Having your baby standing is one of the big baby milestones that most parents are excited to reach. After this it won’t be long before they’re walking and a whole world of safety concerns open up to you.
Ways to Help Get Your Baby Standing
1. The Zone of Safety
I’m putting this up first as it’s by far my favourite. It’s one I’ve used a lot when I’m with our baby all day, and it’s one that I feel gives you a little bit of time to get something done whilst your baby is playing. It’s the Zone of Safety:
There are a few reasons I like the zone of safety, and one of the main ones comes from the angle of safety. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying merely placing a bunch of pillows in a circle means you can swan off and go do something else. You still have to watch them. But we’ve had a handful of times where we’re literally next to our baby standing and suddenly she loses her balance, counter balances the wrong way and still falls to the floor. She does it that quickly sometimes that we don’t have time to catch her.
Setting the pillows up like this just gives them that extra support if you do happen to miss the catch and they fall to the floor. It also gives you the chance to make a coffee, or do something quick whilst they’re standing in the middle. Whilst this doesn’t technically encourage your baby to stand, it does provide them with a safer place to do so.
2. Putting Toys Out of Reach
Much like with tummy time, putting things just out of reach can help get your baby standing. If they want to climb up onto the sofa, then put something at the back for them to try and grab.
I’ll admit, that perhaps I like this one because I’m mildly sadistic and merely want to annoy our baby slightly by making her work for a particular toy, or in the above case, remote control. But it helps give them that encouragement to get up and get what they can’t quite grab. You can always put their toys on a coffee table, or some other low level item of furniture. This is simply about encouraging the desire to want to stand and a reason to do so.
3. Climbing the Stairs
Sounds stupid and dangerous, but in fact it’s a great thing to do. The low height means that they can try and do a lot on their own, and it’s very easy to do safely, and in actual fact, there’s very little that can go wrong. Providing of course that you don’t leave them to it. Here’s our baby standing a few steps up:
These days Isabelle can get up there pretty quick. She’s very steady on the stairs, and has yet to even hint at falling backwards. But she’s been doing this since she was roughly 8 months old. It’s helped with her leg strength that will also help her be a lot more steady when it comes to walking. And steady legs mean less falls, which is always a bonus!
What you can also do to help is simply place a hand by the step so they can push off that if they can’t reach up to the next step. It’s essentially putting another step in place for them to use. Just please be behind them when they’re doing this. I don’t want to be blamed for a baby falling backwards down a set of stairs.
4. Buy an Activity Table
This one has been a massive help for us, and not only does it encourage standing, but it encourages your baby to shuffle along the table as they explore all that the table offers.
This also helps them develop better hand-eye coordination as they learn to play with the various things present on the table, and they get an excellent chance to annoy you with the repetitive music. I have the melody from the counting to ten song from this table lodged in my head to the point where sometimes I’m just sat there on my own singing it.
If you’re after an activity table to help get your baby standing, then here are a few, including the one we use:
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There’s No Rush to Hit the Baby Milestones
Now more than ever I think parents are overly concerned with hitting baby milestones. Social media likely plays a role in that as many people inadvertently compare their babies development with someone else’s. Whilst we did do the baby milestones cards, it’s something we wouldn’t bother with for the next baby.
All I can say is have fun with this. Embrace and enjoy your babies development and don’t rush things or get concerned with how other babies are developing. Milestones will be reached at some point and it doesn’t matter when that is. Besides, once your baby is walking you’ll soon think back to the good old days when you could leave them on a play mat and they wouldn’t move!