Being a working mom does have some downfalls, ok several. One of them being that there is a chance that I will miss milestones in person. Thanks to technology however, I get to experience them via video, as do all of my co-workers.
While at work, Rick sent me a video of Noah pulling to stand for the first time. Who knew he had this in him? The last milestone Noah hit was the inch worm crawl, so we weren’t even on the look out for Noah to pull himself up on his own right now.
Even if we aren’t expecting them, it doesn’t keep us from getting super excited and celebrating Noah’s accomplishments.
How To Help Your Child Learn To Stand Up / Pull Their Self Up.
There are several tools that need to come together for a child to stand. Noah is pulling up from a kneeling position, which we have been working on at physical therapy.Kneeling helps strengthen the legs to be ready for standing. There are several different activities to work on in kneeling, one that has helped with this milestone today is doing half kneeling, where one foot is placed flat on the floor with the other knee on the ground. Noah is pushing up from this position in the video.
Standing also involves something we are very familiar with which is the core. I am starting to notice a theme with all of our developmental milestones, that one must have a strong core to achieve them. Noah continues to work on his core muscles with each therapy session.
Since we first brought Noah home from the hospital he’s had a very strong desire to have his back extended. Tummy time was awesome for him, and he was great at it. It’s one reason sitting was a difficult task for us to accomplish, as he didn’t like to flex. I am excited that he now gets to extend his back again during these activities. He will be one happy camper.
When mastering pulling to stand the child will initially rely on upper body strength to get them up, and as they get stronger will transition to using the lower body, as well as being able to gain endurance so that they can stand longer.
Two Exercises to Work On Pulling To Stand
I will again reference Patricia Winder’s fabulous book Gross Motor Skills in Children With Down Syndrome for these exercises. (If you don’t already own this book, it’s a must have for any parent raising a child with Down syndrome.)
- Have your child sitting on a bench, or box so that their legs are at a 90 degree angle. You put something in front of them that they can grab onto to pull themselves up, she recommends a crib, pack and play, large storage container with something to weight it down, or whatever your child is interested in. Put a toy on the pull up object to motivate your child to pull up. She mentions moving the bench or box against the legs once they stand up to offer support initially. You then work on sitting back down with bent legs
- Once they have mastered the 90 degree angle then you can move to working on standing from a kneeling position. You can see our post on supported kneeling to help with that position. Practice getting into half-kneeling with one foot on the ground. Put something to pull up on in front of them that they are actually able to reach and they will pull to stand from the leg that has the foot flat on the ground. This is what Noah is doing in today’s video
Motivation for Standing
Noah is playing with his current favorite toy in today’s video. The Fisher-Price Little Superstar Sing-Along Stage has been an excellent motivator for him to work on kneeling and now pulling to stand. (This toy is also on our top 10 toy list, and without a doubt has been one of the toys Noah’s played with the most.) Noah’s fairly certain the guy he sees in the mirror is awesome and becomes quite chatty with him. You should hear their conversations.
This toy is hard to find in stores, but you can purchase it on Amazon by clicking the link above, and I’ve also seen it several times at second-hand stores like Once Upon A Child which is where we scored this one. It has a firm base, lots of lights and music and Noah’s best friend in the mirror. It has been a great tool for us to use.
Has your child shocked you by achieving a milestone you were not expecting? Any other working parents out there that experience milestones via video?