11 Ways you can help your baby start pulling up and stand

Baby start pulling up and stand

Baby start Pulling up and stand – The first steps of a baby is indeed an exciting moment for the parents. Not only do parents awe the baby by smiles with glittery eyes, the baby starts to see a whole new perspective of the world on all twos.

Now that the baby is on all twos, it’s that time again to make your home save for the baby to cruise around because there is no holding back to that baby anymore!

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Introduction:

Parents wait for the moment for their little on to reach this particular milestone of walking. It is the beginning for your little one to become an independent infant. At this point, your little one is no more a baby.

Parents clap with glee and hug the baby joyfully at the sight of the first steps. Babies take the first steps at different months of their age. Also, all babies follow a particular timeline to achieve the milestone of the first steps. Nevertheless, when baby start pulling up and stand it is indeed a happy moment for the parents.

Now comes the tough part of making sure that the baby does not injure themselves while they set out to explore the world.

You can read our article 17 ways to effectively baby proof your House for more details.

Stages of the milestone when baby start pulling up and stand

This stage as per Denver II Developmental Assessment milestone’s chart have 4 sub stages… These stages happen between 6 ½ months to around 14 months.

As all developmental milestones. Each baby is unique and they follow their own stages give or take few weeks or month before or after.

What we have outlined is indicators of what majority of the babies do between 6 ½ months to around 14 months.

The baby can stand up on their legs by holding on to objects. They are wobbly and they support comes from the objects they hold. Be it the wall or a furniture leg etc…

Next around 8 months the baby on their own reached out, grasps and pull themselves up to a standing position. They need support to pull themselves up and they exert pulling force on the object they are grasping to lift themselves up.

By around 9 months the baby tries to stand on their own. Balance themselves on their two little feet for few mins without support before they fall back on their bums as a lump. They are still wobbly and sway.

Slowly after few weeks around 10 ½ months they achieve the feast of standing on their feed alone and unassisted.

All these little milestones your little one needs to cross will they are able to successfully able to Pulling up and stand. And at each stage parents need to exercise caution to ensure baby safety. We will discuss them subsequently.

11 Ways you can help your baby start Pulling up and stand

Once a baby is comfortable crawling and sitting on their own then it should signal you that your baby is ready for the next set of milestones.

And that would be for the baby start pulling up and stand on their own. To do that your baby will have to develop in a physical strength and the muscles of his tiny lights need to be strong enough to hold and balance wait.

And there are many things as parents we can do to encourage your baby to achieve this milestone of pulling up and stand smoothly.

A few practices that we do to ensure that our baby is able to stand by pulling themselves up from their sitting positions.

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  • When you are sitting you can encourage your baby by making him stand on the floor and support his back with your knees while you hold both his hands. This help your baby to get a sense of how it feels to stand firmly on the ground.
  • You can also place some of his interesting toys on a higher level so that he is motivated enough to hold the furniture and stand so that he can grab the toy. When you do this make sure that the toy is placed on a furniture which is solid and firm. This is needed to prevent any accident of the furniture falling on your baby when your baby tries to pull on the furniture to stand up.
  • When you are holding the baby while you are sitting make sure that the baby is standing with his feet on your thighs. This will help him place his feet firmly on to a solid surface.
  • You can also place your baby near the wall or the furniture and make him hold on to the furniture and let him stand all by himself for a few seconds before you hold him again. It will help your baby bear weight on his legs. 
  • When he is sitting on the floor and reaching out to you, calling you to lift him up. Gently hold both his hands and lift him up so he can stand up for some time on the floor with his feet on the floor before you proceed to carry him. Rather than directly carrying him. This helps immensely for baby start pulling up and stand.
  •  Also making your baby stand on different surfaces will make him more curious. E.g. You can make him stand on your lawn. Or on the sand box in your garden. Or on your carpet or on the bed. These different surfaces will bring about a sense of curiosity in your baby.
  • Babies learn a lot when they observe other people and things around them. You or their siblings walking around the house itself is a good motivation for them to want to imitate you. However, they work best when they see other babies their own age trying to stand up. This gets them to be interested and imitate what other babies are doing. 
  • For any milestone, show your appreciation when your baby tries to achieve these milestones. Even if they fail your cooing and clapping, smiling and your happiness that you show when your baby attempts to do these things will naturally increase your baby’s desire to try and do it more and more to keep you happy. 
  • Your kids will encounter failures when baby start pulling up and stand and grow in this milestone. Which means that he might fall back on his back or his bum a bit more often in the initial stages. That is part of growing up. However, empathizing with your cute one when they fall down makes sounds that show him that you are concerned about him and once again encourage him to be back on his feet. Remember falling is an important part of growing. 
  • You can also help him by holding his hips and making him bounce so that every time he jumps up and down, he pushes against the floor with his legs to move up. 
  • You can make him sit on your lap and hold his legs and mimic walking movements. This way he would be excited looking forward to the milestone of walking which precedes the milestone of standing up. 

Remember all these activities not only help your baby achieve the milestone of baby start pulling up and stand. But when you are engaging with your baby to help them aching this you are also bonding with your baby.

Our articles bonding with baby and fathers’ bond with baby can be of much help to you.

The next milestone – Baby Starts Walking

The next milestone to look forward to after baby start pulling up and stand is for baby to start walking.

All babies reach this milestone at a different age. Some can walk on all twos on their first birthday. While others are tending to take their first step after passing the first birthday. Or some babies can be entu cutlets and start walking by 8 ½ months like myself.

Nevertheless, parents shouldn’t worry about when their baby will take the first steps. And if you are concerned you would discuss about it during your kid’s general checkup.

You can read all about this milestone of waking and the previous milestone to pulling up and stand which is crawling in our articles 15 Ways you can help your baby to walk SOON and 1st 15 days – Simple guide to Baby Care.

When this development milestone delay happens along with delays in other developmental milestones. They you have a cause to worry and need to highlight it to your doctor during checkup.

The important thing is that when the time comes for the baby to start cruising around, make the home a safe place.

There are many things you can do to develop a cruise-safe home. However, there will always be the risk of the baby having some injuries.

Timeline of the Baby Taking the First Steps

Even though babies take their first step at a different age, they do tend to follow a very similar timeline of starting to cruise.

At first, a baby start pulling up and stand. Pull himself up by holding on to furniture for support. When the baby becomes an expert, then he starts to take some small steps to slide along the furniture or wall support.

As the baby develops the sense of balancing, he will rely less on the support from the furniture.

Likewise, as the muscles strengthen with the small steps, the baby will eventually learn to take bigger proper steps. During this stage it is good if parents take baby out to park and outdoors so they can start getting a sense of play and the much-needed sunlight and fresh air. Read about the importance of sunlight from our article 20 Astonishing benefits of sunlight for kids.

As time goes by, the baby will develop confidence and will take bigger and bold steps. This is the pavement for the next steps of running and climbing. And outdoor play is essential to help your baby with this milestone. You can read about it in our articles

10 Things to do when your baby start pulling up and stand.

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The more mobile your baby is the more the chances of accidents. And as parents we need to be more agile and vigilant to ensure our child’s safety esp. when the baby start pulling up and stand.

It is very important to baby proof your home for the cruiser in the house. Baby’s curiosity is at the peak at this point. The new exciting world is filled with exploration.

The baby will want to touch and pull on everything that comes in the reach. This can lead to serious injuries.

1. Keep Things Out of reach

The new level ground for the baby has leveled up. Now you have to take care of the things that can be crawled to and walked to. This includes moving up the things that can come within the reach of the baby. It could be a corner table with a vase. The table can tip over the baby, which will result into an unpleasant outcome.

2. Wrap up the cords

Dangling things are always attractive to a baby. They will want to pull on the electric wires. Cords can either strangle the baby or make the end of the object fall on his head. Either way, they should be wrapped up neatly to avoid the attractive dangling.

Similarly, it is crucial to wrap up the blind cords to avoid any unpleasant accidents from the baby. They should be out of the baby’s reach.

3. Stove Safety

A kitchen is a dangerous place for a baby as it is full of bound to happen mishaps. There are many things for you to watch out.

Firstly, make sure to turn the handles of the pots away from the baby’s reach. Secondly, make sure all the cabinets are locked so that the baby cannot open them up for exploration. It is also important to keep sharp objects out of the baby’s reach, which includes cutters, knives, peelers etc.

4. Make the Furniture Baby-Safe

Some items of furniture are not well constructed for the baby’s safety. Hence, the sharp edges can be a great danger for the baby.

A baby can stand up and hit his head against the sharp edge. Sometimes the injury can be lifelong. Other times, they require stitches. Nevertheless, it is vital to get corners fasteners to make the edges round.

5. Hide the Dangerous Products

I think this is the most important one to make your home safe for the baby to walk around. All houses have a variety of products in many categories that are not safe for the baby.

For example, there a lot of medication, cleaning products, and grooming products. These products are hazardous if swallowed or go into the sensitive body parts like the eyes. They should be either locked away in the cupboard or kept at a higher level so it will be out of the reach.

6. Use Safety Gates

The easiest way to stop a baby from exploring a room filled with possible hazards and accidents is to install a safety gate. It will keep them out of the room and away from harm. The crucial rooms like the kitchen and bedroom should have safety gates.

7. Lock the Doors

Lock the rooms where the baby has no business of exploring. These rooms include the washrooms, which you cannot keep an eye on. Limiting the cruising to just the places where you can keep watch is an excellent way to keep the baby out of trouble.

If there are siblings in the house, let them know the possible accidents that can occur if the washroom door is kept open. Informing the siblings is a great way to enhance responsibility habit.

Equally important, lock the windows and the doors that lead to the swimming pool or outside. The baby has no reason to explore these areas in any circumstances.

 8. Adjust the crib level

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Most importantly, adjust the setting of the place where the baby sleeps. Your baby is nor more a crawler and can stand up with the support of the crib bars. Ensure that the baby cannot fall over the crib bars by lowering the crib level as low as possible. 

9. Lock all cabinets

Lock all kitchen and bathroom cabinets with baby-proof safety locks. They should be off-limits for the baby. Even keep the drawers of the dressing and chest locked as well. Not only can the things inside let the baby make a mess, but it can have belongings that the baby can injure himself.

10. Remove Hazardous things

Babies put just about everything in the mouth. They are curious little things that need to taste everything. Some objects include tissues, fridge magnets, papers etc.

All family members should work as a team and not let the little one come near these dangerous things. It is a tough one which requires you to keep an eye on most of the hours of a day.

Conclusion:

While your baby start pulling up and stand and when they are able to be standing in all two’s is definitely a milestone to be enjoyed. It can be enjoyed only if a little one is also safe.

So, while we spend a lot of time trying to encourage your little one to achieve this milestone, we should be cognizant of the fact of the dangers that the milestone can post to a little one.

While being vigilant in ensuring that we give our little one the space for him to explore and grow to be a much stronger toddler.

God Bless!!

Thabitha David

Thabitha David

Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Friend. She is a MBA Graduate specialized in Human Resources. She is a very proud mother of 3 Kids. (2 Teens & 1 Tween). She is a keen Observer of Life and is a blogger. She writes these articles based on her experience (Success and Failures). She does this with hope to help and ease the pain of at-least one parent as they face the challenges of parenting. Read more from the About Us Page

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