Babies’ Stages of Standing: When do Babies Stand for the First Time?

Cute baby going for their first steps

For most parents, seeing their baby crawl, stand, and take their first steps are some of the greatest milestones to look forward to. Naturally, you want to make sure your child is on track to hit those milestones, and do whatever you can to help them. To lend you a hand, we’ve put together some of the most important information on babies’ stages of standing. When babies stand for the first time, how their fine and gross motor skills develop, and a few of the ways in which you can help them grow.

Babies and Motor Development

Babies' standing stages

It’s a known fact that human babies take a much longer time than most other species to develop, but why? Biologists believe that it’s due to several factors, namely the size, and complexity. Humans have large, highly-developed brains that are capable of advanced communication, thought processing, and of course, dexterity. The drawback of this, however, is that developing these mental skills is a much slower process than that of other species. This is most notably seen in the frontal cortex, which some theorize doesn’t stop developing until age 25. However, it also affects fine and gross motor skills like crawling, using tools, and standing.

Human gross motor development generally happens in stages. Your newborn will start with very basic, rudimentary motions that gradually increase in complexity until they take their first steps. For their first few months, they’ll mostly just get acquainted with their arms and legs, usually by wiggling around. After a while, though, they’ll learn to use their body weight to roll over. Then use their arms and legs to crawl. Once they’ve started crawling, standing will come soon after.

When do Babies Stand With Support?

Cute baby standing by taking support of sofa

Of course, babies won’t go straight from crawling to standing on their own. At first, they’ll need support from a piece of furniture, baby standing toy, or another nearby object that they can lean on. As we mentioned earlier, babies generally start standing up with support shortly after they learn to crawl, so around 9-12 months old. They’re still learning how to balance. So they may be a bit unstable for a while. Give them a bit more time, though, and they’ll be able to stand on their own.

When do Babies Start Standing Alone?

Babies will start standing alone very soon after learning to stand with support, usually within the same 9-12 month-old period. By this point, they’ve become confident enough in their sense of balance that they may no longer feel the need to hold onto anything for support. But that doesn’t mean that they’re entirely self-sufficient. Their sense of balance is still a bit unstable, so they may trip and fall if left alone. Be sure to keep an eye on them when they start standing, and stay where you can catch them if needed. They’re short enough that most stumbles won’t cause any serious harm, but it’s better for everyone if you can catch them and spare the bruises and tears.

Another thing to keep in mind: it’s usually around this timeframe that babies will try to take their first steps. Again, their balance is still quite unstable, so they’ll most likely only be able to take a few at a time. Some babies are more ambitious than others, though, and may attempt to take a few more than they’re ready for. If you’re going to let your child roam, be sure it’s in a padded area that’s safe for them to take a tumble in. You may also want to buy them a durable pair of shoes to protect their feet, especially once they’ve become confident enough to walk outdoors.

My Baby Isn’t Standing. Should I Be Worried?

Cute baby girl going for their first steps by holding a hand of mother

Of course, the time to stand for children does vary a bit. No child is the same, and they all develop at different rates. As a parent, it’s natural to worry if your child seems to be developing slower, but often, it’s not too much to be worried about. However, you should keep an eye out for signs of cognitive and/or motor development delays, and bring up anything you see with your pediatrician.

There’s no need to panic if the 12-month mark has come and gone without your child standing. If there’s still no sign of standing by 14-15 months, though, you may want to look into it further. Some children are just late bloomers, but if it is due to some sort of developmental delay, it’s best to diagnose it as early as possible to help accommodate your child’s needs.

Toys to Help Baby Stand

Baby doing his first steps with the help of table

If you want to help your baby stand faster, it’s best to turn it into a fun activity. The best way to accomplish this is by giving them toys that encourage them to stand. In the case of babies standing with support, a solid stand-up toy should do the trick. If they’re already taking their first few steps, they’ll enjoy something like a push toy. Either way, having these toys will help them develop their fine motor skills while also having a great time!

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