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How Can I Teach My Baby To Stand?

So, you’ve got a little one who’s about to tackle the world of standing? Well, brace yourselves for some adorable wobbles and funny falls. As your baby grows, one of the most important and exciting feats is learning to stand – a sign that they’re growing physically and getting ready for more advanced skills like walking. As a parent, you have a big role in supporting your baby as they learn to stand.  That said, here are some tips to keep you both on your toes (pun intended).

In this guide we’ll be covering:

  • What is the right time to start training your baby to stand?
  • How to encourage your baby to stand
  • What do you do if your baby falls?
  • Safety tips for baby’s first steps
  • How can you help a baby to stand without any support?

What Is The Right Time To Start Training Your Baby To Stand?

On average, most babies start showing signs of readiness to stand between 6 and 12 months. According to research, an infant’s ability to stand without support typically occurs at the age of 9 to 16 months. By this time, they usually have gained enough strength in their neck, shoulders, and core, and their leg muscles are becoming stronger. 

How To Encourage Your Baby To Stand

Now, let’s talk tactics! Here are some ways to boost your child’s standing abilities through easy everyday activities:

  • Tummy time: Plonk your little pumpkin on their belly. It’s like baby boot camp for neck, back, and arm muscles.
  • Assisted standing: Give them a helping hand under the arms to encourage them to get one step closer to standing. Or alternatively, show them how they can stand with the aid of something to hold on to, such a sofa.
  • Playtime galore: Invest in play gyms and activity centres. Toys that encourage reaching and standing are real MVPs here.
  • Cruise control: Create a baby-proof haven with sturdy furniture for them to cling to while practising their standing and walking moves.
  • Interactive play: Engage in some block-busting fun. Think stacking toys and building blocks on a steady surface. 

What Do You Do If Your Baby Falls?

Babies fall. A lot. But don’t hit the panic button when it happens. Instead, just stay calm and comfort your baby to make them feel safe. Most falls from a standing position are minor and won’t cause serious injuries. But keep an eye out for any unusual behaviour. If in doubt, consult with your paediatrician.

Safety Tips For Baby’s First Steps

Here are some tips to keep your baby safe while they’re learning to stand: 

  • Keep a watchful eye : Always supervise your baby when they try to stand, providing support and ensuring safety.
  • Babyproof your house: Create a safe space for standing practice by clearing any hazards.
  • Stay low: Avoid letting your baby stand on elevated surfaces to prevent serious falls.
  • Cushion the fall: Ensure a soft landing with foam mats or pillows to cushion potential falls during independent standing attempts.
  • Posture Check: Encourage proper posture with feet flat on the ground during standing – no tiptoeing allowed!

How Can You Help A Baby To Stand Without Any Support?

Once your baby has built enough strength and balance, they may attempt to stand without any support. Here are some tips to encourage independent standing:

  • Cheer on your baby’s efforts and milestones with encouraging words like “You can do it!” or “Go, baby, go!” to boost their confidence.
  • Place toys just out of reach, motivating them to pull up and stand to reach for the items.
  •  Use a child-safe mirror at their eye level to entice exploration and standing.
  •  Offer your hands for support while they practise standing to build their confidence.
  • Allow falls to teach balance lessons and encourage them to try again; offer help when needed, but avoid over-intervention.

Helping your baby master the art of standing is like witnessing a tiny miracle every day. Remember, every kiddo has their own timeline. So, celebrate those victories, laugh at the falls, and enjoy your baby’s first steps toward conquering the world.

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