Working on Sitting Skills with Baby

By: Michelle Yuen, Physical Therapist

Hey Mom! Want some tips and tricks to get your little one sitting? Let’s have a ball! 🏀

You don’t need a fancy new toy to motivate your little one. Something as simple as a ball can be used to encourage your little one to sit! The Dollar Store is a great place to find a ball to use if you don’t already have one at home.

HOW DOES THIS WORK? 

Use a ball in front of your child to help them to prop-sit. This will encourage them to push through their arms and also allow their back to straighten (trunk extension). You are encouraging proper sitting and having so much fun!

SITTING IS A PROGRESSION OF SKILLS

  1. Placed in a sitting position
  2. Prop sitting (with arms in front of them)
  3. Reaching in sitting (with one arm support)
  4. Two hand play with sitting
  5. Getting into/ out of sitting

WHAT IS NEEDED PHYSICALLY TO SIT?

  • Head/neck control
  • Upper body strength
  • Postural strength/ control
  • Trunk stability
  • Symmetrical weight bearing 

OTHER IDEAS TO PRACTICE SITTING

Start working on sitting on a firm crib mattress on the floor.  Why? The baby can reach and play and if they do fall they are safe. Keep your hand on the babies lap to help give them ground their center of gravity while they play. Also try a toy that is up right. Small toys or rattle may encourage them to lay down on the floor to play. 

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