Focus on standing, cruising and walking

  • Development can be viewed as a journey over a series of stepping stones that lead to the the major milestones of sitting, crawling, and walking. Each stepping stone represents a new level of skill with greater strength, coordination and balance. 

    The journey that leads to walking independently takes many months to complete. Infants who are motivated and active work very hard to improve their balance and control at each stage - it takes many hours of practice. 

  • The journey that leads to walking independently takes many months to complete starting at 4-5 months when infants first starts to support themselves on their legs when held upright, passed the pulling up to standing and cruising milestones and ending in walking a few meters independently.

  • And how parents can get their infants walking 

    On average, infants with good development start to walk between the ages of 10-14 months. Infants with joint hypermobility, low muscle tone, Down syndrome and those born pre-term or at risk for autism often start to walk later. 

  • There are a group of infants who do not straighten their legs in readiness for taking weight on their feet.  When you pick them up, they bend the legs and may even hold them straight forwards as if they are sitting on air. 

  • Functional strength training uses movement patterns that are common in everyday actions, such as stepping  and down, squatting, sitting up from lying and so on. 

    Because functional strength training uses complex combinations and sequences of  movements it has the advantage of improving flexibility, balance and coordination as well as strength.  

  • Infants and toddlers born preterm, and those with low muscle tone, joint hypermobility and delayed motor milestones, often have tightness in some muscles that affects their posture, balance and coordination.