Pulling to Stand

Your baby may be pulling to a standing position at this point.  They may or may not be crawling or cruising yet, but they use their arm muscles and begin to pull their body up as their legs push down.  Here is a way to help your baby along the way.

You can help your baby by activating his body through touch to let him learn the appropriate sensations necessary for an optimal stance.  Lay him down and take one heel.  With your thumb, firmly press on the center of his heel.  Repeat a few times and then do the other heel.  This physical therapy technique helps at any stage, regardless if the baby is at the cusp of pulling to stand or already pulling to stand.  The touch associated with his heel will teach his body to learn an appropriate standing position that gives him an optimal chance of power in his legs and balance.

8-12 Months

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