or straight, but does not contribute at all or only minimally to the crawling movement.
  • Sometimes the asymmetry is most evident in either the legs or the arms. For example, when the child crawls with their left leg and both arms, or when the child crawls without using their legs, pulling forward with the right arm, you should still choose the program version “left leg“.
FAQ Asymmetrical Belly Crawling left

Frequently asked questions to DeveloBaby Asymmetrical Belly Crawling

There may be small signs that are hard for the untrained eye to see, but if there were no previous signs of a preferred side, then the degree of asymmetry is probably very small and there is a good chance that your baby will learn to crawl properly on all fours on their own. However, I would rely more on the present degree of asymmetry: if one leg is very passive in the belly crawl, or if the belly crawl phase has lasted a long time, your baby may still have a high degree of asymmetry. You should of course never feel obligated to do exercises with your baby if you don’t have the time or energy. However, muscle strengthening exercises have no side effects, so rebalancing any muscular asymmetry can only be a positive development for your baby.

I realize that running a family with babies is a busy time and that the amount of energy you have varies greatly from person to person and from day to day. That’s why I’ve organized all the exercises by priority. This means that you can do only the first five exercises if you are short on time, or you can do them all if you enjoy playful exercises with your baby and have plenty of time and energy. There are more than 20 exercises in this program, so you can’t possibly do them every day.

Even if the asymmetry is small, you should choose the DeveloBaby Asymmetrical Belly Crawling program. You will get all the crawling exercises from DeveloBaby Crawling on All Fours. The difference is in the prioritization (order) of the exercises. Once the asymmetry is corrected, you will regularly do the crawling exercises on all fours.


Frequently asked questions to exercise programs

After completing the purchase process successfully, you can access your exercise program here on the develobaby.com. During payment, enter your email address and password. After successful payment, you will see an additional heading in the menu called “My Programs”, including links to all the exercise programs you have purchased access to. You could be reading your first program in under 60 seconds from purchasing. When you come back to DeveloBaby.com after a few days, the system will have logged you out automatically. Then simply log in again with your email address as your username and the password you chose during the checkout process.

My exercise programs are accessible online here on DeveloBaby.com. As the programs contain video clips that couldn’t be played in PDF or other types of print, there is no downloadable or hard copy version. That said, using a PC/Mac you can in fact print the exercise programs you have purchased by pressing Ctrl+P on Windows and Command+P on MacOS when you are on the exercise program page. However, the programs are not specifically set up for this purpose, so it’s much nicer and more user-friendly to view it directly on your mobile, tablet or computer.

You have perpetual access. However, I am obliged to adhere to certain privacy data regulations (such as GDPR), which state that I cannot store customer data longer than necessary. Therefore, the system limits your access to one year at a time. When a year is about to expire, the system will automatically send you an email so you can easily extend your access if you want to keep it.

No, this would be against the terms & conditions. You purchase access for yourself and the people living in your household. If you, however, buy an exercise program as a grandparent, you can of course share the access with the person you bought it for. Please let me know if you do so, because I check frequently if a log in is used by several parties. In contrast, if you are a manager in an institution and want to procure access to one or more exercise programs for your employees, please write to me so we can work out an agreement on multiple licenses. Please read more under Terms and Conditions.

Current legislation states that the usual 14-day right of withdrawal does not apply to digital products. The reason for this is that it is virtually impossible to argue that you haven’t used digital products once you’ve logged in. Therefore, I do not generally offer refund. Please read more about my return policy under Terms and Conditions.

Yes, I’ve gone to great lengths to explain each exercise in layman’s terms so that everyone can follow. There are also pictures and videos to accompany the exercises, where I perform the exercises on a real baby.

No, certainly not. In my exercise programs, I have put the exercises in prioritized order. There are a lot of exercises in each program, so in principle you can spend your whole day doing exercises if you find it enjoyable, but you can also choose to do the top three or top five, and therefore the most important ones. This makes the exercise programs suitable for everyone, no matter how much time and energy you have to spare.

The exercises are basically just strength training, just like when you go to the gym. They are designed to strengthen your child muscles wrt the exercise programs purpose, e.g. addressing back-overarching. Therefore, exercises will always make your child stronger. Whether your child achieves each milestone with good quality using the exercises depends, of course, on the starting conditions and whether there are any special conditions that would require a individually tailored approach. But no matter what, helping your child build a stronger body will never be in vain. For the vast majority, standardized exercises, as presented in my exercise programs, will help the child move on to the next milestone well and strongly.

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Disclaimer

All content on DeveloBaby.com is based on recognized professional standards in Denmark, and you can expect them to be in line with the advice you receive in the public health system. If you find that your child has pronounced sleep or motor challenges, or that there is a lack of effect from the general exercises, I recommend that you make an appointment with me, either in person or online, so that I can customize the program for your child. If your child is unwell, please always contact your health care provider or physician. Read full disclaimer…