Watching your baby do anything on their own is basically an accomplishment every parents wants. To see their baby being independent on their own especially when they start sitting on their own.
#1 Before She Sits
Don’t try to rush it. Your baby normally can start sitting on her/his own when the reach as early as four months or as late as nine months. Dr. Kurt Heyrman urges to make parents ensure that their baby has specific motor skills such as balancing herself, holding her neck up and have trunk muscles.
#2 Getting Ready to Sit
Babies will have their tummy time, which is where they spend their time playing on their tummy in order to strengthen the back, neck, back muscles and stomach. If the baby starts shifting the head from the floor to look about then it means the muscles are getting stronger.
#3 Tummy Time Troubles
Your baby may not like it to be put on her stomach but it’s a necessary process to strengthen the muscles needed especially for sitting. You can start b placing your baby on top of you with her tummy down and her face looking at you.
#4 Check Point
Normally around three to four months, your baby can already hold her head up. If she can do that, you can let her sit in a Bumbo seat, you can also put a pillow to ease her a bit. As your baby grows stronger, she’ll be able to sit by herself, although wobbly but she’s keep on practicing.
#5 Building Balance
Your baby will have to learn how to balance herself if she wants to be able to sit by herself. Start by putting her on a chair to feel what it’s like having something behind her back. Or sit down legs crossed to put her between your calf and hamstrings so she’ll be safe.
#6 The Tripod Sit
While the baby is practicing to sit up, he or she may need stabilizers to keep from falling. The baby will use both of the arms to to help with the balancing of the torso, necessarily turning them into a kickstand to hold up the body weight. This is called the tripod sit.
#7 What You Can Do
The best way to learn is, as Dr Heryman says, enticement. In this case, mirrors. Babies will start liking looking at themselves in the mirrors already. Try place a mirror a little further from her to encourage to sit up. Or you can try by holding your baby by the arms and let her try to get her feet reach the floor. Holding her in that position can help with the baby’s core strength.
#8 Be Prepared
Now, once your baby is able to sit on his own, you need to do some changes in his room. Now that your baby is getting better in standing up, his hands tend to grab onto anything he sees. So make sure you clear out those cables so your baby doesn’t get caught as well as lower the crib’s mattress so he won’t be able to get out.
Even if your baby is getting stronger enough now to look at you and sitting up and down, he or she may not be ready to face the car, forward. So keep your baby in the rear-facing car seat to prevent injuries.
#10 Up Next, Crawling!
Once your baby have mastered the art of sitting up and gaining strength in the lower body, crawling will then start soon. So be prepared.