Adventures of the bouncing baby

At this point in Baby’s life, you may notice that she has a new hobby – if you stand her up in your lap or beside you, with you holding her upright, there’s a good chance she will start to bounce.

Baby won’t bounce like a bouncy ball, but she might bounce a lot like a slightly older child on a trampoline. When babies really get bouncing, it can make some parents worry, either because they’ve heard old wives’ tales about holding babies in the standing position like that making babies bow-legged or damaging their hips, or because they’re remembering warnings about Shaken Baby Syndrome.

SBS isn’t connected to this bouncing, which Baby generally sets the pace for themselves. SBS affects children who are shaken violently, generally out of anger or frustration. Even at her most active, Baby won’t even get close to putting themselves in danger of SBS.

In fact, this bouncing helps build up Baby’s leg muscles and coordination, and can be a sign that she is getting ready to start ‘cruising’ around the room, and then walking.

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