Your baby’s birth was a very special occasion and seeing them grow has surely been a great adventure. As time goes by, you’ll see that they reach new developmental milestones. Remember when they were able to hold their head up? Or when they started recognizing you? Imagine how much more they’ll achieve in the next months!
By now, it is very likely your baby moves their legs while lying down and gets excited by what they see around them. That’s why, when you hold them in the air, you’ll see them shaking their legs. If that’s the case, you’ve also noticed that, when holding them up and allowing their feet to touch a flat surface, your baby can support some of their weight and it looks like they are standing up. Of course, they will only be able to do this with your help. This new position will give them a new perspective of their surroundings while strengthening their leg muscles.
Most babies acquire this skill when they’re around four months old. Although each baby develops at their own pace, what matters now is that you help your little one get stronger. Try to do these exercises while your baby is lying on their back, before trying them in a vertical position:
- Lay your baby on their back on a comfortable surface. Grab their ankles and moves their legs in a cycling motion. Practice this for as long as they find it enjoyable.
- While lying on their back, place your palms against your baby’s soles and press them gently. See if they try to flex or stretch their legs or help them do it.
If you hold your baby in a vertical position, they won’t be able to stay like that by themselves. They’ll need your help at all times. This milestone is different than standing up, which will be achieved in a few months, but it is also important because it sets the stage for future skills like walking, running, jumping, and so much more!
It’s also important to check if your baby’s legs are rigid or if their muscles are weak. If that’s the case, we recommend you speak to your pediatrician on the next visit. In the meantime, you can keep stimulating your little one at home and spend quality time together.