How To Safely Help Your Baby Sit

How To Safely Help Your Baby Sit

Your baby has gradually been gaining more physical control of herself and, at eight months old, she's a masterful sitter. She's able to twist around, lean forward, and shift from side to side. Encourage her to stretch her muscles and hone her new skills by putting a favorite toy just out of reach so she can practice twisting and leaning.

All hands on deck

Get ready to be more on the ball than ever. Babies find everything, so if you haven't really childproofed yet, now's the time. Get down on your hands and knees and look around your home for potential problems. Make sure that:

  • All cleaning solutions are stored out of your child's reach.
  • All electrical outlets are covered.
  • Door blocks are installed on all the low cupboards in your house, including those in the bathroom.


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Help with sitting

Alicat 4/28/2016
Our little guy is almost 8 months, he sits very well, but can't sit up from a laying down position yet. If he hold our fingers he can pull himself up. Any suggestions? He can roll all over the place, but no crawling yet. His doctor said he might be a bit delayed on that because his head is pretty large compared to the rest of his body.

Baby Proofing

As soon as our little guy learned to roll over we laid down giant down tiles over our entire playroom floor! So glad we did now that he's sitting and scooting around!


JPs Mom 3/22/2016
I have used a pillow to help my little one sit up and it works a lot. I also would recommend placing them on a soft blanket as well.


Rachel 3/21/2016
Having a fun toy in front of my baby has really helped her practice sitting! I just put a pillow behind her for when she topples over!

Good article

Very helpful

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