Baby Development: Sitting

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from the moment your baby is born he's

learning subtle ways to control his

young body and eventually to sit then

crawl and finally walk tummy time should

start right after birth short periods of

time on the valley with a parent present

cheryl Hausman a mother of four and a

pediatrician is the medical director of

the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

is primary care center at University

City the first year of life is all about

motor skills your baby will push up on

his arms and really begin to exercise

and develop his big muscles in his upper

chest your baby depends on you to offer

play time on the floor several times a

day to build his core body strength

which he'll need to start moving I

encourage parents to play with their

babies and not exercise if the biddin

really hates tummy time then you could

try just a couple seconds at a time and

then increase it by about two months

most babies will be able to look up and

look around at well baby visits your

baby's doctor will regularly examine her

motor skills muscle tone and automatic

reflexes so some babies are newborns if

you pick them up they'll do what we call

a stepping reflex and they'll pick one

foot up there you go many newborns

reflexes disappear but Hausman says poor

reflexes could be a sign of a medical

problem at around four to six months

they're actually starting to reach for

things that school requires anything to

focus on an object no in their heads

that they want to go get it reaching for

it and then even coordinating the fine

muscles of grasping the object without

these skills babies wouldn't be able to

take their first term towards

independence rolling over once they can

roll over the baby has some choice as to

where they're going to do never leave

your roller alone on the bed and always

keep one hand on him during diaper

changes rolling builds abdominal

strength to help your baby move to the

biggest milestone yet

at first your baby will want to sit

propped up assisted by pillows in an

infant seat or an upright activity

center that's how he or she will play

your baby just doesn't want to sit up to

play he wants to eat - between 4 and 6

months your baby will be ready to start

solids about about 6 months babies have

lots of head control lots of upper body

strength and then they'll start rocking

to push themselves into seating position

once the child has learned to master

sitting up babies will take something in

one hand and transfer to another 84% of

baby sitter moms say their baby set up

by six months if your baby has enrolled

over by six months or sat up by nine


don't worry every baby develops at his

own pace but be sure to talk it over

with your baby's doctor just to rule out

potential problems secure the house your

baby's ready to take off from the womb

to walking your baby's on the move