February 10, 2014 7:04 AM Subscribe
How can I help our 11 month old learn to transition between standing/sitting/belly positions?
posted by Behemoth to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Our baby seems to have taken the less conventional path to learning mobility. He never got up on all fours, which seems to usually lead to crawling, sitting up, etc. Instead he separately learned belly crawling, butt-scooting, and cruising (and is pretty good at all of those), but he mostly relies on us to help him transition between these modalities.
He can roll over with no issues and occasionally plops down on his butt while standing (the latter is rare, because why would anyone ever want to sit when standing is so great?). I also know he has the physical strength and ability to, for example, pull up to standing from sitting. If I am sitting or lying down next to him, he will use my body as support to stand up with relative ease, or even to worm his way into standing from his belly (without any active help). However, he will only do this when a parent's body is involved -- he either doesn't realize that other objects can serve the same purpose, or perhaps he deliberately wants the parent to be there. Once or twice he has used a toy to stand up, but most of the time he just gives up and calls for help.
Our pediatrician is not currently concerned about this, since the baby can move around and seems to have the physical capacity to do what's required. However, I'd like to help him learn how to sit up and stand up on his own. Most of the suggestions I've found require walking the baby through the procedure by moving his limbs into correct positions; however, this guy is kind of stubborn and will resist us moving his arms and legs unless it will instantly accomplish whatever he wants at that moment. Any tips or tricks from people with similar experiences would be much appreciated.