by Anne Inns
My son-in-law tries to let his 4 month old baby stand unsupported. He stands her and just holds her hands(not even firmly) until her legs give way. Is this doing any harm to her?
*** Comment by Dalene ***
The first thing I always suggest parents do is to find out what their baby should be doing right now. So, let's have a look at the baby development chart
You will see that it's waaaaaay to soon to expect the baby to stand - let alone standing unsupported. Keep in mind that all babies must develop certain complex skills AND have the necessary physical strength and development before they will learn to stand unaided.
My suggestion at this age would be to spend lots of time sitting, rolling and in general... spending time on the floor. You will most likely see more rapid development this way than trying to shortcut natural development.