Watching your baby begin to develop independence can be exhilarating. Your child enjoys this process too, since she is able to explore with a different perspective the world that surrounds her.
One way your baby begins to gain independence is learning to sit on her own, but this does not happen overnight. First, a series of steps and motor skills are required for her to master this milestone.
Being able to sit upright means your baby’s neck and back muscles are strong enough to carry their weight in an upright position and she has gained control of her head.
According to Pediatrician Melissa Goldstein M.D., a baby’s development starts from the head down. At 4 months, babies are able to sit down with support from a caretaker or furniture. By 5-6 months, most can sit by themselves in a tripod position in which they position their hands on the floor in front of themselves for reinforcement. At 7 months, they will probably sit on their own for a few seconds with no support and free hands to explore and grab objects around themselves. At this point they might even be able to sit up when they’re lying down on their tummy and push themselves up from the surface with their hands. Finally, by the age of 8 or 9 months, they are likely to sit steadily on their own for a few minutes. Continue reading