Celebrating Valentine’s Day with smiles and laughter, families from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community entered their babies in the 2014 Baby Crawling Contest, held in the aerobics room at the Salt River Fitness Center on Friday, February 14. Early childhood is the most important time to begin promoting both physical and mental health, so SRPMIC Health and Human Services and the Early Childhood Program host this event every year.
The contest required the babies to crawl a distance of about 10 feet, to their parents and guardians waiting at the other end. The parents could call to their babies and encourage them by clapping. The child who covered the distance the fastest was the winner. This year, 11-month-old Ally Thomas won first place, beating Maleah “Mia” Lopez, 11 months, and Lane Cuch, seven months.
All the competitors received gifts for their participation. Thomas won a Huggies diaper cake. The second-place prize was a Pampers diaper cake, and the third-place winner took home a gift bag filled with toddler necessities.