One of the major anticipations of every parent, in the first year, is to witness the little bundle sit up by herself. Heres what you must know about the baby sitting stages and how you can help in your babys sitting milestone.
Last Updated: 22 October 2020
It will not be a random day when your baby would sit up on the floor. She is going to try pushups for several days before she learns to sit. Sooner or later, when the age is appropriate, your baby is going to feel accomplished when she finally manages to sit upright by herself. Learn what happens until then in the baby sitting stages and what you can do to encourage her to sit up.
When do babies learn to sit up?
Your baby will begin to learn to sit by 4 months. She should be able to sit without support by 6 months and sit unsupported by 8 months. It demands strength in the neck muscles and back and a sense of balance to be able to sit upright. Allow her to learn her own natural way until then.
From birth to sitting-up: What are the baby sitting stages?
Your newborn wiggles and jiggles her hands and legs in the air, marking one of the early instincts for movement. By the end of one month, when placed on her tummy, she can lift her chin off from the ground. In the next couple of months, your baby’s neck muscles continue to get stronger as her body prepares to gain steady head control.
By the third month, she can raise her head and legs from the floor while being on her tummy. As she picks up more muscle strength, your 4-month-old can amaze you by rolling over her tummy and back.
During her fifth and sixth months, she ventures to take mini-pushups, trying to balance her weight with her hands against the floor. Around 6 months, most babies can sit up with support by leaning forward with his hands touching the floor for support in a tripod position. By eight months, babies can sit upright without support though they may sometimes lose balance and fall over.
How to encourage your baby to sit up?
Learning to sit is a natural developmental process which doesn’t require specific intervention from parents. However, if you want to be an active participant in every move of the baby sitting stages, you can help your baby in the following ways:
- Give her the recommended tummy time. It can help her neck muscles to strengthen which is one of the preceding stages to sit up.
- While she is lying on the floor facing the floor, drive her attention so that she tries to lift her chin and head up. This exercise is again intended to strengthen her neck muscles. Take care not to overdo this exercise. Once or twice a day for a few seconds should do the trick.
- When she begins to sit in the tripod position, place toys at a distance where she needs to move in order to grab it. This can help her to remain a few seconds without hand support as she learns to balance.
- During the baby sitting stages, make sure to place enough cushiony support around her. Babies tend to fall off balance and fall on to the sides. It is advisable to keep an eye on her all the time to prevent falling down or injuries.
What if your baby has crossed six months of age, without showing signs of sitting-up?
If you notice no instinctive indication of her strength and balance to sit up, even after she turns one, it may sign a red flag which requires immediate medical attention.
If at all you feel troubled about your baby’s developmental milestones, remember that not all babies begin to sit up overnight. Their efforts to sit up pass through a learning curve over a period of time and the day you get to see your bundle sit up for the first time, could be just around the corner.
As infants figure out that there ought to be a better way to move from the sitting position, they lurch forward, supporting their bodies with the hands and come up on their knees. Once on all fours, they rock back and forth in the cat posture and intuit how to leap forward. Soon, they learn cross-crawling by coordinating one arm and one leg of the opposite sides in a forward movement, eventually reaching the crawling milestone.