Standing up is a very exciting skill for your little one. Now, she is able to see the world from a very different perspective than when she could only lay down. This stage is fundamental to, later on, give her first steps. However, standing up requires great muscular strength, especially in the legs.
Usually, babies are able to stand up when they’re around 8 or 10 months. At the beginning, it’s normal for your little one to hold on to furniture or an adult’s hands. It’s important to help her out while she’s not able to stand up by herself. Helping her doesn’t mean that she won’t be able to do it alone later on. On the contrary, this will make her feel confident and safe enough to try it alone after a while.
To stimulate and reinforce your baby’s skill to stand up, place some of her favorite toys on a couch or a high surface she can reach. Then, position your little one next to that surface, so that she can use it as support, stand up, and reach the toys.
Maybe when your little one acquires greater body control and can stand up for a few seconds, she’ll hold on to something and get anxious because she doesn’t know how to sit down again. However, we recommend you let her explore her options. At first, you can help her get up and down gently, but little by little you should let her do it by herself, so that she can develop her autonomy and confidence.
Remember that while your baby learns how to stand up, it’s important to give her a safe environment where she can hold on to things and explore. Clear out the space around her and place several cushions or pillows for when she falls down. Maybe she’ll get scared because of it, but if you remain calm and give her all your love, she’ll stop being afraid of falling.
During this stage, it’s very beneficial to let her explore her surroundings, roll, and drag herself around because this will stimulate her curiosity to try new things. Keep stimulating your child so that she develops greater muscular strength, coordination, and balance. Also, remember to always be her greatest admirer, and cheer and celebrate each attempt and achievement.
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