The moment a baby is born, mothers patiently watch them roll over and master the sitting posture. To see the babies roll over, is an adorable sight to witness. We can’t deny that babies are sent down from heaven to earth to melt our hearts.
Moms are filled with pride when they see their babies taking ‘baby steps’ towards attaining balance. To be able to sit up is considered a milestone in their journey. And a mother’s role is inevitable during this phase.
If you’re looking for the best ways to help your baby sit up, you’ve come to the right place.
How To Help Baby Sit Up?
Babies usually learn to sit when they are about six months of age. However, some babies may attempt sitting even before six months. And there are babies who start sitting long after six months. Every baby achieves this milestone at its own pace.
This is completely a natural process. You don’t need to get worried if your little one hasn’t started sitting yet. Let them go with the flow. Give it time and trust your baby rather than forcing them into doing something.
What Can You Do To Help Your Baby Sit Up?
You can always assist your baby in sitting up, by adopting these amazing ways. Let’s dive right into it!
1. Tummy Time
Give your baby ample amount of time to lie on their tummy. Around one month of age, your baby starts having control in their neck and head. Once you ensure this, lay your baby on their tummy either on your lap or stomach.
As your baby gets stronger, you can make them lie on a safe and smooth surface for them to enjoy his tummy time. This helps in the strengthening of the baby’s neck and upper body muscles.
2. Back Time
Back time, as it’s called, is an indispensible process for strengthening the baby’s abdominal muscles, chest and trunk. This is just as important as the tummy time. Make your little one lie on his back. He’ll start enjoying the ceiling above him very soon!
3. Help Your Baby Sit Up
Once he is on his back, he’ll start rolling over. This is a good sign. Practice makes a baby perfect. Hold your baby in upright postures. Make him practice by using any sort of safe support systems. Along with the baby getting used to it, this posture helps the baby to strengthen his neck and head. The ideal chair and table are also important.
4. Bring In Their Favorite Toys
Superman to the rescue! Bringing in stuff your baby loves can make the sitting process more fun for them. You can make your baby sit on your lap by using pillows and cushions. Place their favourite toy in front of them and help them reach for it.
You can do the same by helping them sit in their crib. But babies always love sitting on their mother’s laps!
Best Positions To Help A Baby Sit
1. On A Chair
It is always best to make your baby sit in a chair between four and five months of age. This is a great way to strengthen the baby’s upper body. Always be in the room when they are made to sit in a chair.
This proves really good for babies who’ve already made their first attempts to sit on their own.
2. On the Floor
We bet all babies love this position; between the legs of their mother. This position is highly recommended for four to five month old babies. This is the most safe position as your baby is protected with your legs and chest.
They can always lean back on you and can balance between your legs too.
3. On The Lap
Make your baby sit on your lap. Keep moving your hands from the baby’s chest to his hips. This is because the baby needs support both for his upper body and lower body. This is an ideal position for babies between three and six months of age.
4. With A Pillow
Build a pillow castle for your baby! You can surround your baby with pillows and make them sit upright. Keep the baby entertained by letting them play with their favorite toys. Adjust the pillows at frequent intervals to help them sit in a comfortable position.
5. Tripod Position
The tripod position is an impressive way to help your baby sit up. It is best suitable for infants between the age of four and six months. Make your baby sit in a position with their legs apart.
Place toys at a reachable distance so that the baby will try to reach for it, using their trunk. The baby will soon get the hang of it and will learn to sit up easily.
6. On A Basket Or A Box
Make your baby sit inside a laundry basket or a box and give them support from both sides. Make sure to help them balance while sitting.
7. Ring Position
This is most appropriate for babies between the age of six and eight months of age. Let your baby sit on the floor with his legs apart and feet joined. This is a good way to help the baby balance themselves with their arms, in case they trip.
DISCLAIMER: Your baby would look unbearably cute in this position. Are you ready to handle it?
These are some of the best positions you can try if you were wondering how to help your baby sit up. Trust us, this will do wonders.
What Are The Different Stages That Babies Go Through Before Sitting Up?
1. Two Months
At this age, the baby would learn to lift up their head at forty-five degrees while lying on their tummy. That’s a great accomplishment for the baby. Don’t miss their gorgeous smile during this stage!
2. Three Months
By this age, your baby would lift both their chest and head at forty-five degrees. The baby’s head will be more firm and steady at this stage.
3. Four Months
The baby learns to hold their head up to ninety degrees. At this age, they try to support themselves while sitting up.
4. Five Months
When your baby turns five months old, they are most likely to raise his upper body. They even try to sit up while keeping their head steady. Most babies roll over at this age. The transition from back-time to tummy-time takes place during this time.
5. Six Months
At this age, your little one learns to roll over from side to side. And once they master this technique, there’s no turning back for the babies. It is at this age that the baby naturally tries to sit up without support.
6. Seven Months
The baby usually needs no support at this age, to sit up by themselves. They learn to shift their upper body with ease at this age.
7. Eight Months
At this age, the baby becomes more independent. They learn to sit upright on their own. They can even shift his upper body comfortably. C’mon, they could even stand on their own now, but with a helmet on!
Now you know at what age your baby rolls over, sits and stands. We can already see the beaming face of a mother in you.
Tips To Keep In My Mind While You Help Your Baby Sit Up
1. Seat Belts
When you make your baby sit on a chair, it is very important that you keep them safe. Apart from assisting them, ensure that you use seat belts in their chairs. This is highly recommended to avoid falls.
So don’t forget to fasten your baby’s seat belts!
2. Time Duration
It is okay to help your little one learn to sit using a chair or any other prop. But at the same time duration has to be taken into consideration. Do not make them sit in the same position for too long.
Letting him sit in confined areas can prevent their timely growth and development.
Helping your baby do exercises to improve movement and balance is good. But always remember not to go overboard with it. Over exercising can be harmful to babies.
4. No Pressure
As mothers, it is natural to want to see your baby grow and develop. However, don’t force them into doing something they are not capable of doing yet. Every baby is different and so is their growth process. Let them get adapted to each phase naturally and at their own pace.
5. Doctor’s Assistance
With each phase of your baby’s growth journey, their bodies undergo a lot of transformation. If you notice any developmental delays or undergrowth, consult a doctor. It is always best to seek the assistance of a doctor in a timely manner before jumping to conclusions.
Always keep these tips in mind while parenting. We know you will do your best!
Time To Help Your Kids Sit Up!
We hope you are now well informed of different ways and positions to get your babies to sit upright. Handle babies with utmost care and don’t leave them unattended. Most mothers have baby blues, the very thought of their tiny ones growing up leaves them teary-eyed.
So when you are at it, enjoy being a great mother. Happy Parenting!