Sitting the benefits of early strengthening

Sitting the benefits of early strengthening

11 May, 2020
Last week we discussed crawling, the second transition. Today, we’ll talk about sitting, the benefits of early strengthening, and the reward of seeing your baby interact with the world from an upright position.

Key takeaways

4-6 months

4 months – “Developing head control”

5 months – “Lying down sit”

6 months – “Prop sit”


7-9 months

7 months – “Transitional movements”


8 months – “Transitional position I”


9 months – “Transitional position II”

10-12 months

10 months – Play position


11 months – Mimicking daily activities

12 months

The emergence of early head control at 4 months is the steppingstone to sitting by 8 months and up to stand by 12 months.

How to help your baby learn to sit up

Help them strengthen their back and tummy muscles through movement and play:

Once your baby sits alone:


What to do if your baby doesn’t sit up

If they don’t hold their head up at 4 months, prop on their arms by 4-5 months, and can’t sit by 9 months, check with your doctor or a paediatric physiotherapist.
All babies are different in their learning styles. Some are quiet, while others are movers. Developing head control and trunk strength is key to sitting independently. Sitting is a key to moving in and out of crawling, kneeling, and standing.
Keep safe, happy, and well,
By Kristy Allison
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