When can your baby sit up. And how can you support them to learn it ?
Sitting is exciting milestone for your little one, as it opens up a whole new world of play and exploration. It also makes meal time easier and gives your baby a new way to view their surroundings.
When can your baby sit up ?
Your baby may be able to sit up as early as six month old with a little help getting into the position. Sitting independently is a skill that many babies master between 7 to 9 month of age.
Signs your baby may be ready to sit
Your baby may be ready to sit if they have good head control. Other bodily motions will also be more controlled and purposeful.
Your baby may start by sitting for short periods of time if you position them upright. At this early stage, it’s important to support your baby so they don’t fall.
To help your baby learn to sit up:
- More time on the floor may help foster this independence over placing your baby in seat positioners. Aim for lots of floor play, at least 2 or 3 times a day, with age-appropriate toys.
- Sit your baby on your lap or between your legs on the floor. You can read them books, sing songs, and try different movement
- Once they’re a bit more independent, place pillows or other padding all around them while you supervise them practicing on the floor, not elevated surfaces.