The strengthening of leg muscles enables Your Child to put their body weight on the legs every time their feet touch a hard surface.
In no time, you will see Your Child trying to push up and down with their legs. Such development is usually an infant’s first step towards crawling and standing.
How to support this development
Put Your Child on a flat and hard ground and support the little one to stand up. When children put their body weight on their legs, we usually notice a curling or dragging of the feet, as if they are trying to walk. As you keep supporting Your Child, you may slowly increase the weight on the legs. As long as they enjoy this exercise, don’t worry much about hurting the child’s muscles. Also, note that we can use this method to train a child’s leg strength without having to worry that they will have bow legs. Bow legs are usually the results from sitting incorrectly in the first years of life.
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Sources: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (11 June 2021)