When Do Babies Sit? (Exercise, Recommendation and Systematic Guidelines)
In the first months of your baby’s life, from an unusual perspective, begin to see everything around him. Almost all day long, he lies on his back looking at the ceiling, until you take him in your arms and he can see the other people in a more natural way. When your baby’s muscles are already stronger, the change begins; it is the moment, when he has the ability to lift his head. With your help, he will probably try to sit up, even if he ends up falling immediately. You should know that your baby’s muscles develop slowly, so you need to be very patient. When you least think about it, your baby has passed this stage and will be able to sit up without your help.
When your baby is sitting, he already has a new perspective on the world around him. When your neck and back muscles are strong enough to stand upright and your legs are positioned to stay seated, in less than you think, it will try to crawl, and then stand up, and finally walk. Keep reading so you know when your baby may be able to sit up.
Moment the baby sits
When your baby is 3 months old and experiences sitting, try to keep him in this position as much as possible. Finally, he manages to have the necessary strength to get up, although he still cannot balance to remain seated. Therefore, it is that your baby adopts the tripod pose.
Generally, between the fourth month and seven months of life, most babies try to sit alone. At this stage the back, leg and neck muscles are already developed and your baby can get up and keep the position, which fascinates him. This normally happens at 5 months of age, although some babies cannot sit up until 8 months. The baby begins to enjoy what she sees in her new posture, in addition to using her hands and arms freely. You can also reach and examine objects.
From the seventh month to 9 months of life, your baby can sit for a few minutes. After sitting still, your baby is close to starting to crawl. You just need to drop forward while sitting and place your hands to rest on the ground. Finally, when he manages to control his balance, he begins to move to crawl.
Recommendations for sitting your baby
For your baby, being able to sit without support represents an evolutionary step in the maturation of his muscles and in his motor coordination. You can make learning more enjoyable and simple by helping him and sharing some stimulation games and exercises with him so he can sit alone.
At 6 months he begins to sit it
From 6 months, you can start to sit your baby in your lap for a while, trying to keep him looking at you, with your hands you should try to hold his neck and back. You can sit it on you but facing forward, your baby’s back should remain resting on your chest. In both cases, your baby will feel safe and stable, and you will prevent him from adopting forced positions.
Sitting on the couch
Between 6 months and 12 months, you can sit your baby in a corner of the crib or sofa, but in an ergonomic seat (without cushions) to help him stay stable and seated. You should not leave him alone because he can easily lose his balance (remember he is learning) and get scared or fall. It is not advisable to use soft support cushions and pillows, due to the risk of forced postures that harm your back. Never force him to remain seated, if he is upset or tries to lie down.
Little by little, he remains seated
You will feel excited and proud to observe your baby’s accelerated progress: he can sit still for some time, provided he has firm support on his back. About 8 months, it no longer requires any support, as many times as you want you can lie down on your sides and forward, perfectly preserving stability.
When you take your baby out on the street, always remember to adjust the special chair for him and place it straight (it is no longer necessary to place it obtusely). In this way, you can see things around you from a different angle and unknown to him until now, you will be delighted with everything new you can see.
Games and exercises to keep baby sitting
Your support is vital so that the baby stays seated; they practice exercises and games together especially for it. Here are some games recommended by pediatric orthopedists, pediatricians and physical therapists:
Best Game: Up and Down
In your bed or on your blanket, lay the baby down and then take him by the hands, this way the baby will try to get up. When you manage to get up, return to the previous position and repeat the movement 3 or 4 times (if you notice that the baby is restless or tired, stop the exercise). This game will allow you to strengthen the abdominal area. You can also place it in the same position and show her favorite toy or rattle, a little away from her face. You will have to get up to take the toy.
Play with the baby on his back
It is also advisable that you place your baby lying on his back and gradually tip him from left to right and vice versa. Another way can be place the child lying on a towel and slowly start pulling the ends, letting it roll from one side to the other. By practicing this pleasant gymnastics daily and always respecting your individual rhythm of evolution, perfection and the progressive conquest of your new achievement, it will become a rewarding experience for both of you.
A toy for support
Already in a month, the baby can sit for several minutes without having to support his back, but to support himself on his hands he will need to stretch his arms forward. Sitting, you can turn your waist from left to right to pick up a toy of your liking, keeping your balance. Anyway, for greater security, place a rather large pillow behind the baby, to avoid hurting his head if he suddenly falls, remember that the back of the head is very prone to shocks.
Now you can sit, and then crawl, and finally you can walk
The previous step to be able to crawl is to be able to remain seated, remember that the crawling phase is essential for the development of the baby and will serve as preparation to walk better.
Is sitting earlier bad or good?
As you already know, every baby is different and the stages of development are not an exact rule. You don’t need to worry or feel anxious because your baby just doesn’t follow the sitting rule at the right time. It is normal that you worry and doubts arise in this regard.
The best thing you can do in this case is to have common sense to know how and when it is a problem. Our concern is focused on the fact that your back may be damaged. According to the theory, babies do not have enough back force, and flexible ligaments support their bones; any baby can sit so that the back is overloaded and subsequent damage occurs.
It is necessary to understand that for this to happen; the force of the baby’s weight must be intense. Poor posture sustained on a regular basis can cause some harm to the baby’s back. This is where the key lies: your baby performs many movements and maintains a single posture, especially if it causes discomfort, when there is something that requires him to keep it.
Your baby can sit without any pattern that makes it difficult for him to lie down if he feels uncomfortable; it is unlikely that any harm will be done to his back. The age of the baby is irrelevant. When the baby is uncomfortable, she will simply change her posture long before serious harm can be done.
Retention systems to seat the baby
When we talk about restraint systems, we refer to the devices where you place your baby in a certain position. The most used restraint systems or devices to seat a baby are:
When does your baby sit in the stroller?
At about six months, you can change the baby from the stroller to the stroller. In this way, your baby can be more incorporated, making at the time of the walk an ideal time to see and better enjoy the outside world. Try to keep the seat at a right angle, remember that this represents an important change for your baby’s life, with multiple benefits for its development and evolution.
Benefits for the baby when sitting
When your baby is sitting in the car, for example, the field of vision is wider and he can more easily see everything around him. Enhancing your ability to focus and focus, in addition to helping you strengthen and perfect your senses.
In this pose, your baby is more free to move and will have a more accurate idea of distances and sizes. Exposing your little one to these stimuli is a great way to stimulate his creativity and imagination, keep him entertained, and finally develop his intelligence.
If the chair is facing you, you can take the opportunity to tell him the name of the things they are observing, the route, which direction the bus is coming from, who is barking, etc. You will be able to teach her multiple words that the baby will file in her memory, later they will serve to simplify the speech process. By looking at his face, you can determine what scares him, what he enjoys, if he has a good time, if he is very tired, and then it is time to go home.
Is your baby ready to go to the stroller?
The benefits of the stroller are undeniable, as long as you do not rush into this novelty. If your baby goes to the chair prematurely, it may cause some damage to her back. Your child will be ready to use the stroller if he sits forward while sitting on your legs. You must remember that each baby is different and maintains an individual growth rate and this must be respected at all times. Although normally at 6 months, your baby can stay seated in the stroller.
Exercises to help strengthen your baby's back
At the end of the baby’s second trimester, pediatricians recommend practicing these exercises for 5 minutes daily.