I heard that this causes a baby to be bowlegged

United States
September 21, 2006 2:39pm CST
My mom told me that letting a baby stand on her own weight before 9 months will make her bowlegged. Have you heard anything about this?
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@chelblp (115)
• Philippines
22 Sep 06
I think that's not the main reason why a baby would be bowlegged. Here in the Philippines, the legs of the baby should be massage that's a massage intended only for the baby not to be bowlegged. I don't know how you do it there but it's been proven effective even if you let the baby stand before 9 months.
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@spikyarj (519)
• India
22 Sep 06
have heard my mother saying that too..at a young age the babys legs arent able enough to support his own weight..
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@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
22 Sep 06
I used to stand my kids all the time. The oldest was walking by 10mos and neither one of them are bowlegged.
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• United States
22 Sep 06
i don't know if it true but my nephew is bowlegged and he has been trying to stand on his own from about 3 months. but his father is also bowlegged. maybe its a coincedense...i don't know.
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• United States
22 Sep 06
i never heard of that
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@NykieJ (192)
• United States
22 Sep 06
I've heard the same thing, but from experiance I think it's crap. My son loved to 'stand' since birth, would walk alone furniture since 7 months, and he's now 18 months and is completely fine. This rumor probally comes from a mother whose child was bowlegged to begin with, but needed something to blame it on. In my opinion that where most of these stupid rumors began.
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• United States
22 Sep 06
A baby will not hold their weight unless they are strong enough to do so. So NO that is just an old wives tale.
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@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
22 Sep 06
All of my children were pulling themselves up to a standing position by the age of nine months. (In fact, I think this is the norm). Anyway, none of my children is bowlegged.
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
22 Sep 06
If the child has the ability to stand of their own there is no problem.I have asked many parents about this.They all told me that by 4-5 months most children cam go on a walker.The ability to stand depends on strength of their legs.
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• United States
22 Sep 06
I don't believe this at all. I wanted a bowlegged child. I have a bangbang kid. Knock kneed. I held her up to stand plenty of times. She was in her walker just to sit and play with those toys. If this were true she would not be banging her knees. i also was told to rub her legs for an hour with loting ot get them straight or at least not bang.. The only thing I did was make them soft and smoothe..
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@sweetcakes (3506)
• United States
22 Sep 06
not really Most young children's legs are bowed (genu varum) and usually straighten out by the time they are two to three years old without treatment. You should discuss it with you doctor if the bowing is severe or only involves one of his legs. Bowed legs, especially if it is one sided, can rarely be caused by other medical problems, including trauma to the growing bones, infection, tumors, metabolic disorders, and skeletal problems. Your doctor may consider doing x-rays if any of these conditions are suspected. You can consider taking a picture of your child standing every few months to observe the legs straightening out and reassure yourself that your child is growing normally.
@remaster74 (4067)
• Greece
21 Sep 06
I have a son that he is now 2 1/2 years old. He started walking when he was 3 1/2 months old. His legs now are just fine. My son never crowled. He stoop up from day one. I think that all these are prejudices. Thebowlegged chiled is dued to the overweight, or the pulling by the legs of the child and have the connections loose. I think you have to let your child free. The only think that you have to keep in mind is the fact that if the baby falls she will be frightened. Try to make her understand that falling is normal. One case is to start falling yourself and seem to enjoy it.
• Japan
21 Sep 06
I haven't. No wonder I am bowlegged, lol.
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21 Sep 06
I've heard the first bit, but not attatched to bowlegged, bowlegged as far as I know is because the folded position in the uterus when they was growing. Nine months isn't right either as I was walking at six months! I think very young baby's shouldn't be 'held to put weight on their legs' when they are young, simply because their legs don't have the strength to do it just yet.
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• United States
23 Sep 06
My mom said that too