When Should Baby Sit Up; How Can You Help Them to Sit without support
Children grow and change much during their first few years. It is a great time to start tracking developmental milestones. Frequently asked questions in baby development include when should baby sit up. Wondering when your little one is ready to sit up on her own.
When your baby learns to sit up on its own, it is worth remembering. Sitting up lets the baby be more independent and provides a way to explore the world in a new way. The process of Sitting up straight on its own acts as a bridge between different milestones such as crawling, standing, and walking. Keep reading to know more about when should a baby sit up, and how to help your baby in reaching this milestone.
When should baby sit up
Your baby is already master in crawling and holding his head up. But he must develop body strength before being able to sit up on his own. Typically he learns to sit up between 7 to 8 months. Once your baby sits up, do not expect to sit last longer than a second or two. As your baby’s strength improves, he will be able to sit slightly longer. At 12 months, he/she is ready for the sitting position without help.
Tummy times help to strengthen the upper body and neck muscles that your baby needs to sit up. At six months, encourage sitting up by helping your baby to sit or support him/her with pillows and allow him/her to look around.
Stages through which the baby passes to learn to sit up
- First, he will learn to raise his head while lying on his stomach.
- In the next step, he will be figuring out how to prop himself up on his arms and hold his chest off the floor, such as baby push up.
- Gradually in the next three months, he may be able to sit for a matter of seconds without assistance, but you should surround him with pillows.
- Eventually, in the 8th or 9th month, he will be able to sit without any assistance.
How to help your baby to sit up
Your first job is to encourage him to start raising his head while his face down on his tummy. As we know that babies need good head control to sit up, so the best time is tummy time. As they spend more time in tummy time, they build their pint-size muscles and are able to push themselves further on the floor until the day reaches when they sit independently.
- Place your baby on your lap, so that his head and back lean against your chest, or use pillows to prop him up.
- Use bright toys that make a noise to ensure that your baby’s hearing and vision are on the right track. Once he/she becomes a confident sitter, you can place toys out of their reach to hold his attention to balance using arms.
Every baby covers every milestone in his time. Do not take stress if your child is not sitting up at six months. With little time and more patience, your baby will likely start sitting up. But if your baby is not sitting up at nine months, then discuss it with your pediatrician.