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My son who is 10mo loves to be on his feet but he’s incredibly wobbly and always has been. I was wondering if there is anything to help him stand more stably as he pulls himself up onto everything. Has also been army crawling since 6mo but dragging his right leg behind him and he always falls I’m worried he might badly hurt himself at some point. So any advice to help him stand better would be great (I’m not asking how to make/help him walk just stand).

Posted anonymously, 22nd September 2014

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  • Wow, already walking with 10m is amazing ! Logic he’s still wobbly, he’ll get better over time.

  • learning to stand and balance is all part of growing process for toddler(big step!) All practice but you could hold his hands and let him use you as balance, lrgd\s and confidence go with trying and encouragement and praise

  • take him to an Occupational Therapist to see if there’s any underlying cause for him not to stand. they’ll give you some tools to help if need be. Or even try a chiropractor.

  • I found that my bubs really enjoyed her activity tables and activity walking trollies around $25 from Kmart, providing encouragement until his confidence comes will also go along way, my bubs also started off pulling herself along on her tummy favouring one side over the other she is now almost 1 and has just started walking unassisted .Development in babies is very individual so enjoy the moment as he will grow up all to soon.

  • I would get a Jumperoo – it helps with their coordination and strength in their legs from bouncing around in it.
    Although if your son is dragging one leg behind him, it might be worth mentioning to the child health nurse, or maybe your GP just to make sure there is nothing sinister going on.
    Children do develop at their own rate though, and usually they start doing things very quickly when they do, then you wonder whatever you were worried about.

  • We had a Bright starts (check out my profile pic) walker table, she could only go in circles around the table so its super safe!

  • The wobbly boots will likely be around for a little while. It’s completely normal until their muscles strengthen. The best way you can help is provide opportunities for bub to try standing in a safe environment. Try not to hurry him along too much though. If he isn’t physically ready for it you may find it has negative, rather than positive, effects.

  • Baby walkers and the baby play centre thingys that they stand in the seat for support and spin around are good but all bubs develop at there own rate

  • Jolly jumpers are great and have been around forever. One thing my boys loved was a vtech stand up walker (with the removable push and play thing on the front). I bought mine second hand from eBay for $18.

  • He’s still very young & will build strength naturally. Don’t worry

  • I wouldn’t use a Jolly Jumper as their hips can be damaged because they don’t sit in the frog leg position while in them. A baby putting weight on his legs is a gradual thing, try not to rush him. Its important to remember that they do things when they are ready. For a fun thing to do you could try a Jumperoo, otherwise just time with you or a family member supporting him standing up is a good thing. If you have issues or concerns you could talk to your GP or Child Health Nurse. :)

  • Talk to your GP first. It may be he is just developing at a slower rate if not ask if an Occupational Therapist can assess him. The OT has more experience with this and that way you can get peace of mind and not be worried that you may or may not be causing any more problems. If nothing is wrong try a Jolly Jumper kids love them and it’s great for muscle strength.

  • i’ve heard good and bad reviews but for us the Jolly Jumper really strengthened our daughters legs!! she was walking at 9 months old.

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