Babies learning to stand may look unsteady, but are actually in more control than they appear, especially if they focus and hold on to an object like a toy.
“Babies learning to stand often sway and appear out of control, but in this study, once we handed them a toy their standing posture improved and they were more stable,” says Laura Claxton, assistant professor of health and kinesiology at Purdue University.
“Even though babies are top heavy and their neuromuscular systems are immature, this shows infants have more control when standing than many believe. Without the toy to hold, they go right back to being unstable.”
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