Wow! Your baby is growing so fast and by now you are waiting to see him/her sitting up. Of course, it is exciting to watch your baby gain independence. Sitting up is a major accomplishment that every parent looks forward. We are no exception, and we all enjoy the times we spend lying down and relaxing.
But when it is too much we can get bored, and this also happens to babies. After too much tummy time, the baby wants to explore the environment and be more independent in an exciting way.
Sitting up not only indicates achievement of a developmental milestone but also means that the baby has proper muscle control needed to transition from breast milk
and formula to solid foods. Remember it’s dangerous to introduce the baby to solid foods before she is able to sit up on her own and support her neck and head to avoid choking.
Time to sit up
Your baby will learn to sit up nearly the same age when she manages to roll over
and hold her head up. This is the time when the muscles she needs to support her back, neck and head are developed. But, on average, your baby may start sitting up on her own as early as 4 months old or as late as 9-months old
All said, there is no standard age when babies should sit up. And babies achieve different milestones at different ages, with some achieving some milestones quite early while others will slightly delay. So if your little one take some delays don’t worry this could be normal unless it is too late let’s say beyond 9 months. At this point, you may talk it to your pediatrician.
Should I help my baby to sit up?
Of course yes, Pediatricians recommend you to help the baby learn to sit up by holding on to her arms when she lay on her back while she is on her back, ease her legs and make a V-shape for balance and stability. Then gently pull her it a sitting position repeatedly. You may notice that she is enjoying the back and forth motion, to make it even more exciting try to add some sound effects and funny faces.
Alternatively, when she is on her tummy, talk and interact with her. Keep her favorite toys above her to encourage her to look up by pulling funny faces and making sounds. When she gains enough strength, her head steadier and she is able to push up often, help to sit up for about 5 minutes for several times a day.
You may also place her on your lap and let her head and back lean on your chest.
To help her learn to balance herself with her arms, put her toys and other fun objects out of her reach. These will help hold her attention to and teach her to balance with her arms. But of, more importantly, give her more of tummy time, this will help her develop muscles, get stronger, and manage to push up. Eventually, she will surprise you by sitting up on her own.
As mentioned earlier, you don’t have to worry when she will sit up as long as you are giving her plenty of opportunities to learn sitting skills. When it’s time to sit up, she won’t delay letting you know. If she slides off to one side while supported, it means she is not ready to sit up.
Continue giving her plenty of opportunities to practice sitting up with support. Please don’t force her to learn this skill because this may even discourage her and delay the whole process. Make the exercise jovial and exciting so that she can even crave for more at the end.