At what age can I sit my baby?
This question is very common in parents since everyone needs to know the right moment to incorporate the child to sit him up and thus not affect the normal development of the child. It is important to understand that this does not happen overnight and that some motor skills need to be developed beforehand that allow the child to achieve natural sitting.
According to pediatricians, the baby's development starts from the head down, where little by little the muscles of the body are strengthened as it grows. The process to learn to sit begins at 4 months, where through different bodily changes the body prepares to acquire what is required for the child to sit, such as the transition from the upside down position to mini flexion, which is considered the basis of the child's development so that he can sit later.
From 5 to 6 months, the baby has more balance and manages to stay seated longer using the tripod position, (a term used when the baby places his hands in front of him to rest on the floor). At seven months he is more balanced and manages to sit for a few seconds with his hands free. It is likely that at 8 months you will be able to get up supported with your hands until you are sitting without any help and definitely stay there with good balance and greater sustainability.
It is important not to sit the child forcibly but to do it only when he is ready, the baby will show him trying to turn on his side to support his hand and push up, he will also show more strength in his back and head, he will hold his head firmly , and the neck will keep you straight when you take it in your arms.
If the baby wants to sit down, but does not yet know how, some stimuli can be generated that allow him to help, such as:
-When you are lying on your back, show him a toy to try to reach him, it will be excellent to strengthen his abdomen, neck and back muscles, although he may not be able to get up, pressing to want to grab his toy will help him to gain more muscle strength.
- Lying him on his stomach with his hands supported, will be a good stimulus to place the head in relation to the trunk, gaining strength in the muscles of the neck and back.
-When you are learning to sit, put some cushions around him to support his body, he may not do it for a long time initially, but with practice he will achieve much more balance. The toys will always be a motivation for the little one to want to push himself forward or stay seated increasing the time in position.
-The free play spaces will promote the ability of your mobility, being on your back with your legs in the air will be a great stimulation for the baby.
It is important from birth to take specific care of the baby's back so that they can sit, crawl and also walk.
-When you take him to his crib lay him down without a pillow.
-When you load it in the scarf, verify that the back is in the correct position and that the natural curvature of the back is allowed, as well as that the head is well supported during the first six months of life.
-When charging it allows it to be placed in a frog position, this should be practiced during the first six months of life.
-When carrying it in the stroller, try in the same way as it is comfortable, always respecting the natural curvature of the baby's back.