Milestones are always exciting to keep track of for your newborn baby. Some really important milestones that most parents pay attention to are rolling, crawling and walking. But another big one is SITTING independently. This typically occurs at and around 6 months, but every baby is different so it can be sooner or later than 6 months.
My youngest daughter just recently turned 7 months old, and it has been really fun watching her get stronger as we tried doing more fun activities together. When she was just a newborn, her favorite thing to do was play on her play mat and do tummy time with some noisy toys nearby.
She still enjoys playing on the play mat but now that she rolls so much to the right and to the left, she rarely ever stays on the thing. I just throw toys all over the floor now and she eventually makes her way across the room to get them!
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FUN FACT: From birth to age 6 months, a baby might grow 1/2 to 1 inch a month and gain 5 to 7 ounces a week.
Babies grow so quickly and develop strength at a much faster rate the more parents play with them and challenge them. Changing your baby’s position and playing in a variety of ways is overall better for your baby’s development.
When it comes to sitting, babies need to develop good core strength in order to hold their trunk upright and not topple over.
If you are not quite sure how to teach your baby to sit, I have three fun and simple play activities that will surely help build your baby’s strength and encourage them to learn to sit better.
Maybe you have been working on sitting positions with your baby for a little while now but you just want to try something new and different with your baby. These are my absolute favorite ways to incorporate sitting into my baby’s routine.
3 FUN AND PLAYFUL ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE SITTING WITH BABY
1. Diaper Change Sitting
2. Favorite Big Toy Sitting
3. Play Mat Sitting
The more you play and practice these activities, the stronger your baby will become. But do not try to rush the development of your baby with regards to sitting. Eventually she will learn, so there is no need to worry if you see other 6 month olds sitting and yours is not. Every baby develops at different rates. When doing these three activities, make sure not to exhaust your baby. I would never perform all three activities at once in long durations. Space the activities out throughout the day and during a time when your baby is alert and energetic. I always avoid doing these right before bed time or when my baby is hungry. Like I said earlier, use your “mommy instinct.” You know what to do best for your baby. If your baby doesn’t seem interested in sitting, then take a break for a week and try again later. I have a video for you to watch so you can see what these activities looked like with my baby when she was 6 months old. Take a look and let me know if you have any questions. I always love comments, so feel free to leave a message below in the comment section. Keep Smiling, Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.
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