Sitting is a milestone in the development process of the baby. Please apply 10 ways to practice sitting baby to support this process offline.
Just a few months ago, she still could not move without your support. He can’t even keep his head straight. But now, the baby has started trying to sit without support. You do not know how to help your baby? Please see the following article.
How to practice sitting for babies?
There are 3 stages to practice babysitting:
Phase 3 – 4 months
Your baby’s head and neck muscles will grow faster and more firmly. As a result, your child will learn to hold up and hold his head while flipping. They will then try to use their arms to lift them and keep their breasts from touching the floor. These simple movements will help your baby’s muscles grow healthy.
Phase 5 – 6 months
At this time, the baby has enough strength to push his body up to be able to sit. Initially, without support, the baby can only sit for a while. However, soon, your child will find a way to maintain balance when sitting by slightly leaning forward with one or two hands on the ground. This will help you are babysitting for a long time without falling.
Phase 7 – 9 months
Your baby can sit still without support. The neck and back muscles also become stronger. The baby is still developing. At 9 months, babies can move from lying to sitting posture without support. Also, when sitting in your hand, you can freely swing and explore, at this time your child will learn to manage to reach for things that he likes while sitting.
Your baby will be stable when they are 1 year old and at this time you do not need to support anything. At this age, your baby is also ready to learn to walk. Therefore, sitting has become a lot simpler.
Does the baby learn to sit in front or learn to crawl?
Babies will learn to sit in the 6th month and learn to crawl by the 9th month. Learning to sit will help them learn to crawl more easily because it helps to strengthen muscles.
How to teach your baby to sit?
Babies can only sit when the muscles are fully developed. Therefore, you cannot force your baby to learn to sit too early. However, you can help your baby’s muscles get used to sitting postures so that learning to sit becomes easier when the body is ready.
Encourage your baby to lie on his stomach and explore
The first step to getting a perfect sitting posture is to practice keeping your head steady. The best way to do this is to strengthen your neck and back muscles while lying on your stomach. Lay your baby on his stomach and put his favorite toy in front of him. Encourage your child to look at toys by raising their heads. When your baby has done, repeat this gesture. This will help your baby balance her weight when sitting. Also, hide toys and let them see, they will try to lift their bodies to find toys.
The way for your baby to get used to the movement is to practice it for him. Hold your baby and help him roll gently on a soft surface (mattress, blanket). This will help guide your baby’s movement.
Make a baby seat
When your baby is 6 months old, you can teach him to sit through fake sitting sessions by turning your body into a recliner. Put your favorite toys on the carpet, then let your baby sit on your lap and play with toys. This will help strengthen the back muscles and get used to the feeling of sitting.
Use your baby’s curiosity
By 9 months, your baby can sit firmly. This is the time to encourage your baby to sit as much as possible. To do this, put new toys around so that your baby can get while sitting. You can also sit next to and play with your baby.
Build up the muscles
Any movement of the body involves the muscles. If your baby’s muscles grow well, he will learn to sit faster. Massage your baby often and play some simple exercises to increase the strength of the muscles. Besides, activities like crawling, rolling, and lying on your stomach are natural ways to help your baby strengthen muscles. Encourage your baby to practice as much as possible to learn to sit easier.
5 exercises to help your child learn to sit
Find the shaking drum
Age: 4 months
Method: This is a simple exercise when your baby is prone. Lay your baby on his stomach and let the drum shake in his sight. When your baby has moved the head in the right direction to make the sound, move to another position to move her head.
Benefits: Train neck and back muscles. Also, the baby can use two arms to move the body, so it also helps strengthen the shoulder muscles.
Practice tummy tuck
Age: 4 months (when your baby can lift their head)
How to practice: Put your baby on the foot in the opposite direction. Hold your baby’s hand and gently pull your baby up and down like a belly-up. Move your baby up and down gently. At practice, you can make some funny sounds such as counting.
Benefits: Helps strengthen back and abdominal muscles. This is essential when your baby learns to sit.
Age range: 6 months
How to practice: Put baby on his back, then put the toy in front of him and slowly move it to the side so that he is still monitoring the toy. Once you’ve put the toy aside, encourage him to take it. At this age, most babies know how to roll. So your baby will try to roll to get closer and observe the toy more closely. Repeat this exercise often, especially when your baby is awake.
Benefits: Help strengthen back muscles to help children learn to sit faster.
Age range: 6 months
How to practice: Put baby on a soft surface. Gently hold and raise the baby’s feet, then perform a bicycle-like movement. Make some funny sounds to attract your baby’s attention. Rest for a few seconds after 5 sets of exercise.
Benefits: Strengthens leg muscles.
Age: 8 months
How to practice: Put your baby in a sitting position, hold his hand, and gently lift him. Repeat 3-4 times, then rest for a few seconds before repeating.
Benefits: Help the back, abdominal, and thigh muscles be stronger. By 8 months, the baby was able to sit down and began to learn to stand.
Note: The baby’s body is very fragile. Therefore, you only perform these movements when you are sure that will not hurt the baby. Besides, you also need to take precautions to ensure the safety of your baby.
Things to note when teaching your baby to sit
Respect your baby’s natural development process
You should not give your baby solid foods before he is one year old, nor should he teach him to sit before he enters an appropriate developmental stage. Babies only learn to sit when their heads have been raised and the best time for them to learn to sit is 6 months. If the baby sits too early, it will cause bad effects on the baby’s development.
Do not use a baby seat or walker
A baby seat is a plastic chair with a bar in the middle. Its purpose is to help children learn to sit and sit for a long time. And the walker looks like a pedestrian but it stands still.
Baby seats and walkers do not bring many benefits to the baby. They are even harmful. When you put your baby in a chair, he or she may be sitting in the wrong position, adversely affecting development. There are also some cases of babies falling while sitting in a chair.
Experts object to the use of babysitting chairs because they can deform the body. This chair makes babies sit still and limit the exploration of the world around them. Therefore, respect your baby’s development and let your child learn to sit naturally.
Always observe baby
He still doesn’t sit until he is 2-3 years old. This means that when your baby is sitting, you should also pay close attention to your baby carefully because they can fall at any time. Therefore, always pay attention to the baby to ensure safety.
Sitting in a W position: Besides, you should also pay attention to the baby’s sitting position. The W sitting position may harm physical development. Babies under 11 months old usually sit in this position. Sitting in a W-style is a type of sitting on the floor with legs facing back, knees bent and feet facing out. Sitting this way for a long time will affect your hip muscles, knee joints, and upper body muscles. If you see your babysitting in this position, adjust the position immediately. The most comfortable position is to let your baby sit with their legs stretched forward, straight or bent into an arbitrary circle.
If your baby can’t sit?
Some babies will be more retarded, but if they do not know how to sit until 9 months, take note of the following:
- If your baby is born prematurely, he’ll be more retarded than full-term babies. Your baby will miss some important development milestones and will reach them later.
- Babies who are infected or seriously ill in the first months of life will grow more slowly than other babies. Babies may be slow to develop skills such as rolling, crawling, sitting … If completely cured, they will gradually develop according to their progress.
The alarming signs
If your baby is not born prematurely and does not have an infection but still cannot sit, then you must consider the following:
- Does your baby lift his or her head upon her stomach or do she only lift her face and not move her head anymore.
- Your baby cannot roll even after 6 months. To the basic movements that your baby also needs your support.
- Babies can not crawl even after 9 months.
- Unable to crawl and stand even if supported by age 1.
- Do not know to go after 18 months.
If your baby has the above symptoms, you should visit and consult a pediatrician. Usually, the inability to sit often comes with many other problems. Therefore, take note of your baby’s important development milestones and discuss them with your doctor at every regular check-up.
Remember that if your baby doesn’t know how to sit but still reaches other milestones, don’t worry. Do not “burn the stage”, if your baby does not know how to sit this month, they will be able to sit for the next months only.