The first 12 months of an infant’s life are very special for the parents. Their tiny squishy ball undergoes many changes. They learn to adapt to their environment, form an unbreakable bond with their caregivers, observe and explore new things, and grow up and learn to have better control over their bodies.
When a baby starts to eat, roll, sit, or even when they mumble their first word, parents are delighted beyond their imagination. For them, it is an absolute pleasure to watch their tiny babies growing up. Every milestone of the baby is important for his caregivers.
Parenting and doubts are frequently met by each other. As a parent when they observe that their baby hasn’t achieved a milestone yet, they begin to get anxious, and in severe cases, they might even panic.
No matter under which age group your child falls, always remember: Every child on this Earth is unique and has a different pace.
If your child hasn’t achieved any milestone yet, and your friend’s baby has, then no need to get worried about it. With his pace, your baby will learn how to roll, sit, walk, and talk without any problem.
It is natural for parents to help their child to make him sit, stand, and walk on his own. There is no harm in doing that. In fact, it’s great to quickly make the baby learn these things. However, making them do something for which they aren’t ready, can harm their little bodies.
The most common example of this case is making the baby sit up when his body is not ready for it. Generally, a baby learns to sit when he turns 6 months old. If by that age the baby hasn’t started to sit up, then relax mama!
Understand that the baby’s development is not similar to everyone. Forcing them or making them sit up when their body is not developed for it will result in the following side effects
Effects Of Making The Baby Sit Up Early
1. Hinders The Development Of Motor Skills
Development of motor skills is extremely important for the baby as it helps him to hold, control, and lift things. Making them sit earlier before their body is ready deters the development of motor skills which can be problematic for the later stages.
2. Weakens Baby’s Muscles
Baby’s muscles need time to get strengthened. Making them sit exerts a force on their muscles which are not strengthened enough and consequently they get weaker. Eventually, the weakened muscles result in weak arms, legs, shoulders, and back. Because of it, the baby starts to crawl and walk late.
3. Back Pain Issues
When the baby is made to sit when he is not ready, it puts a strain on his backbone. As the baby grows old he has to suffer from frequent back pain issues.
4. Body Instability
Forcing the baby to sit up can result in poor baby body posture, late development of movements such as crawling, etc., and lesser body stability.
5. Less Tummy Time
Sitting earlier than the proper time means less tummy time for the baby. A baby’s body slows down the development of important reflexes which helps the baby in creeping and crawling.
Making the babysit before his body is ready for this milestone, may train your baby to sit earlier than his age. However, the exertion on the baby’s muscles weakens and it delays the other milestones such as crawling and walking.
Rushing to make your tiny munchkin achieve one milestone might deter his physical growth. Understand the baby’s development process and then only help him to sit properly.
Look for the signs when your baby is ready to sit up. If you feel your child is ready to explore the world in a sitting position then help your child achieve their milestone without rushing their natural development.
7 Tips To Help Baby Sit Up Without Rushing Their Natural Development
The following tips will enable you to make your baby sit up. Don’t worry these tips aren’t going to impede your baby’s natural development.
1. Give Them Enough Tummy Time
Giving enough tummy time to your baby lays down the concrete foundation of helping them to sit with greater balance and proper body posture.
Tummy time simply means to lay down your baby on his tummy for several minutes during the entire day. Giving the baby enough tummy time strengthens his neck, arms, and back muscles which helps him to have greater stability while sitting.
Make it a part of their routine to have tummy playtime for several minutes each day. Lay down a soft blanket. Lay your baby on his tummy and keep some of his favorite toys so that he can move his head to explore.
At first, the baby might cry and not enjoy the new position. Don’t keep him on his tummy for prolonged hours in the beginning. Start by 2 minutes and gradually increase the time as per your baby’s mood.
When your baby gets used to this position, he will try to elevate himself on his elbows. This movement of the baby helps him to strengthen his upper body and helps him to sit without support.
To make tummy time more fun, get a water mat for your wiggly babies. The colorful mat has a comfortable inflatable design that keeps the little ones engaged in their small world of imagination.
2. Making The Babies Sit Up The Lap
Another tip to make babies sit-up is to place them on your laps. Isn’t it wonderful to keep your adorable bundles in your laps? You can use baby accessories & toys to make your baby sit in your lap as babies love toys and they get attracted to them. Keeping the baby close to you helps in bonding with them and developing their instinct of trust.
Sit comfortably and then make your baby sit on your lap. Don’t leave them unsupported as these wobbly munchkins might lose their balance. Support their head, neck, and lower body to prevent them from falling.
However, do not make them sit in this position for a longer time, or else it’ll affect their backbone adversely. Just a few minutes a day is fine.
3. Make Them Sit Between Your Legs
This is best done on the floor. If you want this tip to work effectively then get down from the bed and sit on the floor. Make the baby sit between your legs. This provides them with support from all sides and they are less likely to get unstable.
You can take the support of a wall to make yourself comfortable while your baby enjoys his new position.
This position gives the baby confidence to lean into their right and left without the fear of falling or hurting themselves. It also aids in proper muscle control and coordination.
This position is ideal for reading time and playtime.
4. Get A Chair
Though it may seem counterintuitive to make babies sit on the chair when he is in the learning phase. But, it might help him to develop a proper posture and bring more stability.
The adult chairs are not the ones to make the babies sit. Invest in one of the following chairs to help your baby sit without weakening his muscles.
a. Bumbo Seat
A popular choice amongst the parents who want to help their babies sit without having to keep themselves occupied. These chairs are carefully designed by taking into consideration all the safety and development requirements of the baby.
Making the baby in Bumbo helps him to learn how to balance his body while being securely seated in the chair. It also allows him to explore the environment without being scared of falling on their face.
The most important piece of furniture for both babies and their caregivers is highchairs. They are not only big timesavers during mealtimes but, also an effective way to help your baby to sit.
Highchairs have three to five harness points and a safety strap which ensures that your baby is securely seated and has no chances of slipping away.
Furthermore, many highchairs come with footrests that help the baby to avoid dangling his feet while he is seated. Footrests for high chair also improve the postures of the baby and provide adequate support to his lower body.
To make your baby sit longer in a highchair keep some of his favorite toys or books on the tray. While your baby enjoys his playtime on a highchair, his muscles will be well supported to enable him to sit up properly.
5. Bring Old Boxes And Laundry Baskets To Use
If you are not in a favor of buying a Bumbo chair or a high chair for your baby then no problem. You can make one seat by adding extra comfort for your little bosses. Look for empty boxes and baskets that can easily fit your baby.
Wash and clean it thoroughly. Next, place a soft blanket inside the box or a basket. Keep a pillow on one of the sides of the basket. Make your baby sit inside that basket. Add his toys and he’ll be busy playing in his cozy basket.
But, make sure that the basket is sturdy and strong enough to hold the weight of the baby. Furthermore, check that there are no pins or rough edges that can harm the delicate fingers of the baby.
Also, never leave the baby alone when he is inside the basket or a box. The box might tip over if the baby shifts its weight on weight.
6. Make A Pillow Fort
Grab every pillow that you get your hands on. Get down to the floor, lay a soft blanket or a play mat, and then make a pile of pillows and let your baby sit by taking the support of pillows.
Also, keep the pillows on their left and right. Surround them with toys and stay close by to adjust their position if needed.
Do not try making this fort on elevated surfaces such as on a bed, crib, or table. It takes a millisecond for these munchkins to pull a stunt to surprise. Injuries caused by falling cannot only be traumatic but also fatal for the baby.
7. Keep Calm And Carry On
While you are helping the babies to sit up, keep in mind that you won’t be able to make them sit up independently overnight. Give time to your baby to grow and achieve his milestone at his own pace. Sometimes your baby will fall down while trying to sit up and cry but parents should learn not to worry and know how to keep baby calm and happy.
Every baby is unique. If your baby is taking a little longer to sit than the others it is absolutely fine. Just breathe, relax, and carry on. Give them and yourself time. Make your babies practice to sit up for a few minutes in the beginning and then gradually increase their time.
Forcing them to sit up may deteriorate their physical growth and development.
Pulling The Plug
The above-mentioned tips will surely help your baby to help sit up without deterring their natural development. However, these tips will not make your babies sit up overnight. Keep on helping your baby patiently as this will not put pressure on his spine and muscles.
Sitting independently and without support is indeed an important milestone for a baby. Let him achieve it naturally.
Apply any one tip or a combination of a few from the above-mentioned list to help your baby, but make sure you don’t leave them alone under any circumstance. Always make them sit under your supervision to avoid any mishaps.
Dear Parents, do not make the mistake of making your babies sit up before 4 months or not providing them with enough support will result in poor posture and weak muscles.
Wait till nine months to let your baby achieve this milestone. If your baby has any difficulty sitting up without support then consult your doctor and ask for their guidance to solve this issue. Do not take the matter into your hands. You might worsen the situation instead of improving it.
Seek help from professionals for every trivial problem of the baby. You don’t want to risk anything happening to them, do you?