Take your little one from wobbly to mind-boggly with our safe-standing toddler cheer-squad tips!
It seems like yesterday that you nervously brought that tiny bundle home from hospital. And yet here we are, with your dimple-thighed bundle of cute already tiring of crawling and wanting to see more of the world - from a standing position.
If your child is about to take these first moves toward standing up, here are some great ways to ensure success and happiness - and minimise bumps and wobbles.
Dress the part
Even the most agile toddler will be tripped up by inappropriate garb. Slippery socks, too-long dresses or too-tight overalls are all hurdles to your baby's confident progress.
Go for bare feet, comfy pants and and a stretchy tee. Avoid anything that will restrict your baby's movement or stop them from finding their feet.
If your child is keen to stand and survey the lounge room or kitchen floor, it's a signal that it's time for you to re-examine the hazards around your place.
Teach your child about evaluating information and being critically aware of information found online. Most children use the internet to improve and develop their knowledge in relation to schoolwork and personal interests. Children should be aware that not all information
Take note of dangerous corners on tables, things that were once out of reach when your baby was a crawler, and floors that might be a little too hardcore for your baby's precious noggin. Then make plans.
Move things higher, add cosy rugs and check out your favourite baby store for other items to make your furniture safer for your little one.
Timing is everything
Just before bedtime is probably not the best time to encourage your child's awesome standing-all-by-themselves skills.
Not only will they be exhausted and cranky, they'll be much more likely to ignore important things like getting their balance and holding on with both hands: Insert wobbles AND wails.
Practice makes perfect
Once your baby has found her feet and is feeling more confident about standing without help from you, encourage her to do it more often!
The more your littlie stands on her own two feet, the more of a handle she'll get on important skills like balance, and the more likely she'll be to take the next step - cruising around the furniture!
Are you ready for this?!
Be sure to reward progress and missteps equally as your child learns the ropes and discovers how great this vertical life can be. They'll probably be equal parts excited and confused at their early attempts, so some reassuring favourite people can make all the difference.
Model brave behavior. Want confident kids? They will be less likely to be easily flustered if they see you taking healthy risks. "A lot of adults won't go to a movie solo because they would be embarrassed to be seen sitting alone. So do it, then talk to your kids about it," says David Allyn, the author of I Can't Believe I Just Did That. Similarly, if your kids see you laugh when you realize that your shirt has been on backwards all morning, maybe they'll giggle, instead of feeling embarrassed, when it happens to them.
Plenty of hugs and kisses and praise - whatever the outcome - is the best approach.
Get family and friends on-board to form a toddler cheer-squad. Wild encouragement is a great motivator, even for tiny people.
Record the moment
Don't forget to take lots of photos and video of your baby's progress as they gather confidence and find their feet.
There is almost nothing cuter than seeing those chubby, toddler legs getting a work-out and seeing your baby's excitement as they make moves towards greater independence.
Be as snap-happy as you like because you can file those adorable records away for the 18th birthday party slideshow.
Are you excited your baby is standing on her own two feet, or is this all moving too fast for you?!
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