During the 3rd and 4th months, many parents may be tempted to hold their baby in an upright position. You may do so but always support your baby by holding it firmly with your hands placed just below its armpits. Without support, your baby may topple sideways or backwards and injure himself/herself. This initial practice would be the first stepping stone of sorts for him/her to bear his/her own weight.
By the 5th month, many babies try to stand up on their own by latching and grabbing on to some furniture. This will allow them for the first time to take control of their body and weight and transfer the body pressure downward onto the legs. However, some babies may take more time (six to nine months) to be able to properly stand upright and bear weight on their legs.
Your baby has so far been lying and crawling all the time. The act of standing up will be a new thing and no doubt that your little one’s little legs would be wobbly in the beginning. Bearing weight on the legs and feet is the first step in this process because it helps adjust the bones and muscles of the body. Hence, after five months or so, help him/her stand up by holding on to you or any other firm object, from time to time.
Once your baby starts walking, baby-proofing the house is essential. It is important to eliminate potential risk factors such as sharp-edged furniture and other items around the home. Give your baby ample space to crawl and practice walking.
Remember that your baby’s progress should not be compared with that of other babies. These are just general guidelines and your baby may or may not end up achieving these milestones by the exact specified time. Bearing weight and standing up straight would be a new and complicated process, and hence, it may take time for your baby to accomplish it.