When exactly can babies sit in a stroller? Are there signs to look for that will guide you in determining if your baby is better off sitting by himself in a stroller or not? Read along to learn more about the answer to this common question parents ask among themselves.
Learning to Sit
In terms of sitting, there are several areas of development that are involved. For instance, the gross motor skills of your child should be well developed to achieve better control over other movements. Keep in mind that for babies to be able to sit up independently, muscles in the hips, back, shoulders, neck and stomach should be strong enough. After your baby becomes more efficient in controlling these areas of the body, fine motor skills are soon enhanced. Hence, you will start noticing your baby being capable of grabbing, touching and using her fingers in interacting with others.
Generally, babies start to experiment on sitting up as they reach as early as 4 months old, while it may be a bit delayed for some at around 7 months of age. If you are concerned that your child is still not learning how to sit, then you may consider assisting her in developing this skill. You may do so by supporting her arms whenever she is lying on her back, then gently guide her to a sitting position. Eventually, babies sit in a stroller by themselves as they become more confident about mastering this new skill they have learned.
Your baby will have an amazing time with the back-and-forth movement while sitting with support, as this is a new position to explore on. Just remember that solid and strong head control is necessary for your child to sit up, and meanwhile, you can provide her with some enjoyable time resting on the tummy during the process of learning how to sit. You may also begin to notice her looking up if you try to place some toys in front of her, which she could reach while lying on her stomach. Once the head becomes steadier, you can help your little one sit up for at least 5 to 10 minutes daily. This habit will further strengthen all muscles necessary for sitting up in a stroller.
Babies sit in a stroller the moment they have stronger control of their muscles and gross motor skill development. So, during the process that your child is still attempting to sit up, just be supportive of her and be patient. Children master several skills at varying ages, so with time and daily practice, your baby should be able to sit up independently and gain more confidence as she do so.