Icelandic babies have miffed scientists by being able to stand at less than four months old—breaking previous records by five months.
The discovery was made at a baby swimming course (weird) in Iceland, where little Eva and pals managed to stand way before what was thought possible.
The babies learned these mad skills by standing on Snorri Magnússon’s hand, a sports teacher who leads the classes for infants. The findings smash previous records which had shown that babies could first stand at 9 months old.
“The results are sensational compared to what we normally expect of children at this age”, Professor Hermundur Sigmundsson from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology wrote in a press release. He has since used the discovery in his research on child development.
In the study, 11 out of 12 babies stood on their own for 15 seconds.
“On average, the children were 4.3 months old when they learned to stand without support. The youngest was only 3.6 months old.” said Sigmundsson. “Children can do more than we think.”