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Guiding your budding little sitter

When babies demonstrate the ability to effortlessly maintain their head upright and showcase some nimble neck movement while being supported, it’s a sign they’re gearing up to master the art of sitting unassisted.

The ideal environment for these tiny tots to refine their sitting skills is on a sturdy padded area, perhaps a vibrant play mat or a snug carpet. While baby seats are handy, they don’t let the baby feel the natural sway of their body when they wobble a bit. At this juncture, even if sitting seems to be a newfound fascination, it’s pivotal to keep them primarily reclined. This ensures ample tummy and back time, bolstering their core, arms, back, and neck strength.

Between the 5 and 8-month mark, the majority of babies embark on their sitting adventures without help.

Here are some ways to bolster the journey of your tiny sitter: Nestle the baby safely between your legs, their petite back gently resting against you. During initial attempts, they might prop their hands forward for balance or lean into you. As their posture improves, a circle of cushy pillows can envelop them, or they can be placed inside a spacious plastic laundry basket padded with pillows for added support (always under watchful eyes, of course). A little wobble or a tumble onto a plush surface can actually be beneficial! It’s their introduction to understanding balance. Sitting spans might be brief, and their signals will clearly indicate when they’re done with the session. A baby sits upright, engrossed with a Hanging Bell toy, exemplifying balance and coordination.

As soon as the baby manages to sit without resorting to hand support, encourage toy-reaching exercises. These actions fortify their balancing act and fine-tune coordination, especially when they enthusiastically engage with toys from their seated stance.