5 Tips to Teach A Baby to Sit Up Independently (Including When Do Babies Sit Up)

You are going to know what age babies typically start sitting independently and, most importantly, five key activities that you can do with your baby. Right now to help them learn to sit independently.

So babies learn to sit up independently anywhere from six to nine months of age and generally there's a natural progression. They will go through.So. Firstly, before your baby can sit independently. They need to have sufficient head control, So they need to be able to hold their head. Upright, without any support from you Once they've got head control, they're then able to start sitting with support from you, either at their rib cage and as they get stronger, it'll move to their mid torso and then at their hips and then once they've got that trunk Control you'll be able to move your hands away completely and your baby might be able to sit propping up on toys or using their arms and placing them on the ground to prop themselves up into sitting.And. Then their muscles continue to get to get stronger and then they're able to see independently where they don't need to use their arms to help them prop up into sitting, and they start reaching out with that arm as they reach their body adjust to that change. In balance and then they're able to coordinate their muscles to bring them back up into sitting,

So once your baby has good head control, so they can hold their head out without your support. Then you can start working on developing their sitting skills by practicing these different sitting positions.So. The first position you can do is when you're holding your baby in sitting when they're, either on your lap or when you're sitting on the floor and they're on your lap. In that position you can provide support to them at the ribcage and then, as they get stronger, you start to move your hands down their torso so that it's just on the hips.What you can do once they're just requiring support at their hips is start to gently And slowly tilt their body to the side very slightly and then you'll notice that your baby will kind of activate those side muscles and bring them back up into sitting. So it's helping to continue to strengthen those muscles that are required to bring them back up into midline. Another sitting position you can do with your baby is when you're sitting on the floor with them. You can place them in between your legs, so your legs are out straight and then you place your baby in between your legs. When they're in this position and they're around that four months of age, you can provide additional support at the rib cage and then, as they get stronger, you start to lower those hands down to their hips, and then you remove those hands completely, and essentially your thigh Provides them with side support.

So as they start to lean to the side which they're going to do'cause they're still working on balance, they can use your thighs, so they'll put their arm on your thigh and then they'll help bring themselves back up into sitting.And as they get stronger. Still, you can move your legs further apart, so that your baby will have to do more adjustments, because they've got more flexibility in falling more to the side. Once your baby's able to see in between your legs, when you're sitting on the floor and they're just needing the support provided by your thighs, you can move to using a nursing, pillow or a Boppy pillow or some cushions that surround your baby when they're sitting.So. What you do is you place the nursing pillow on the ground, then you place your baby in between that curve, and essentially the nursing pillow provides your baby with support, particularly when they're going to fall to the side. It gives them something to fall onto, But the other thing is, as they lean to the side. They might be able to use their arms to prop themselves up on that cushioning to bring themselves back up into midline And the next sitting position you can do with your baby is you can place a toy directly in between their legs? So in this video I've used a baby wipe dispenser, So you place it between their legs and then you help position their hands. On top of the toy, so that essentially they can prop themselves up. You might wan na put the pillows around their body so that if they do topple over there's that cushioning or the other option, if you don't wan na use a toy is that you can place your baby on the floor and then you put their hands on Their legs or on the ground directly on the ground so that they propping up at that point Now. The second tip is when you're practicing sitting with your baby. You want to do it for short, burst every wake period during the day.

And that's because sitting itself is really really difficult. It'S tiring for our babies. We want them to enjoy the activity, So you just do it for short bursts and then you go back to tummy time or lying on their back Now. You might feel like that's a lot of additional activities to do with your baby. I guarantee you it's not actually gon na. Be that hard to bring it into your day, because at some point in every waking period, you are going to be holding your baby in sitting either on your lap or on the ground.So. You just need to think about where you're placing your hands and that additional support you're providing a baby and, as they get stronger, start to move those hands down their body or completely off, so that they have to use those muscles to sit Now. The third tip is make sure you use toys or yourself to motivate your baby to practice.

The skill of sitting As I said, sitting is really really hard, So we use toys or yourself to make sure that they're happy when they're practicing this.What you could do is you could place the toys directly in front so they can prop themselves up in sitting or the other thing is That you could place a toy at eye level, so that encourages them to look up when they're sitting They're, not necessarily gon na, be reaching out and grabbing toys initially, because it's very hard. So if you have it at eye level, that encourages them to look up and try and straighten that back.

Tip four is to encourage lots of tummy time and giving your baby the opportunity to play when lying on their back Now. That'S because these two activities continue to provide an opportunity for your baby to develop the underlying muscle, strength and control required for sitting. So tummy time allows your baby to develop the extensor muscles, so their back muscles their neck muscles and then increase shoulder stability, which is all required for sitting, and the other thing is when they lying on their back. What that helps is when they're lifting their legs? It activates their core, so their tummy muscles and when they're reaching out for toys, they're working on their chest and shoulder muscles.So, we know that for sitting your baby needs to coordinate the front part of their body, so their shoulder and their chest in their tummy muscles. With their back muscles and their back shoulder muscles to sit upright, So we wan na provide an opportunity to develop those muscles.

And the fifth tip that often parents forget to do is when your baby is going from the ground into sitting. You need to show them how to do that movement. So don't ever pull your baby up from lying into sitting by holding on to their arms and pulling them up.If. You want more information on that check out my video, which I've done, which outlines why you shouldn't do that. But what you should be doing is helping them, learn the movement required to go from lying into sitting and from sitting into lying. So you do that. Every time you're bringing your baby up into sitting and when you're moving them out of sitting.

This also provides another opportunity to strengthen those muscles. The other reason you want to help them learn this transition movement from lying to sitting and sitting to lying is because it will ensure your baby doesn't get stuck in sitting so that when they're sitting babies just staying in sitting, they don't move out of that position, Which makes it difficult to progress on to crawling So they're the activities that you can do to help your baby learn to sit.

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