Is your baby crawling when they should be? Or are they walking when they should be?
For us, it's not so much a timeline that we are worried about is did they develop the skills in order to get them to crawling or walking before they actually got there.
For example--my daughter (Dr. Michaela) is only an adjusted age of 4 months, but she would prefer to stand if I let her. To an untrained eye this may seem super advanced of her, but in reality there are a lot of steps left to get her there--
She's got to be able to sit on her own
Crawl on all fours
Pull herself up to standing
annnddddd theeeennnn she can stand.
Yep, I'm totally the THAT mom that doesn't put her in any position that would facilitate standing because
a) babies that love standing tend to skip over some of the in between steps
b) while she loves it, her muscles, bones, ligaments, and balance system (brain) aren't developed to be able to support her doing that.
It would be similar to you walking up to a heavy barbell at the gym to deadlift it (when you don't normally deadlift), and picking it up off the ground. You may be able to do it. It may not be all that pretty, and it's probably not all that good for you either.
So what does this leave us with then--not letting my cute babe have fun standing?
This Friday, Dr. Zoe is not only going to go through the steps that your babe will go through between months 6-12, but she'll also go through how to make it fun, and what to look out for as signs they may not be following their optimal development (for them, on their timeline).
It's on FB live at 1:30pm--you can watch it from the comfort of your own home, and we'll be available to answer questions.
If you don't have a a cutie in the ages of 6-12 months--can you share this with a friend who has a baby in their life that is under a year? Grandparents and caregivers included!
Dr. Michaela and Dr. Zoe