A woman is already an anxious creature, so when it comes to her children, she doesn’t even talk. Even before they are born, they are able to imagine each step of development, how pleasurable it will be to see you discover the world and every part of your body. Each phase is a delicious part of motherhood and one of them is when the baby starts to sit. So we must not speed up development, let alone demand that they do the same as other babies do. After all, everyone has their time to discover and feel safe to perform and only when the muscles of the back and neck are strengthened enough to support the weight of the body, they will risk trying a new position.
For those who can’t stand anxiety and tend to put their little baby too immature to start sitting, know that it is extremely harmful to the spine, since the baby and he who must feel safe, prepared and strengthened for the next developmental step will show you when it’s already possible, even trying to get it. There is no exact month that will indicate that the baby starts to sit, but around 4 to 7 months of age they will become firmer , they will be able to support their head with a stiffer neck and they will even risk to roll to one side and the other. But it will be around 8 months that he will be able to sit without any support, without swinging and falling for lack of balance as is so common in the beginning.
Helping you through activities and play to strengthen your muscles is also a good thing, and you can start doing this from 4 months of life. Putting him face down on the bed or on a blanket on the floor showing toys that catch your eye, making him raise his neck to look is a great strengthening exercise. In addition to being able to verify that your hearing and vision are developing properly and responding to stimuli.
If your baby is already 6 months old and still cannot support the weight of the head with the neck , a pediatrician should be consulted. Even if each baby has its development time, in this phase they should already have their neck muscles strengthened, which will be an essential step to be able to crawl and later support the weight of the whole body by taking the first steps. Remembering that premature babies tend to take a little longer in development, so the pediatrician or specialist should be consulted to see the case.
And when does the baby start walking?
Each step a step, each phase of development a new discovery and so it will be with the first steps. Like all other phases, there is no time or age, but a prediction of when it will occur and parents can take as a basis the level of development of motor coordination that their baby is in. The baby starts walking only when he is prepared, confident and confident that he will succeed and will have to go through all the other stages of development so that every muscle in his body is strengthened to support the entire weight of his body.
At about 8 months, the baby usually feels more independent and already risks standing up holding some furniture. There are those precocious people who feel so firm and secure in their legs that they loosen up and start walking quickly at this stage, but the vast majority trains and a lot to become fully established. Around 10 months, most babies are firmer and can even take their first steps without holding onto the furniture. Some may occur only near the first year of life, but it is absolutely normal for babies to take up to 18 months to start walking. So if your baby is still unable and is being accompanied by a pediatrician, there is no reason to worry, just wait for his time.
Parents can help you gain more confidence in taking the first steps, so you don’t need to use a walker. That contrary to what was thought, it does not help the baby’s development but rather prevents him from learning to walk correctly , in addition to being pointed out by specialists as harmful to the leg muscles. Hold in your hands and let your little feet walk at first, this will stimulate and strengthen your legs.
Another tip is to position yourself in front of the baby and open your arms to call him, causing the little one to let go and go towards you. The use of toys to attract him is also widely used in this method. Avoid wearing shoes at this stage, as cute and stylish as they are, they hinder the safety process of the steps. So if it is possible, leave the baby barefoot during the attempts, it will help him in balance.
This is a time of great anxiety for parents, but be prepared! Because when they learn, no one else holds them! If you were already exploring all the environments in the house, now walking tend to feel more free and the desire to explore the world. By this, all caution are little!!
See also: Baby’s First Steps
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.