Babies can stand up on their own at four months


While the baby books will tell you that infants generally stand up, unsupported, from around nine months of age, a new study suggests bubs can master this important skill a whole lot earlier.

"With some training, children can stand much sooner than that, even before they're four months old," says lead author Professor Hermundur Sigmundsson, of Norwegian University of Science and Technology.As part of the research, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, 13 babies (with a mean age of 97 days) participated in a water-based program in Iceland. The swimming sessions lasted one hour for 12 weeks, and ran twice weekly.

Why the pool setting? According to the authors, it was considered "a safe and joyful context for the infant and their parents to study this specific motor behavior."

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