Standing, cruising and stooping.
Why do it?
- When baby has mastered crawling, they’ll start trying to pull themselves up to stand against furniture. Whānau can help baby’s body strength and development by encouraging them.
- The time it takes baby to learn to pull to a stand, to cruise and then to stoop will differ. It will be influenced by the opportunities and encouragement they get, by their motor development and strength and by their natural temperament.
How to do it
- Place a toy on a low table where baby can see and try to reach it.
- When baby has mastered getting the toy, try placing the toy further along on the table so baby will ‘cruise’ (walk sideways) to get it.
- When baby has mastered pulling to a stand and cruising, try putting a toy by baby’s feet, so baby can practise stooping to pick it up.
- Baby’s motor skills are still developing. Stay close and support baby until their legs and arms are strong enough to support themselves.
- Put the toy just out of reach. But remember baby needs to succeed — not get frustrated because they’re not yet ready to move, or the toy is too far away.
Using more te reo Māori
|Te reo Māori||English|
|Ngōki ngōki Creeping, crawling Maori | Noun||Crawl|
|Whakapakari whakapakari To strengthen, mature (of people), develop Maori | Verb||Strengthening, developing|
|Hīkoi hīkoi To step, stride, march, walk Maori | Verb||Walk|
|Paneke paneke To move forward Maori | Verb||Move forward|
|Ruriruri ruriruri To stagger, tremble, totter, walk unsteadily Maori | Verb||Totter, walk unsteadily|
|E tū||Stand up|
|Whakawhena whakawhena To stand firm, be steady, stabilise Maori | Verb||Be steady|
|Whātoro whātoro To reach out, stretch out, touch, announce Maori | Verb||Reach out|
|Piko piko To bend, stoop Maori | Verb||Bend, stoop|
|Haere mai, haramai||Come here|
|Kohiā te taoga tākaro||Pick up the toy|
|Tō tere hoki!||You're so fast!|
|Me titiro||Have a look|
|Rarau rarau To grasp, lay hold of, handle, grab Maori | Verb||Grasp|
|Tangohia tangohia To remove, take away Maori | Verb||Pick up|
|He aha hei tākaro māu, e te tau?||
What would you like to play with, my darling?