Hanging, Baby Style

I’m not going to type much today. Today’s post is a video Zen “first time” moment. P.S. She’s 3 weeks shy of her 1st birthday and been working up to this since she was about 4 weeks old.

I will stress that what you are witnessing is not an increase in strength here. Her strength (in the classic sense) has not changed much in 47 seconds. What you are witnessing is an organization of muscular recruitment.

Also, check out the load to her hand-skin. She’s not gripping to do the hanging. Her hands are almost entirely vertical. The load of her body is held primarily by her hand-skin’s traction with the bar. MARK MY WORDS: The failure to address the foot and hand skin’s contribution to the kinetic chain will come up in future human-motion science.

I might be dead by then, so hopefully one of you young whippersnappers can mark my words for me.

Picture 397For more information on kids and upper body strength, you can read this article I was interviewed for: http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/katy-bowman-and-biomechanics-human-growth-necessity-monkey-business

If you’re interested in increasing your own hanging and swinging skills, read Hanging and Swinging 101.

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21 thoughts on “Hanging, Baby Style

  1. This is a BIG DAY! That was really astonishing. I caught the hand position. Just great to see Katy – thanks for sharing this big moment!

  2. Wow. That is so cool to witness the moment “before” and the moment “after”. Yes, I noticed that there’s not too much “holding” of the bar there for her…too cool. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Katy, This is way more exciting than a NASA liftoff! And Roan does it matter of factly- I think she dusts off her hands:) Recruitment of muscles and skin traction – I love to have that validated with a 11 mo old kid. I know hanging can be done naturally. Thanks Katy for teaching us so patiently (I guess patiently – just kidding) . I wish I had a way to show this to my class. I’m off to teach a small class of 6 or 8 seniors. No hanging for us, but alignment – YES.

  4. I love how she repositioned her hands herself, and tried until it felt right. Then when the friend left she wasn’t distracted maybe? Fun tip: hold a broom stick parallel to the floor and let your baby hang as you lift her up. You get a work out too!

  5. That was so exciting I squealed with joy,and I only know her vicariously! Thanks for sharing that moment. : ) I hadn’t considered that contribution before.

  6. This honest-to-God made me tear up a little. Go, little girl! And laugh, because it kind of reminded me of me trying to do a pullup.

  7. For my eyes this is about making connections as much as anything else. She discovered how to connect each of her limbs to the core- first upper, then lower. Pinkie to scapula, scapula to tail, and feet and legs to core. She had to figure that out once in order to reach for mama or anything else she wanted, but now she reaches for the world in a new kind of vertical challenge. Core Distal Patterning. Observing Patterns of Total Body Connectivity in a developing child is truly a wonder. The secret is not to help them do anything they can’t do. The ” I did it!” moment is worth all the tears and frustration.

  8. This was so fantastic to watch!!! Thank you for sharing. I felt like cheering when she finally did it! and I applaud you for not going over to help. I think as parents many of us feel the need to go help our child get to that place, but persistence, determination and she did it herself.

  9. So, what caught my eye was how she intuitively “progressed.” She lifted one leg for awhile. She went up on her toes. It’s the same stuff I have my clients doing, and she was (of course) doing it because it felt right, not because she “should.”

    Love it. Go Roan!

  10. The incalcuable payoff of spending LOTS of time paying attention to our little ones, attachment parenting style, is not only filling their needs for secure environment, but also because we learn a ton from them if we put our mind (and cameras) to it. I try to mimic kids climbing around when ever I am around playground equipment or a good climbing tree. They are often a bit surprised to see an adult climbing.

    Congratlulations, Katy, for learning from and with your children, particulsrly lately in reguards to your life decision of moving house.

  11. Good going. Shame kids are watched all the time nowadays and behaviour is promoted or advanced and not given the space to develop in their own time and way. We have just moved to Austria and kids here in the countryside are watched but from afar (even small kiddies) and I haven’t met such able and inventive kids in ages. Just like the good old times when kids decided what was right for them – movement wise anyway.

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