When babies start sitting
How you can help your baby to sit?
Suspecting and development delay if baby aren’t sitting after 9 month old?
Your baby may be able to sit up as early as 5-6 with a little help getting into the position. Sitting independently is a skill that many babies master between 7 to 9 month of age.
What to do to help baby sit:
Practice makes perfect, so giving your baby opportunities to sit upright may help them gain the strength to sit independently.
Sitting independently requires controlled weight shifts from left, right, forward, and backward. This means it takes a lot of strength and practice moving in all those different directions to get it right.
To help your baby learn to sit up:
1. Give your child plenty of trial-and-error practice. Stay close by, but let them explore and experiment with different approaches and their own body movements. If you have a maid or over caring relatives - ask them to give more “floor time” to baby, rather “hands time”.
2. More time on the floor may help increase this independence over placing your baby in seat positioners. Aim for lots of floor play, with age-appropriate toys.
3. Sit your baby on your lap or between your legs on the floor. You can read them books, sing songs, and try different movement games.
4. Once they’re a bit more independent, place pillows or other padding all around them while you supervise them practicing on the floor.
What if baby not sitting by 9 month old?
If your baby isn’t sitting on their own by age 9 months, contact your pediatrician. Development varies from baby to baby, but this may be a sign of a gross motor skill delay.
Other possible signs of motor delay include:
• stiff or tight muscles
• floppy movements
• only reaches with one hand over another
• does not have strong head control
• does not reach or bring objects to mouth