Right now, your baby greatly enjoys roaming around your area as he keeps on crawling on the floor. He is now busy grabbing and playing with toys. After learning how to sit and crawl, he will then learn how to stand up. Around 7 or 8 months, you should encourage your baby to stand and enjoy his new point of view.
As the prerequisite step towards walking, standing helps your baby to gain muscle strength and coordination. In this article, we are glad to provide you information about helping your baby to develop his skills and reach a milestone in standing up independently.
Tips and Ways to Encourage Your Baby in Standing Up Independently
In this section, we will give you some tips and ways for you to assist your little one in standing up properly and safely based on the books “Your Baby and Child” and “Advance My Baby”.
You cannot help your baby learn to stand by putting him in a standing position as you sit him up to practice sitting. Given the opportunity and some careful attention to his safety, he will pull himself upright as soon as he feels ready to do so.
If he is free in the room with furniture, he will hold on to that. If he is in the crib, he will pull himself up by the bars. If nothing is available to support him, he will grasp your hair or try to climb up to your legs.
At this early stage, it is particularly difficult for him to protect himself because his head is still large and heavy relative to the rest of his body parts. His balance is not that good and his hands are just keep on trying to hold on.
Over time, babies will practice pulling themselves on furniture. Your baby will then practice standing without holding a support surface to gain more balance and strength in preparation for walking.
Stands holding onto the support, but not leaning into it.
a. Place the baby along the side of a couch, chair, or coffee table for support.
b. Hold the top of the baby’s hands against the furniture of choice if they are not doing so independently.
c. Make sure the baby’s elbows are semi-straight so the baby is standing upright and not leaning into the furniture.
Stands for 1-2 seconds without support.
a. Do not let the baby lean in or play. While holding the baby at waist in the standing position, talk or sing to your baby to keep them distracted.
b. Give the baby a large toy or two small toys to keep their hands occupied.
c. Gently and gradually release some or all of your support to help elicit the baby’s balance and awareness of being steady on their feet.
d. You may also place the baby near the furniture but place toys on the surface to keep the baby’s interest.
e. ce elbows on the furniture while playing.
f. You may also stand the baby at the push toy which allows the baby to hold onto something but in turn is moveable. This will challenge the baby’s balance.
g. Make sure you hold the push toy from rolling out in front of the baby, but do not give the toy too much support if the baby does not need it.
Make stepping movements in place while holding onto support.
a. After being placed behind a push toy or furniture, you can take the baby’s hips and rock them gently and slowly side to side to get a shift in weight to the left and right.
b. Slowly move the push toy forward to elicit spontaneous weight shifting forward. This weight shifting prepares the baby for walking. It allows them to stand momentarily on one foot while bringing the other foot forward to continue a stepping pattern.
c. You may also place a pillow underneath the baby’s feet while standing at furniture and playing with toys.
Pulls up to standing
a. While kneeling on both knees and holding furniture for support, entice the baby with a toy or treat to pull to stand.
b. Hold or place the toy or treat above or just out of reach so the baby will try to obtain it.
c. If they need help getting into a standing position, you can set the toy or treat slightly down, just out of reach and help them stand by placing your hands on their hips and tilting the baby backwards from knees to feet.
d. While holding the waist with your thumb and index fingers, place your pinky fingers onto the baby’s thighs and push the baby’s legs down as you push the hips up into a standing position.
Precautionary Measure/ Safety Tips
Below are some precautionary measures or safety tips that you need to keep in mind while training your child to stand up:
- Remove flimsy objects like a hat stand that will tend to fall on the baby. Watch out for dangers above the baby as he pulls himself. He may try to pull himself up by a hanging tablecloth or dangling electric cable.
- Don’t put shoes on your newly standing baby. He does not need them to support his feet, now or ever. He only needs shoes to protect his feet once he is walking freely enough to do so outdoors and on all surfaces.
- Don’t put socks without non-slip bottoms on your baby unless all your floors are carpeted. Ordinary socks turn hard floors into skating rinks. He is safe in bare feet.
Bare feet help newly standing babies to feel the floor and balance. When cold is a problem, use non-slip socks or play boots.
Therefore, standing is dependent on the baby’s confidence and his motivation as well as on his muscles and coordination. Take note that if you try to hurry him you may slow up his development by causing falls which make him afraid. You need to be patient and keep with your baby’s pace.