Discover the secret of childhood from 0-3 year old:

Do not put your baby in a standing position

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011 8:42 am | By Stephanie Woo

Babies love to sit. They love to stand even more. Parents will put babies in those positions because they look adorable AND it seems to make the baby very happy.

Babies love to stand because they get to see the world from a completely different point of view. However, there are several reasons not to do this before they’re ready.

1. Babies who stand before they’re ready can be bow-legged. Putting them in the standing positions is also problematic for their developing spine. The same goes for sitting. When you put a baby in a sitting position, if they fall forwards or backwards, it means they are not ready to be sitting. Don’t let them stay in that position for long. Bumbo seats are designed to keep baby in sitting positions before they are ready, do not put your baby in one of those. It is detrimental to their development.

2. Holding your baby up to stand or putting them in contraptions that keep them in those positions, like the walkers, are very bad for your baby. Children who are put in those contraptions tend to move on to the next movement milestone (sitting, crawling, pulling up, walking) LATER because they don’t have the motivation to learn to do those things on their own. Even more importantly, they don’t develop the proper cause and effect, “When I do this, I get to see this.” Instead, they don’t need to do anything and they get to see the world from the point of a view of someone sitting or standing. It skews their understanding of their body and movement – which is something they spend so much time exploring and learning the first couple years of life.

So help them develop the proper cause and effect of movement.  Be patient with them. Allow them to reach the stage where they can pull up to stand on their own. The joy and confidence they develop when they can finally do it by themselves is a priceless gift you can give them.

Reader Comments (3)

  1. What scientific evidence do you have for the claims above?

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 1:43 am | Tim
  2. What are your sources? Statements like these need reputable sources to back them up. Furthermore, a quick google search will tell you that babies becoming bow legged from being placed in a standing position too early is an old wives tale..

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 11:00 pm | Rei
  3. What you have written here contradicts most other information out there. The other information tends to be referenced and supported by scientific research. I see none of that here. It looks to me like you are just throwing claims out there with no substantiation other than your own mistrust of “contraptions”, as you call them. Please can you back up these claims with proper references?

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 1:53 am | TL

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