Parents stunned as 'world's strongest baby' learns to stand up on her own at just 8 weeks old

Joanna Taylor
Monday 18 May 2020 16:45
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(SWNS)

Most babies can't stand up by themselves for at least six months, but baby Lula can already stand at just 15 weeks old.

Parents Tezra Finn-Johnson and Emily Derrick say that when they left the hospital with Lula, she could already support her own head.

They also joked that she might have been inspired by the strongman clips they watch on YouTube together.

Another factor could be her good muscle-to-weight ratio. When Lula was born on 31 January, she weighed just 5lbs 9oz, putting her weight in the lowest 5 per cent for babies her age.

Finn-Johnson told WalesOnline about the moment he realised his baby had developed the power of standing so rapidly.

When she was about a month old, she was having a tantrum and I tried to sit her on my knee to calm her. Instead of sitting down, she just stood on my knee and wouldn’t bend her legs. She did it a few more times later on in the weeks – eventually I thought, well if she can do it while she’s annoyed, maybe she can do it when she’s happy.

I tried to hold her and supported her, and she managed to take her own weight. Everyone seems to think that it’s unusual that she can hold herself up, even just sitting, let alone standing.

Finn-Johnson also did something many first-time parents would do: asked his Mum whether Lula's development was unusual. She confirmed that none of her four children were able to stand so quickly.

Lula's Mum, Emily Derrick, is pleased that her daughter can stand but doesn't want to see her grow up too quickly.

When I give her rattles and stuff to play with, she doesn’t seem young enough to want them.

She just seems a lot older than she actually is. I’m just like, oh don’t grow up yet!

The next step for Lula is literally her first step, which her parents say they're expecting to witness soon.

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