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  • Writer's pictureDr. de Castro

From Wobbles to Triumph: Navigating the Gross Motor Milestone of Sitting

Hello, all you wonderful parents, caregivers, and curious minds! Let's chat about one of the most exciting and eagerly anticipated milestones in a baby's journey - sitting! It's an essential step in your little one's development, and understanding when and how it typically unfolds can be both reassuring and enlightening.

When Should We See the Skill Develop?

Babies are incredible beings, and each one has their unique timeline for reaching milestones. However, there's a general sequence of development when it comes to sitting:

  1. Newborn to 3 Months: In the early days, your baby's head and neck control are gradually improving, but sitting independently is a distant goal. During this stage, they might enjoy some supported sitting with a caregiver's help.

  2. 4 to 6 Months: This is when the magic starts happening. Around the 4-month mark, you may notice your baby making attempts to sit up with support. They will use their arms to prop themselves up and might even push up onto their forearms while lying on their belly.

  3. 6 to 7 Months: By now, your little one might be sitting without support for short periods. You'll see them using their hands for balance, and their back muscles will be getting stronger. Expect some delightful wobbles and tumbles during this stage.

  4. 8 to 9 Months: Between 8 and 9 months, most babies can sit confidently and independently. They no longer need to use their hands for balance and can reach for toys or interact with their surroundings while sitting.

Things to Look For

While each baby is unique, there are common signs to watch for as your child works on their sitting skills:

  1. Head Control: Before they sit unassisted, your baby needs to have good control of their head. They should be able to hold their head up while lying on their tummy.

  2. Balance and Stability: Your baby's back and core muscles will be crucial in maintaining their balance while sitting. Watch for signs of improved strength in these areas.

  3. Exploration: As they sit up, your little one will be more curious about the world around them. They'll reach for toys and explore objects, showcasing their growing independence.

  4. Changing Positions: Keep an eye out for their ability to transition in and out of sitting. They may start by moving from a crawling position to sitting and back again.

  5. Support and Encouragement: Provide a safe and cushioned environment for practice. Avoid overusing baby seats or props, as these can limit natural muscle development.

  6. Patience: Remember, each baby is on their unique journey. If your child takes a little longer to reach this milestone, that's perfectly normal. Be patient and encouraging.

  7. Non-ideal positions like W-sitting

Sitting is a remarkable milestone that opens up a world of exploration and interaction for your baby. It's not just about physical development but also a pivotal moment in their cognitive and social growth. Celebrate each wobble, tumble, and moment of triumph along the way. Before you know it, your little one will be sitting confidently, ready to explore the world from a whole new vantage point. 🌼👶🪑

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