When your baby can sit on her own, life becomes easier for both of you. Here’s a look at how to start the process – and how to keep your child safe.
Seating is a gradual process. It starts as baby gains the ability to still head and continues as muscle control works its way down his back. The infant must first control his neck, shoulders, lower back, and legs in order to sit and play, using his head and hands freely without tipping over unexpectedly. By the end of this month, your baby will have started the process: He will probably be able to sit and raise his head and shoulders, but the middle of the spine down will still be a little flabby. You must support your child in the seated position a lot to be able to practice this new skill. Cover her with soft pillows or rolled-up blankets to support her back and protect her from tipping over.
Soon your baby will also be able to maneuver by himself in a seated position. Since an infant who can move a lot can easily roll over a pram or fall off a crib, you need to start being extra careful. Always use restraint belts when transporting your child, and be sure to raise the crib rail when in the crib. Of course, never leave it unattended on your bed or any other elevated surface, even for a moment. It is also important to remove any toys and cell phones in the crib, which now pose a choking hazard.
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