Most babies will learn to sit up on their own somewhere between 6 and 8 months old. You, as mommy or daddy, should never worry too much about your child being behind other babies that you know. Babies will do things in their own time, but if 8 months looks like it might be coming (and going) before your baby learns to sit up on his or her own, there are some things that you could do to help baby develop a little more “on track”.
One of the first things that we have to realize is that our babies won’t be able to sit up if they don’t have the appropriate core strength. Their abdomen, neck and back muscles need to be strong enough to support themselves while they are sitting. Even their leg muscles can be important for sitting up, so depending on the overall strength of your baby’s core muscles, your baby may not be physically able to sit up when you expect it. Doing exercises to help strength the core muscles are essential. For example, hold your baby on your lap and tilt your baby slightly. This will allow your baby to attempt to auto-correct to a straight-up position, thereby building core strength.
Play Time Is Ideal
Rather than use a specially designed “baby sitting-up device,” take the time during your play with your baby to be there to support him or her. For short periods of time, set your baby up and see how long baby can stay upright. Sitting on the floor with your baby between your out-stretched legs is the best way to do this. Put some blankets around your baby in case of a tip-over, and then give your child the chance to sit up or fall over. Set baby back up and try again until he or she gets bored with this form of play.
Keeping a toy or two that your baby is very interested in just out of reach is a great training exercise. While you are slowly trying to build baby’s core muscles and playing with your child in order to encourage sitting up, having an interesting toy available for your baby will maintain his or her attention, and by reaching for it your child will get stronger.
Remember that your baby will still go through stages very much of his or her own accord, and if you try to force him to go faster than his or her pace, you may find resistance. Don’t set you and your baby up for disappointments in the near or distant future. Go with the flow, and just play, and everything will turn out right.