Learning To Stand
It’s a major milestone when baby learns to pull itself up into a standing position. It’s hard work but very rewarding.
Why Standing is so important
- Learning to stand is very important as it Strengthens baby’s muscles (including baby’s feet, leg, hip, back, tummy and arm muscles)
- Gets baby to control and co-ordinate it’s movements
- Lets baby experience weight on his feet
- Helps develop his balance, as he shifts his weight from foot to foot
- Motivates baby to get walking
Although walking is both exciting for mom and dad and baby, it can also be a very dangerous time too – when those tiny legs get going, sometimes it is difficult to keep up. Ensure your child is in a safe and secure, harm-free environment.
Make sure that you:
- Remove table cloths when baby is learning to stand
- Cover up electrical plugs and cables when baby is learning to stand
- Lock up cleaning supplies when baby is learning to stand
Playful Ideas To Get Baby To Walk:
- Hold baby in a standing position on your lap. Then bounce your legs up and down. This will strengthen his leg muscles.
- Show baby how to bend his knees. This helps him stand up and sit back down again.
- Sit on the floor and let baby use you as a jungle gym. He can hold onto you to pull himself up.
- Put toys on a chair that is as high as baby’s chest. Make sure the chair won’t fall over. Encourage baby to pull himself up to get the toys.
- When you dress baby, let him stand holding onto a chair.
- Put some sensory items onto a low table. Let baby stand against the table and explore the textures.
Avoid using a walking ring. These aren’t good for baby’s development, as the ring holds baby up so he doesn’t have to carry his own weight. So baby will be slower to learn to stand and walk on his own.