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A child’s development milestones are essential for parents to analyze because in these stages a child undergoes changes in physical, mental and cognitive development.
As parents, it is crucial to give your baby opportunities to sit upright independently as it requires strength and patience. With time and adequate practice, a baby can achieve the skill of sitting upright independently.
Parents Can Help Promote Independent Sitting By-
- Give your child plenty of trial-and-error practice by allowing them to explore and experiment with different approaches to grow familiarity with their body movements.
- Encourage tummy time by placing the baby on their belly to encourage them or to lift their head to look around. This process develops neck and upper body strength to help the babysit without support.
- While keeping the baby on the lap, parents can slowly rock back and forth to encourage the baby to keep their upper body aligned with their lower body.
- Rather than placing your baby in seat positioners, give your baby more time on the floor to foster independence. Inculcate floor play in the baby’s routine at least 2 or 3 times per day with age-appropriate toys.
- Engage your baby in activities such as reading, singing, or games by keeping your baby on your lap or between your legs on the floor.
- When the baby is around 7–9 months old, try placing your baby on the floor and holding their back up straight while reading to improve their muscle control and coordination.
- Once the baby is a bit independent, allow your baby to practice on the floor under your supervision. For safety, place pillows or other padding all around them during practice.
What Is The Right Age For Babies To Start Sitting Up On Their Own?
A baby may begin sitting up with some assistance within 4–6 months of age. After 9 months, a baby should be able to get sit independently without any support. However, it is important to remember that every baby develops and grows at their own respective pace hence some babies develop this particular skill earlier or later than average.
Before Learning To Sit Up Without Help, A Baby Goes Through The Development Stages In This Timeline-
- Around 2 months, the baby can hold their head up for short periods and look around.
- In 4 months, the baby can hold their head steadily without any support.
- By 6 months, the baby can sit up with some assistance.
Since babies develop skills at their respective speeds, there are cases when a baby is unable to sit independently due to delayed motor skills.
Signs Parents Should Watch For Delayed Motor Skills
- Stiff or tight muscles
- Floppy movements
- Lack of strong head control
During independent sitting-up practices, the baby must be under the supervision of their parent or caregiver to avoid accidents.
Comparing your baby’s milestone stages with other babies isn’t ideal because every baby develops at a different pace.
In usual cases, a baby first gets accustomed to sitting with the assistance of a parent or caregiver at 4–6 months, and by 9 months, the baby can sit without help.
If you are concerned about your baby’s development, it is advised to consult a doctor to monitor the baby’s developmental phases.