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One of the things that parents often ask about baby development is what age babies can sit up. The reason is, the ability of this one baby is one of the important developments that occur in the first year of life
The baby's ability to sit is influenced by their gross motor skills, namely movements that involve large muscles, such as the neck, shoulders, stomach, back, and waist muscles. In addition, this ability also requires fine motor skills, such as touching and grasping.
Because the speed of development of each baby is not the same, the age of the baby can also be different. However, usually, babies start to sit up at the age of 4 months.
Baby Learning to Sit
Babies start to learn to sit at the same time that they start to be able to lie on their stomach and lift their heads, which is at the age of 3 or 4 months. He will start trying to sit by tilting his body first, then slowly learns to use his arms to support his body.
After that, at the age of 5 or 6 months, the baby's back muscles are strong enough to try to sit up even though they are still supported by arms. At this age, babies are not yet able to sit steadily.
However, as the back muscles and body balance develop, the baby's sitting position will become more stable.
Baby Starts Sitting
As previously explained, babies cannot sit up steadily. Parents or caregivers must remain alert to watch over him, because at first, the baby will fall to the side a lot shortly after successfully sitting up.
In the early stages, the baby can only sit for 1-2 seconds, before finally falling. As the muscles that support the body become stronger, the baby will be able to sit for longer periods of time.
Entering the age of 6-7 months, babies will start trying to reach and grasp various objects around them. At this time, babies can be invited to play with toys or other objects that are easy to reach, so that they can learn to balance their bodies and train their coordination of body movements.
Once able to sit stably, the baby will start trying new positions with his feet and hands, to learn to crawl. By the age of 1 year, babies are usually able to crawl and move actively.
Tips to Help Baby Sit
To support the baby's ability to sit up, parents can help him in the following ways:
Raise baby to a sitting position
When the baby is in a supine position, slowly raise the baby's body to a sitting position. Also use interesting sounds to make this exercise more fun for the baby.
Get used to the baby in the prone position
Get your baby used to playing on his stomach and take advantage of colorful toys and sounds or funny expressions to get his attention. This method can strengthen the baby's neck, shoulders, and back muscles which will support his ability to sit up.
Get used to the baby in a sitting position
If his head is more stable and he lifts his body more often, get the baby used to a sitting position. Support your baby with pillows and a lap or seat him in a baby chair several times a day for 5–10 minutes.
The age of a baby being able to sit is not always the same for all babies. Therefore, parents do not need to worry too much if their baby is not able to sit up by the age of 4-6 months, because some babies may take longer to learn to sit. However, if your baby cannot sit up until he is 9 months old, you should immediately consult a pediatrician.