Teach baby to sit
At what age should babies learn to sit?
There are generally accepted norms for the development of infants, which give a clear description of the skills that a child should learn at a certain age. For example, at two months, the baby begins to hold the head independently, at three, roll over from the back to the stomach. It should be remembered that all actions babies can learn to perform much earlier or later, because each child is individual.
If during the routine examination the doctor did not find any abnormalities, but development proceeds a little slower than normal, then there is no cause for concern. It is enough to train the baby to sit, crawl, and stand at home. To do this, there are special exercises.
From the first month of life a newborn can be seated in a child seat.Its back should not be raised too high so as not to harm the baby’s skeleton. The chair must be chosen according to the age of the child, that is, suitable for the baby. In this position, the child can see not only the ceiling in the room, but also the surrounding space. This method allows him to get acquainted with the outside world. Usually, children with great interest learn everything new. Mom, who needs to do household chores, can set the chair in such a way that the child can observe all her actions.
The baby is in a seated position while he is wearing a kangaroo or sling. Such devices can be used from the first day of life. Kangaroos today are less popular because they are inferior in many ways to slings. When carrying a baby in a kangaroo, the load on his spine increases. Sling allows you to take the body of the newborn natural position, evenly distribute the load on the back and limbs. There is a whole system of baby wear. It is best to take a quick training course under the guidance of an experienced consultant.
The advantages of babywearing include close contact of the baby with the mother and the possibility of knowing the world around.
Mom is very comfortable to wear the baby in a sling, because her hands remain free. At this time, she can simultaneously go about her business and communicate with the newborn. In addition, it is believed that children who were worn in a sling, quickly learn to crawl and walk.
Exercises to help your child learn to sit faster
Specially you should not force the newborn to an independent seat. All children develop individually. Sooner or later, the baby will definitely begin to sit on its own. It is better to encourage not trying to sit, but trying to crawl, as recommended by Dr. Komarovsky.
But you can perform daily a set of exercises that will properly strengthen the muscles and will definitely benefit your child:
- The first exercise can be performed at the age of one month. The newborn must be turned on the tummy.The kid will try to lift the head by himself. This is the best way to strengthen your back. This procedure must be performed daily. It is necessary to ensure that the child lifted the head correctly.
- When the child is already able to keep the head well, you can proceed to the second exercise. It is to raise the baby from a prone position. At the same time, he should hold handles on your fingers. At first, you should not perform more than 4 elevations, because the exercise is tedious for the baby.
- The following exercise is aimed at training balance. It can be performed only when the child reaches five months of age. To do this, you need to sit down a crumb, while holding it with both handles. After that, you can shake the child's upper body a little. You can make circular motions. If the kid confidently performs the exercise, you can try to hold it with only one hand. On the sides it is better to put pillows, which will protect the crumbs from a possible fall.
To crumb began to sit independently, sit him on his knees as often as possible. True, this exercise is suitable for children after 4 months.It is impossible to force the baby to sit for too long. It should be remembered that little kids get tired quickly.
Simple tips for parents
The above exercises only contribute to the physical development of the child. If the baby at 7 months has not yet begun to sit, this should not become a problem. It is believed that the later he learns to take a vertical position, the stronger his legs and spine will be. In any case, it is forbidden to seat a four-month or five-month infant on a sofa, floor, or chair, laying pillows over. The benefits of such actions will not be exact. The child should acquire all skills independently. The task of parents is to provide the right conditions.
After performing any exercise, you can perform a therapeutic massage. There are many methods of such a massage. It has a beneficial effect on the muscles and nervous system of the newborn. In addition, massage is a wonderful way of communication between parents and baby.
It is necessary to do massage alternately every day:
It is not entirely correct to compare the skills of your child with other children.If you look at all the existing norms that the baby has to fulfill, then you can pay attention to large discrepancies. In any case, whether the baby learns to crawl and sit at 6 or 8 months will not affect his future life. But incorrect attempts to accelerate the acquisition of such skills can lead to quite serious health problems.
Many parents, before teaching a child to sit, experts recommend not trying to speed up the process. The baby will independently acquire all necessary skills in the process of growing up. This will happen when his muscles and spine can withstand a vertical load. Exercises that teach a child to sit, are aimed only at developing his physical skills.