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Myth Buster: Bowlegged Babies

[PURPLE_TEXT_BOLD {What you've heard:}] If your baby learns to walk by stepping between your legs, she'll end up bowlegged.

[PURPLE_TEXT_BOLD {The truth:}] "Most babies are bowlegged at first," says Lucy Crain, M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco. "Their legs straighten out after they walk independently for about six months."

Even so, the between-the-legs approach isn't ideal. If your child falls while you're holding her hands, she could hurt herself, and even dislocate an elbow.
[BR ] When she's ready, she'll start to pull herself up on the furniture and creep along sideways; you just need to make sure whatever she "cruises" along is sturdy. A big round of applause helps, too.

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