In one of my recent publications, I talked about how and when my kids learned to roll over. Today I want to write how I prepared them for independent sitting and how many months they learned it.
With my daughter everything was easy. From the age of three months, I held her hands on her arms, helping her pull up, doing her massage and light gymnastics. At six months, she learned to crawl to the bars of the crib and, clutching at them with her hands, tried to sit down. Sometimes she sat for half a minute, sometimes longer.
When she was seven months old, she easily sat down from any position and, without much effort, got up on her legs, adhering to the support. I did not plant it among the pillows, as some of my friends, young mummies did, did not rush things. For my daughter, I served as a stimulus of interest – after all, sitting can see much more interesting things.
I had a completely different scenario with my little son. Already in two months, he firmly grasped my fingers or the collar of the dress and stubbornly sat down. And he wanted to sit longer. When I took him to the pens, he constantly strove to rise. At home I applied to take him in my arms, pressing my back to me (with the head he rested on my shoulder). In this position, he could see everything around him and at the same time his muscles did not strain much.
At four months my stubborn man no longer wanted to walk lying in a wheelchair – only half-sitting. I had to lift the stiff back of the stroller, otherwise everyone around him heard his loud indignation. I could only lower my back only when my son fell asleep. Many mummies condemned me and taught me, but only my commander commanded the parade.
What is interesting, despite all the desire, they decided to study this world while sitting, he did not even try to sit on his own. I studied with him in the same way as I once did with my daughter, but my son completely ignored my attempts to teach him to sit on his own. When he wanted to get up, he just screamed …
I prepared for the fact that the learning process will be delayed for a long time. Our doctor said that some babies sit only by the end of the eighth month, when the muscles are well strengthened. But my son surprised me again – on the day when he was six months old, he sat down quite calmly from a prone position. He sat as if he knew how long ago.
Did your kids quickly learn to sit down? How did you deal with them?