How to Teach a Baby to Sit Up

Becoming a parent first time brings a lot of new experiences like first smile, yawn and the first bathing of your newborn. The new parents are often excited about the time when their infant would be able to sit up. Curiously they wait for the time when their kid would finally be able to sit up with his flabby legs stretched out. He would be ready to explore new and exciting things in the world.

It is an exciting time when the baby is able to sit up on his own; now he can start to crawl, to pull up and be able to walk eventually. An infant can start moving any moment before you even realize it. But the stage to sit up is really significant before that. The approximate age for infants to sit up varies like other developmental stages.

When a baby starts sitting up on his own, it marks a new beginning for him.  Being a mother you are excited to view each and every moment of your child’s development. You can even be curious to help him in reaching every milestone of development. You should know some of the essential tips to help your infant learning and improving motor skills.

How to Teach a Baby to Sit Up:

The approximate age for a baby to start sitting up is almost four months. Once the baby starts lifting his head a little, he is able to have a look around the world. Gradually, he will be able to prop up in a seating position. He will be using his arms to maintain his balance to avoid losing balance. Even a slight touch or soft breeze can make his trip over.

When Does a Baby Start Sitting Up?

Usually, infants start sitting when they are almost six months old. But for sitting independently, they need to reach the age of eight to nine months. You can be curious to know which stage would mark just the beginning of sitting; it is when your infant starts raising his head. When the baby is able to hold his head that it does not wobble and he can look around; you should know that on next stage he would start sitting up.

You need to help your child to sit up when he is four to six months old.  You can help by holding him up, letting him sit in the lap, in the carrycot or against one or more pillows.

Your baby should be able to sit up on his own when he is between six to nine months of age. For the beginning you can help him by providing support to sit and later by moving away your hands from to let him sit on his own. Even if your baby is able to sit on his own, you should stay close to him to avoid him tripping over. As it is a new skill for babies they are likely to lose balance quite easily. For a couple of months, he would need your close check while sitting up. When he becomes one year old, he must have learnt to sit on his own.

Learning to Sit Up:

Before sitting up on his own, an infant needs to hold his head and to roll over. A baby gains torso strength and better coordination by moving back and front.Every baby perceives the world from his new perspective and mastering the sitting skill gives him a sense ofachievement. Even if the baby has just started sitting on his own, feels comfortable being supported by you or some pillows around.

At the beginning of sitting independently, managing the balance is not easy. You can expect him to wobble and depending on you for support. As it is a new stage for the baby, he may get tired and may not be able to sit upright for long. Most of the babies while sitting up cannot concentrate on other activities like learning, grabbing or reaching for something. At this beginning stage to sit; you can see babies sitting with the support their hands on the floor to maintaining the balance. Once these babies gain the muscular strength to maintain balance, they can start sitting confidently. This muscular strength and endurance come at the age of nine months.

How Can You Help Your Baby Sitting up?

If you are excited to see your baby sitting up and anxiously want to know the methods to teach your baby to start sitting up on his own. You can try some of the given tips to help your baby in achieving his important milestone of physical development.

Let Him Enjoy Tummy Time:

Allowing your baby to have enough of tummy time; can be very helpful in teaching him to sit up. You can place a mat or some soft blanket on a flat and smooth surface and put your baby on it with belly down.

In the beginning, you should keep this time limit as less as five minutes, gradually increasing to half an hour. This increase in the time period to have tummy time should be on the day to day basis when your baby is three to four months old. You should not become impatient in teaching him to sit up.

You can teach him by placing some of his favorite most toys just a little beyond his reach; motivating him to raise head and try reaching out his arms for grabbing the toys. According to doctors, this practice helps in building his core muscles required for holding up his head and to sit up.

Hold his Hands:

Once your baby has started holding his head up; you can help him by holding his hands and slightly pull him up to sitting posture. This will help him feel this new motion of sitting up. But you must be cautious so that your baby does not topple over or get hurt.

Hold up Your Baby:

Babies’ muscles get strengthened by being held up or supported to sit. You can help your baby with the help of some supporting pillow. If you are breastfeeding him, you can sit down on the floor keeping him between the legs.  One thing you should remember that you do not prop the baby up for long if they have not yet developed the physical ability to do so. You should avoid to prop up your babies in strollers, or baby cars; as they hinder the baby to roll, wiggle or reaching out like he can do it on floor mat.

Try to Use Sitting up Toys:

There are various toys available in the market to help and encourage your baby to sit up. The specialists suggest taking your babies to such play centres that provide support to three to four-month-old babies to begin playing upright. There are other attractions for babies like sounds and lights for keeping them engaged in pulling toys. There some seats available for keeping babies upright and have mealtime.

In order to keep the babies interested and motivated in sitting upright, you can also give them a try to play with colorful toys, cubes and activity balls.

Other Important Milestones:

This age is a really exciting age for the baby; achieving new milestones. Not only that he can sit upright but he can also roll over from one place to another like a tiny worm. When you hold his hand for standing up, he can shift his weight to his legs and keep moving things around.

At this stage, these milestones are not only limited to motor skills. Now your baby is able to look around and notice the moving things. He can even understand and respond when you call his name. Babies at this stage can also understand if you tell to stop from something by a single ‘no’. This may not always be the case that your baby follows your instructions and does not do what he feels like. At this stage, you can find your baby babbling and be making more sounds for expressing joy and anger.

At this stage babies not only try exploring things with their hands as well as with their mouths. They love exploring things that are away from them. They also enjoy viewing themselves in the mirror. Parents can help them in having fun by making different faces to them.

If Your Baby Does not Sit up?

It is natural for the babies reaching different developmental stages at their own pace. Specialists tell that it should not be a matter of concern if some other baby has started sitting up before yours.

It is suggested to consult some pediatrician if your baby has not started controlling his head when he is seven months old or has not learnt to sit without support at the age of nine months. Most probably, it can be some delay in the development of the baby. Still, it is good to check if there is something that is not natural and needs to be taken care of.

Once your baby has learnt to sit without any support, it is time for the parents to make the house; childproof. Soon they can find him crawling and pulling up for standing. He can explore anything from the house and check it with his mouth. These stages can be attained in a better manner after the baby has mastered the skill to sit confidently.




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