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Starting to Pull Up -- Montessori Baby Week 38

Babies are natural explorers. They don't need to be told or shown how to explore their environment, they just do it. They take it all in, absorbing every last detail. And, in the process they figure out how to get their bodies to do what they need them to do in order to make this exploration possible. So, it's through this exploration that they learn about themselves and our world. 

Adding a small footstool to your Montessori baby environment can be an interesting gross motor challenge and the perfect way for a baby to practice pulling up

It's therefore, our role to make the world interesting, accessible, and safe. We often think of toys as being the first thing we should provide, which can often be met with disappointment when they are ignored in favor of common objects and gross motor challenges. Therefore, we can't forget to give babies an environment where they can physically get around and explore. 

Adding a small footstool to your Montessori baby environment can be an interesting gross motor challenge and the perfect way for a baby to practice pulling up

A couple of months ago when Gus started to roll around more fluidly, we added this footstool from IKEA to our movement area. It was a simple addition that provides so much interesting exploration for Gus. First, it physically slowed him down from reaching Nora's materials on the other side of the room. Then, it's texture was an interesting thing for him to explore. 

Now, it's all about pulling up! Augustus has discovered that he can use the stool to pull himself to his knees and now to his feet! These are huge milestones for him (and for any baby.) He now has a completely different view of his environment, his world. He is using, figuring out, and developing muscles he needs to eventually pull completely to standing and start walking. 

Adding a small footstool to your Montessori baby environment can be an interesting gross motor challenge and the perfect way for a baby to practice pulling up
Adding a small footstool to your Montessori baby environment can be an interesting gross motor challenge and the perfect way for a baby to practice pulling up

It's also been instrumental in helping him get the strength he needs to push himself to sit -- something he still struggles with because of his torticollis and low muscle tone. Eventually, this will be used as his first small table to sit at and work, and a pull-up bar will be used on the wall for him to walk. 


So, consider how you can add a small pull up surface to your child's space. It could be something like this footstool, a sturdy cushion, your leg, or small sturdy chair. Remember that all children develop at their own pace and to watch your baby and make adjustments accordingly. 

Adding a small footstool to your Montessori baby environment can be an interesting gross motor challenge and the perfect way for a baby to practice pulling up

What was the first thing your baby liked to pull up on?

Adding a small footstool to your Montessori baby environment can be an interesting gross motor challenge and the perfect way for a baby to practice pulling up
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