When Can 10 Baby Sitting Practices Be Applied

When Can Teach Your Baby Sit

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.

Move baby

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.

Roll

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.

Cycling

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.

Practice squat

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.

Consult pediatrician

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.

My Favorite Ever Fall Mantle

My Favorite Ever Fall MantleI think, in the almost three years of my children’s lives, we have collectively done about five crafts.  And I’m okay with that.

It’s not that I don’t see the value in doing crafts with my children.  It’s not that I don’t love the finished product when curious and growing little fingers explore with some paint.  It’s not that I don’t hope for them to appreciate or participate in the arts one day.

I do.

Rather, in all the running around, cooking, feeding, bottom wiping, music class attending, library trips, story times, vacuuming (sometimes), and “no not now sweetie, Mommy is busy” excuses, we just haven’t done too many crafts.

Plus, the thought of getting out all the things for the approximately two minutes that they will be interested and then cleaning up the mess that was made for approximately twenty minutes (during those two minutes of exploration)  just…well, is somehow less than motivating.

I see so many pinable crafts on Pinterest and so many moms on Facebook with their kids and crafts, and I think…”Oh, how awesome.  We need to do more crafts.”  But then, we just don’t do it.

Maybe it’s also due to the fact that I am not what you would call a “crafty” person.  At all.  While I can totally appreciate a good craft,  I cannot actually “do” a good craft.  Yes, I am craft deficient even despite the artistic gene my art major of a mother surely passed down to me.  Maybe someday it will decide to express itself.

Maybe when the twins are 21 I’ll take a painting class.

But I’ve decided that I’m going to let myself off the hook on this one.  I used to feel guilty that we were not finger painting and glitter throwing designing daily.  I think I even blogged about the one or two crafts we actually managed to pull off, as if I had to prove (to myself?) that I could do it all.

But I’ve decided instead to appreciate the fact that I actually cannot do it all and to be thankful for the village that helps me fill in the gaps.

So this is why I appreciate this mantle.

You see, I did not do a single one of these awesome creations with my children.  Instead, we proudly display the montage of art that comes home with them from preschool and Sunday school each week.

So, yes, this is my favorite ever fall mantle.

Because not only does it proudly display the beautiful crafts my little Picassos have created, but it also reminds me how thankful I am for their preschool and Sunday school teachers who do actually do these crafts.  (And they do these crafts not only with my children, but will all the children…two and three-year-olds mind you.)  They deserve a medal.

Simply put, this display is a reminder that I cannot do it all by myself.  And in accepting that fact, my mantle has become as beautiful as it has ever been.

Dear Lord, 

Thank you for the gifts you give each one of us.  Help me to appreciate and nurture the gifts you have given me, to accept that I cannot do it all, and to always appreciate the gifts you have given to others.  Help us to recognize and use our gifts to enrich the lives of one another each day. Amen.

Does my use of my time show what is important to me?

I am a mother of 3: a five-year old, a three-year old, and a four-month old.  Sometimes, I wonder where all my time goes.  I think most of it ends up in the hours of folding and putting away laundry.  As I try to figure out how to manage my time with a semi-new baby in the family, I often feel like I get nothing done.

Even though I feel like I have no time, my husband and I have found some hours in our busy schedules to coordinate Financial Peace University class.  In the class, participants learn about budgeting their money, making smart purchases, and saving for their futures.  This may seem like a whopping subject change, but there is a point.  When you make a budget, Dave Ramsey has you classify your spending to show you where you spend your money.  If you have never done it, I truly encourage you to do it.  It is eye-opening to see how much money you spend on food, eating out, and other frivolous expenses.  Dave talks about where you spend your money shows what your values are.  That is a powerful statement and so true. So I began to wonder: If where I spend my money is a powerful statement of what I value, can the same be said about my time?

Where do I spend my time?  I realized that too often I find myself getting caught in the trap of saying, “I don’t have time for that.” As I thought about it more, I realized that phrase was an excuse.  I have been given a set number of hours in my day. I can fill my day with doing things of value or waste them doing things that don’t matter.  When I said, “I don’t have time for that” what I really meant “That is not a priority to me.” Whether it be at this point in time, today, tomorrow, or ever.

My husband and I recently came up with a Top 5 list to help us think through a tough decision of where to live.  It’s the top 5 areas in our life that are the most important to us.   What were those top five things?  1. Financial Freedom 2. Family  3. Church 4. Friends 5. Cost of Living (A side note:  As a Christian woman, you think I should put God as number one, but part of the reason goes like this.  #3 is more of indication of our role in our church home factors in our life.  If we don’t have financial freedom and aren’t debt free, we will never get to enjoy our family like we want to.  We will never to give to our church like we want to.  We will never get to share in experiences with our friends like we want to.  God definitely has a presence in all of these parts.  God is not ranked as number 3.)

If these are the Top 5 things in my life that are important to me, then I shouldn’t be wasting my time on Facebook or playing Candy crush.  Even though I do admit I love those things and they may have their place in my life, they shouldn’t consume me.  Cleaning isn’t in my top five, although I do spend a lot of time doing it.  But I find myself telling my children, “I can do that after I finish this” or “I can’t do that right now” when they want me to do something for them or play with them.  I need to remember: My children are in my Top 5 not cleaning.  Maybe that revelation should tell me where I should spend my time.

While my kindergartener was at school this past week, my three-year old asked me if I would help him make a helicopter show.  I had three huge baskets of laundry staring me in the face with another two large hampers of dirty laundry waiting to be done.  I told him, “I would love to play, but mommy needs to take a shower first.”  (What was I telling him? Playing is not my priority.  Mommy’s cleanliness is.)  After my shower, I let the baby have some time on his play mat, and I focused all my attention on my three-year old.

This was the scene.  I was told we were going to make a helicopter show.  I was completely confused, as I had no clue as to what a helicopter show was or even looked like.  I decided to let go and let his imagination take me away.  I was given a very detailed explanation of where the blocks should go.

As the show started to take place this was the scene.

Does my use of my time show what is important to me?

And by the end, this was our creation.Does my use of my time show what is important to me?

What a blessing to be taken out of my rigidity of cleaning and housework to spend some time just playing. (I admit, though; I still felt guilty.)  I know it is important to play with my kids, but sometimes I get carried away with all the other things bombarding me in life that I forget what is really important.  I forget what means the most for me is where I should spend my time.

~Colleen

So my prayer for this week:

Dear God,

Help me to learn what is truly valuable to me.

Help to me to make time for things that are a priority to me.

Help me to find balance.

Thank you for the moments of imagination, creativity, and play.

Let me be a good steward of time so I can complete your good works.

In Jesus’ name we pray,

The Giving Game

Following the sermon on generosity Sunday, I found myself reflecting quite a bit on how we are called as parents to give.  Without ceasing.  Every day.  How often do we feel drained at the end of the day because we have given and given and given. We often feel that there is not enough to go around.

Anyone else feel like it’s a continuous game of “zone” defense?   You know, when the giver is often outnumbered by the takers?

What…you don’t have little takers running around the house?

Mama, I need milk.
Mama, up?
Mama, need napkin.
Mama, need ‘nuggles? (Ok, so this one doesn’t count as “taking”…am I right?)
Mama….waaaawaawaw!!!!  I got ooowwie!!!
Mama, brother needs time out!
Mama, do puzzles?
Mama, I like watch songs?
Mama, let’s do “Happy Day” again?
Mama, I tired.
Mama…

…and the list goes on.

One morning this week, it felt like an hour from the time I got the boys up, changed their diaper, negotiated clothing options, put on chosen attire, loaded up the cadre of stuffed animal friends and blankies, carried our seriously tough looking posse down the stairs, flipped on Curious George, cut up the bananas, toasted the waffles, chose the correct colored plates and character-themed milk cups, rinsed the blueberries, selected the yogurt flavor of the day, called the crew up to the breakfast table, snapped them in, pushed them in, presented 3 different spoon options…to the time I finally sat down to a quick bite of banana for myself.

Of course, the exact moment my rear hit the seat…

Mama, I need more milk?

Deep breath.

You need more milk _____ ? 

Peees. Definitive nod.

Ok, sweetie. Just a minute.

How often do we give so much of ourselves as parents that we forget to nourish ourselves.  I will be the first to admit I do not always give with joy and gratitude in my heart every.single.minute.  It is hard.  I’m often exhausted.  I often want to throw a pity party for myself.

I remember talking to a dear friend shortly after my boys were born.  She had just had her third child, and I had just gone from exactly zero to two.  I was overwhelmed and trying to pick her brain to see how she managed with three.  She told me something that still resonates with me…

The first child is the hardest.  That is when you learn to become a parent.  You learn to be selfless.  The rest are a piece of cake after that.

Two-and-a-half years later, I think it’s safe to say I’m still working on that selfless thing.

So, I’m grateful for the current sermon series on generosity.  I know I need this reminder of the connection between a parent’s love for a child and God’s love for all of us.  Maybe for some of us, it is when we constantly give of ourselves to our children that we come closest to mirroring God’s love for us.  (Talk about zone defense. I think two-on-one at times is tough!) 

And, while my kids are just toddlers and rarely sit me down to express their most sincere thanks for a perfectly toasted waffle, I imagine that, for most of us, our generosity goes without thanks many days.  Perhaps we, as adults, can do a better job of being grateful for the constant giving we receive.   Maybe that gets us one step closer to that “selfless” thing.  One step at a time.

Dear Lord, Thank you for always giving.  Help us to pass along your Gift to others in our life.  Amen. 

~Holli

For the Love of Candy

My children got a lot of candy this past Easter.

A. lot.

They got candy at the church Easter egg hunt. They got candy from the Easter Bunny. They got candy from their uncle and from loved ones we consider family. They got candy from their grandparents. To be honest, it’s way too much candy.

After the Easter festivities, I caught a glimpse into the secret world of grandmothers. My mother was recalling a telephone conversation she had with a fellow grandmother and friend. The friend asked my mom, “Does Kathy allow you to give your granddaughters candy?” While I inwardly cringed every time my kids came home with more candy, I realized there’s a bigger picture to be seen.

When it is not Easter, Christmas, or their birthdays, I monitor how much candy my children eat. Before they get dessert, they know they have to finish the vegetables and protein on their plate. They get plenty of exercise and drink water or milk. I’m trying to teach and model for the kids about balance, moderation, and being strong and healthy.

But in those special moments when my girls get boat loads of candy from family and friends, I remember that this is how they show my kids that they are loved. It’s not that candy = love. It’s in the giving of the candy that my girls are being shown that they are loved.

In fact, eating is the first way a baby learns to be loved, nurtured, and cared for. Feeding a child is the first way the parents show their love. The baby learns to trust from the simple act of being fed. Gayle Felton writes, “For [a baby], the connection between being loved and being given food and drink is real.”[1]

We, too, experience that connection between being loved and being given food and drink when we take communion. We participate in a sacred tradition in which we remember Jesus’ sacrificial love for us. We experience God’s grace and forgiveness. We are nourished by the bread and wine and sent out into the world to share God’s transforming love with our neighbors. In the United Methodist tradition we celebrate an open communion table. ALL are invited and that includes children! They might not understand what communion is all about, and to be honest, I don’t exactly either; it is a holy mystery! But what children can understand is the connection between the breaking of the bread, the drinking of the wine, and the experience of love.

So back to my mom’s friend’s question: “Does Kathy allow you to give your granddaughters candy?” My answer is a big, loud YES because I know that is how our extended family and loved ones show their love to my two biggest blessings. And I wouldn’t want to deprive anyone of that.

Sing like {Your Kids} are Listening

We all know the expression, “Dance like nobody’s watching…”  I image if singing were included in that call to confidence, we’d all sing like we were in the shower, right?

Well, here is the problem.  I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

Now, I’m not saying I’d make the highlights of American Idol (you know, as one who is reeeaaally, really bad), but I have a range of about 3 notes.  And that’s pushing it.

Even Twinkle Twinkle Little Star spans 5 notes, (6 if you want to hit the “high” note) so you see what we’re dealing with here.

Thankfully, each week, the boys and I load up and head off to toddler music class.  While I’m not sure that I can be helped, the wonder and amazement on their faces each week tells me that they are soaking those melodies right up…and loving it.  I’m just grateful that they can hear the songs the way the are supposed to sound.

Don’t get me wrong, I sing too.  Usually loud and proud.

You see, one of the greatest things that I have learned from music class is that, to my kids, my voice is golden.  Maybe that’s just what our beloved music teacher tells all the parents to help boost our confidence, but I believe it.  I believe my 3 notes are music to their ears, at least.

So, when my boys sweetly beg for me to “Sing? Sing?” while reading our favorite Somewhere Over the Rainbow book, I do.  It’s not pretty.  (Is it just me, or is that song a little more challenging than my range can handle?)  But, I do it.  I do it because I love the way they look at me when I do.  And, I do it because I really love the sound of their voices when they chime in with me.

In my dreams, I sound like Katharine McPhee when I sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ms. Becky when I sing This Little Light of Mine, or Pastor Sherry when I sing Jesus Loves Me or Oh, Happy Day!.

And, maybe…just maybe…to my kids’ ears, I do.

Dear God, thank you for the reminder that our children’s gifts may not be our own.  Help us to let them soar regardless of our own inhibitions in life.  Amen.

Family Prayer

Family PrayerLately, my 5 year old has gotten quite creative with our dinner prayer time.  She has led us in rousing renditions of Vacation Bible School songs complete with hand motions (and don’t even think about skipping a verse, missy!) and has even relayed a very long list of blessings that her favorite stuffed animal apparently whispered in her ear.  We, of course, encourage her to give thanks for all that we have in whatever way appeals to her in the moment, since I think it’s *pretty* safe to say God doesn’t care what form our prayers take.  But saying grace before meals hasn’t always been so…um, eclectic.

We started saying a prayer before dinner with our older daughter when she was about 3 years old.  We decided to use the kid-friendly prayer that my husband’s family said when he was young:

I thank the Lord for this bright day,

Parents, food, sleep and play.

Thanks for blessings large and small.

We could never count them all.  Amen.

I like this prayer because it encompasses all the important things in a young child’s life:  wake up, eat, play, spend time with family, repeat!  I also like that it introduces the idea that blessings come in all shapes and sizes and that we truly have so much for which to be thankful.  Another plus:  it was very easy for her to learn since it has a nice, bouncy beat and rhyming words.

Flash forward a couple years, and we now have our one year old participating in prayer time as well.  Right now, she only clasps her hands together and doesn’t always make it to the end of her older sister’s sometimes lengthy blessings without starting in on her food, but I look forward to the day not far down the road when she’ll join her sweet voice in the above prayer…and let us know what her stuffed animals are thankful for as well!

Note:  The prayer above was handed down orally in my husband’s family.  After a quick Google search, I was unable to find a source to site.  If anyone knows where this prayer originated, please let us know and we’ll include that information here!