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Pulling up to a stand: hanging onto furniture

Pulling up to a stand: hanging onto furniture

  • Encourage the baby to alternate supporting legs when standing up, such that both get the same level of exercise and grow symmetrically.
  • To help the baby stand:
    • With one hand on the baby’s hip, help him put weight on one knee.
    • For the other leg, place the baby’s foot directly under his knee, such that the leg is at a 90⁰ angle. This gives him support to stand.
    • Hold the knee steady as he transfers weight onto his leg.
    • If need be, support the baby with one hand on the tummy and the other under the bum.
Standing with feet flat on the floor

Standing with feet flat on the floor

  • Some babies born preterm have a tendency to stand on tiptoe. To facilitate walking, you should encourage the baby to bear weight on the entire foot.
  • When the baby is standing, place one hand on her tummy and the other under her bum.
  • Then push gently down toward the floor so that the baby stands flat.
  • To discourage tiptoe standing, place all toys well within the child’s reach, at chest level.
Squatting

Squatting

  • Put toys on the floor to get the baby to squat while playing.
  • Make sure the baby’s feet are aligned with her knees and hips.
  • If the baby sits down, stand her up again so that she can practice getting into a squat. Her feet should be placed slightly apart for balance.
  • If the baby is too tired, it’s best to try again later.
Climbing

Climbing

  • Encourage climbing by putting toys up higher, such as on sofas, beds, and chairs.
  • Gradually increase the level of difficulty.
  • Spot the child to avoid falls.
  • Guide your toddler’s movements by placing a hand on each leg.
  • If need be, support the child’s bottom.
  • See that the child uses a different supporting leg each time, so that both legs develop equal strength.
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