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When Should a Baby Stand?

Expert Pediatrics Q&A


Updated May 22, 2014

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Q. When should a baby stand?

A. Pulling up and standing are fun and exciting milestones for babies.

It is usually a preclude to cruising and walking and means that your baby is about to become a lot more mobile.

According to the Denver II Developmental Assessment milestone's chart, infants usually:

  • stand, holding on to things between 6 1/2 to 8 1/2 months
  • pull to a standing position between 8 to 10 months
  • stand for about 2 seconds between 9 to 11 1/2 months
  • stand alone between 11 to 13 1/2 months
The other big question parents often have concerns the safety of allowing younger infants to stand up with support and bear weight on their legs. Most younger infants are able to do this between 2 and 4 1/2 months, and no, it won't cause them to have bow-legs.

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