During the first months of life, the baby observes the world from an unusual perspective. Most of the time he is lying on his back facing the ceiling until an adult takes his arms and can see the world like the rest of the people.
The change begins when the neck muscles gain strength and the baby is able to lift his head. With the help of an adult hand, he tries to sit down, but falls off right away. The baby’s muscles develop slowly, so parents should be patient. Before long, the baby will have crossed that threshold and sat down without assistance.
When babies usually sit up
Then the question arises: but from what month does the baby sit?
When the baby experiences sitting, about three months of age, he does everything possible to be placed in that position. In the end, he has enough strength to get up, although he lacks the balance to stay seated. That is why adopt the so-called tripod posture, in which the baby stays together while resting his hands on the ground.
Between four and seven months, almost all babies try to sit on their own, without anyone’s help. The muscles of the neck, back and legs are already developed, and the baby can get up and stay in that posture, which he loves. Normally this happens at five months, but some babies do not get it until the eighth month. In addition to enjoying the view he has with that posture, the baby can use his arms and hands with total freedom, can reach objects and examine the right toys, and discovers a new world.
Between seven and nine months, the baby is able to sit for a few minutes. But now it is about to cross a very important threshold, that of crawling using all four limbs. All you have to do is lean forward when sitting and rest your hands on the ground. Then, maintaining balance, you should only perform small movements to crawl.
4 Games to encourage and teach your baby to sit up
Usually babies begin to sit from 4 months of age, although it is around 6 months when they manage to stay seated without support. If your baby hasn’t been interested in sitting down yet, you’ll be able to motivate him and help him do so with some games and exercises that can help strengthen his back and tummy muscles.
1. Put a blanket on the floor and on it the baby in the position on his back. Then, you stand in front of him holding him by his hands. Quietly, pull a little of your arms so that the baby is encouraged to get up until he sits down. Then, knock him down again. This way you will be facing the muscles of the belly and at the same time you will feel that you are playing. Repeat the movement a few times.
2. Sit the baby on your legs, facing you. Swing it back and forth, holding it by your hands. That will strengthen your back muscles while amusing you.
3. On a blanket on the floor, sit the baby holding him by the hips. Count to 10 and lie down to rest. Repeat this exercise a few times.
4. On the same blanket, lay the baby on his back. He takes a toy he likes and puts it on his belly. The baby will try to stretch to pick up his toy and in this way he will be working the muscles of his back.