Week Thirty Five
Once your baby is sitting and then crawling, it's only a matter of time before she begins to pull herself up from the floor into a standing position using the furniture (or your legs). To successfully pull herself up, your baby will move from a sitting position onto her knees before using her upper body strength to literally hoist herself into a standing position. While this trick is still new to her, you may find that your baby gets stuck in the standing position while she tries to figure out how to get herself back down to the floor. And with her little legs baring all her weight, don't be surprised if she suddenly falls to the ground. You can fast-track this learning process by manipulating her knees into a bend and showing her how to lower herself to the ground in a controlled manner.
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Preparing your home for a walker
He's standing up, he's falling down. He's standing up, he's falling down, your baby will have many, many falls before - and after - he learns to walk and, aside from the obvious sore head, bottom and hands, most of the damage is usually done when he falls awkwardly onto an object that's got pointy edges or moves once he's fallen.
To ensure he's as safe as he can be, check around your house for potentially dangerous corners, handles and drawers - you may want to invest in corner protectors, edge bumpers and safety door catches to keep his head and hands safe. Don't forget that once he's standing, he's a good deal taller than when he's crawling so he'll now be able to hit his head on a whole new range of furniture!
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Pulling up in bed
Pulling up to standing is such a great show stopper, you may find that your baby never wants the show to end! Put her to bed and you find she's standing up in her cot, lie her down and she pops up again. What to do? Well, as with many new tricks, you may just have to wait until she learns a new one before she's happy to let this one go. While it's a good idea to encourage her to lie down when she's in her cot, don't worry if you can't keep her under her covers - if she stands up long enough, her legs will tire (sometimes you may even see her knees buckling!) and she'll eventually conk out. Offer her a couple of books to look at in bed to encourage her to sit rather than stand.
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This article was written by Linda Drummond for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz