Get Ready, Get Set, Sit
Your baby’s milestones are proud achievements in parenthood. Crawling, walking and talking are some of the biggest moments parents keep in their memories, but before they reach these points, your baby will learn how to sit up on his own. This milestone usually happens between four and nine months and while babies may take all the credit to sit up by themselves, there are things parents can do along the way to help their little ones reach this next milestone!
Parents Magazine covers this part of child development and one of the products they suggest to help your little one is the Boppy® Classic Pillow. The Classic Feeding and Infant Support Pillow is a Boppy award-winning product that has supported both parents and babies for three decades. Little ones grow up with this pillow first for comfortable feedings and later for tummy time which transitions to sitting, playing and discovering.
Sitting Starts with Muscle Development
According to their article, the process of sitting isn’t something parents should rush. There are three large motor skills babies should develop first: holding their neck up, having some balance, and having trunk muscles. Infants best achieve these skills through tummy time as it builds these muscles. For example, playing on their bellies helps strengthen the neck, stomach, and back muscles. The Boppy® Classic Feeding and Infant Support Pillow is ideal for tummy time due to its “C” shape. It will support baby’s chest and allow the head to be a little farther from the ground.
Help Your Baby to Balance
Once babies develop stronger muscles, they can sit up on their own but not for very long. In this stage, they are learning balance. Parents can help by providing support. The Boppy® Classic Pillow can be used to prop up your little one until he can fully sit up on his own. It also allows babies to practice sitting up and encourages muscle growth.
Other Motivational Tips:
- Put your child on his back. This helps baby to slowly pull up by his hands to a sitting position.
- Entice your baby to get up and look at objects. For example, if your little one likes mirrors, place one just a little too high to see into to encourage sitting up.
- Help your baby gain more core strength by holding him under the arms as both feet are on the floor. Your little one might not be ready to stand or walk yet, but it’s good practice for what’s to come.