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Pulling to Standing - Creating an Environment that Supports Movement

Otis looking at reflection and standing
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The decision to offer the child space for movement has important implications for both parents and child becuase it implies the decision to have a family life oriented increasingly toward the collaboration of people living together.  

There is really no need to buy objects but only a need to understand the value of free movement and how important it is for children always to feel their bodies free to move and work in a space. 

    - Understanding the Human Being by Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro

Otis standing at window ledge
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In the last few days Otis has been pulling to standing. I moved our kitchen table so he has access to all of our low window ledges. These low windows are great as the ledge is the right height to offer support and the window provides a view of the yard or a reflection of himself.
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Couches, coffee tables, ottomans, shelves, people, beds. He pulls up on everything. 
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Otis pulling to standing on me and on bed
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I put a small step stool near our wall mirror giving him another opportunity to pull up to see himself.
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Otis standing at mirror
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I also moved his small table into his room. I thought he would pull up on his chair but he hasn't figured that out yet. But there is lots of this.
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Otis crawling to standing at small table
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He must be worn out. That's a lot of activity for one day.
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Otis again pulling up on his table
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The unusual and slightly worrying thing is he isn't crawling on all fours yet. He is very mobile and fast but launching/creeping/slithering along. Getting a very dirty tum!
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