We always anticipate our baby making the next milestone.
After all, we get a feeling of pride and joy when they smile or crawl for the first time. And we know they are on the right track when they do manage to achieve the next step. After all, it’s always a worry for a mum whether their child is developing well. So seeing them reach the next stage can help reassure us we are doing well.
One of the biggest achievements is when they take those first few steps. There’s nothing better than seeing your baby on the move. However, it’s a challenge for a baby to get walking. They need to work on their balance to make sure they don’t fall when taking those precious first few steps. The first thing they really need to do is stand. After all, once they have this down to a tee, it won’t be long until they are on the move.
But when it comes to standing, a lot of mums don’t know when their baby should do it. So they tend to worry if their child is not doing it by a certain age. Therefore, here is some help on when babies stand alone, and signs they are about to show off their new skills
Age range baby is likely to stand
It’s so much fun for a baby to stand up. They get to look at the world from a completely different angle. And it’s much easier for them to get to what they want when they are stood up. But it’s harder than it looks for your baby to make the move to standing up.
After all, they need to build up their strength so that they can put all that pressure on those little legs. And they also need to work on their coordination and balance. After all, these are both essential for managing to stand up properly. Most babies tend to stand when they are between six and 12 months old. But you will find that even from four months, they are putting the wheels in motion for standing.
For starters, at around four or five months, they will work on their balance to sit up. This is all helping their coordination skills for when it’s time to stand. You can help your little one by holding their arms and helping them to sit up gently.
Once they can do this, you will find your baby might be trying to lift themselves up. You can help them so they put some more weight on the floor. They will love getting a glimpse at the world higher up. And you might find around six months, you might be able to pull them up and they will bounce gently holding on to you tightly.
In fact, this is when a lot of people get a handy jumperoo or a walker as they both help them to sit upright and work on those leg muscles. Around seven to nine months, your little one might begin trying to stand on their only accord. Unfortunately, this might lead to them falling back so you will have to be careful when they are trying to do this.
But they might stand more strongly as time goes on. And then sometime around their first birthday, you will notice they will stand on their own for a good few seconds. Don’t worry if your baby hasn’t done it within the first year. Some babies tend to take a bit longer before they do make the next milestone of standing. After all, crawling around is so handy that some babies prefer to do this for a bit longer.
Ways to encourage baby to stand sooner
As mums, it’s so important that we are there to guide our babies to completing the next milestone. Whether that be crawling or walking, we need to give them a handy boost to ensure they do make the next transition for the sake of their development. And the same thing goes when it’s time for your little one to stand.
There are several things you can do to help your baby stand sooner rather than later. For starters, you should put them on your knees so they can stand with support. When they realise how cool it is to be higher up, they will want to do it all the time. Also, you should lean them against furniture as they will learn they can grip on to help them stand.
Make sure you put a few pieces which will enable them to stand up properly.
Also, you can help them by making sure they do it on good flooring. After all, if you have poor flooring in your home, they will struggle to stand strongly. And do give them some time barefoot. After all, you will find your little one will stand much easier when they have no socks or tights on.
What will baby do after it has learnt to stand?
You will find that your baby will keep trying to stand once it has managed to successfully do it. After all, it’s a fun new skill your baby has learnt. Once they have learnt to stand there for a few seconds, you can encourage them to move forward.
Hold their hands and move them towards you. You are teaching them how to move their legs so that walking will occur sooner rather than later. Also, now your baby is standing, you will find they will walk along the furniture a lot more.
And you might find they will try to let go off your hands so they stand without help. After all, they want to show you how strong and brave they are.
How to keep baby safe now they can stand up
It’s always a worry that your baby will fall now that they can stand up. After all, it’s so easy for them to lose their balance when they are standing up. You should try to help them avoid a fall. For instance, stay close to them at all times while they are standing. And keep the floor around them clear so that they can’t fall over something when standing up.
Try and remove anything within their grasp that can hurt them too. And remember that sooner or later your baby is bound to have a little fall. Most babies don’t end up hurting themselves seriously. So just give them a kiss and a cuddle and they will soon be standing up again.