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Standing too soon?

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eilidhfi Wed 17-Sep-08 10:56:34

DD has been able to stand supporting her body weight since she was about 3 weeks old. MIL told me that she'd get bandy legs if I let her do it cos her bones aren't strong enough yet, so I stopped letting her do it.

Anyway, DD is now 4mo and will pull herself up on the furniture and look about with a big cheesy grin on her face, so are her bones strong enough to support her yet?

iwantasecondone Wed 17-Sep-08 11:01:42

My dr told me that it was absolutely fine. Mine has been doing the same. Hates sitting...

quickdrawmcgraw Wed 17-Sep-08 11:03:37

I think if they're doing it by themselves they're probably ok.

belgo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:04:59

don't worry about it. My dd1 was the same. She's just naturally very strong.

eilidhfi Wed 17-Sep-08 11:05:05

Oh good! She's kind of umstoppable now...

solo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:05:29

My Hv told me off when she saw Ds doing it, also saying he'd go bandy. I think it makes sense really as their bones are still very soft. I didn't encourage it with Dd.

solo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:06:43

I've seen two very bandy toddlers this year too, so I'd be cautious...

FabioVicePeeperPlopper Wed 17-Sep-08 11:06:57

You could also argue it's strenghtening their muscles to prevent later bandiness.

I dont' think it'll make her bandy.

thebecster Wed 17-Sep-08 11:07:20

My DS did this too, and was walking unsupported at 8 mo. His legs are perfectly straight, with very well defined muscles! (he's 2 now). If she's doing it herself, then I'd have thought her bones are strong enough. I think there's sometimes a problem if parents are 'encouraging' them to stand before they're ready, but short of rugby tackling DS every time he stood up, there wasn't much I could have done anyway!

mrsbabookaloo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:07:25

I'm not sure on this, but I think it's an old wives tale about the bandy legs... you can't really stop them I don't think.

Hopefully somebody who actually knows will come along.

belgo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:07:47

no it doesn't cause bandy legs. Nutrient deficiency causes bandy legs. It's not a good idea to force a baby to do this, but if they are doing it naturally and of their own accord, then there's no problem.

solo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:25:24

Isn't that ricketts belgo? Vitamin D deficiency.

belgo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:45:01

ricketts is apparently making a bit of a come back unfortuately, due to vitamin D deficiency and sunlight deficiency.

eilidhfi Wed 17-Sep-08 11:49:00

So not encouraging it but not worrying too much when she does do it is the way forward? Bit of a minefield this parenting lark!

I'm off to find something else to worry/feel guilty about grin

belgo Wed 17-Sep-08 11:51:00

yes that's the way forward smile

catweazle Wed 17-Sep-08 20:09:56

My 19 yo was 5 months old when he started pulling himself up and has perfectly straight non-bandy legs.

Hulababy Wed 17-Sep-08 20:11:42

Don't worry about it. If they can do it and their legs support tham, they they are developmentally ready to stand.

DD was always an upright baby. She was cruising from 5 months. Nothing wrong with her legs now.

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