SfA Activities for Training Standing, Cruising and Walking

What is included in the SfA Infant and Toddler Training Guides 


Before you start

It is very important that your infant has been seen by a physician to check that the hips are healthy and that it is safe for your infant to engage in a program of exercises to strengthen the leg muscles for standing and walking. 

If your infant has significant developmental delay, a referral for physical therapy is the ideal. However, if this is not available time spent training your infant can be beneficial. 

Gentle stretches for tight hip muscles

If your infant tends to sit, crawl or stand with the legs wide apart, you will need to spend some time working on increasing the flexibility of the hip muscles. 

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My infant won't put their feet down to stand 

How to get your infant onto her feet

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Getting up into standing

Working on standing up from sitting strengthens the infant's leg muscles and trains coordination and control. 

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Improving balance in standing with support

Infants need to learn to balance in standing using one hand, and to shift their weight across the feet before they are able to take a step and start to crusie. 

 

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Standing with support and learning to balance

Some infants needs extra practice in order to learn to stand with support and reach in all directions. 

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Learning to bend the knees 

Infants with developmental delay and joint hypermobility (low muscle tone) may need some extra help to strengthen their leg muscles and improve balance and coordination to get them ready for standing with support and cruising.

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Stepping, cruising and walking with support

Once infants feel confident standing with support at a table, sofa or bed  they start  to step sideways holding onto whatever support they can find. . 

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How to train your toddler to fall well

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