Observe the baby in a supported upright position with feet on the floor or table.
The adult holds the infant under the arms and lowers her legs so feet touch the floor.
Infants have reflexes that encourage leg extension in different positions. When the foot contacts the solid surface the child pushes against it. The whole body aligns.
Reflexes often stimulate actions that encourage the child to use certain muscles. The child needs these experiences so her muscles activate and practice different movements. Encourage parents to provide sufficient supports, but also allow the infant to feel the movements of her body in different positions, and in contact with various surfaces.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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