Learning to sit up is an important milestone in the first year of your baby’s life. It makes it easier for them to explore the world around them.
It also marks a transition to the activities your child can do now. But when can babies sit up? This article will focus on this important milestone and give you some simple tips to help you know what to look for.
When will my baby sit up?
If you have children or have been around other babies, you know that no two babies develop at the same rate. Some babies are quiet from the start, and some aren’t. Similarly, babies reach milestones at different speeds.
However, most babies start sitting up unaided between 7 and 9 months, but they start trying a few weeks or months earlier.
Here are some signs that your baby may be getting ready to reach this important milestone.
Signs that your baby is getting ready to sit up
Sitting up is on the list of things your baby will do in the first year. However, before they can sit up on their own, they must have developed some gross motor skills. This means that their muscles must be strong enough to allow them to sit up.
Developing gross motor skills happens gradually and includes the following developments. For example, your baby
– Will develop good head control. For most babies, this happens around 4 months.
– Will learn to push on their hands and feet. For example, when lying on their play mats, they will try to pull themselves up by pushing on their hands and feet.
– Will learn to maintain balance, which is important for sitting.
– May begin to roll over.
– May be able to sit with support.
As your baby approaches the sitting milestone, he or she will have even more developed gross motor skills. They will be able to stay in a sitting position for longer periods of time and will probably be able to roll from their back to their tummy and from their tummy to their back.
So you’ve noticed your baby trying to sit up and you’re wondering how to help? Here are two simple things you can do to help your baby develop the skills needed to sit up.
2 things you can do to help your baby sit up
The more your baby plays games that require him to be active, the more he will strengthen the muscles he needs to sit up. The most important thing at this stage is to make sure they have plenty of opportunities that will help them gain the strength to sit up.
You can also encourage them to stretch and practice moving in different directions by placing their favorite toys a short distance away and encouraging them to reach for them.
This is why tummy time, several times a day, is so important. It can help your baby develop the muscles he or she needs to eventually sit up on their own.
2) Give your baby opportunities to sit upright
Once your baby can support her head on her own, you can help her practice sitting up by placing her on your lap during playtime or even between your legs.
These are good positions because you can support her head and back. Placing pillows around them, under your supervision, is also an easy way to help them practice. Remember that you can also use pillows as props.
If your baby can hold her head, you can also help her practice by making a game of pulling her up into a sitting position, but don’t overdo it.
Practicing sitting up for about five minutes at a time, a few times a day, is enough practice for your baby.
My baby is not sitting up, should I be worried?
Different babies reach developmental milestones at different times, as mentioned earlier. Some are in a hurry, while others prefer to take their time.
It is normal to be concerned if your child shows no signs of sitting up on his or her own as the one-year mark approaches.
If your baby is unable to sit up at 9 months, even with support, you should make an appointment with your pediatrician. Although rare and cause for concern, developmental problems caught early are easier to treat.
Actually, few developmental delays warrant concern because the majority of babies with delays eventually catch up. Here is a free guide to the delays you should be concerned about.