Madison, age 7 months, demonstrates one of the advantages of excellent posture. It is easy for her to grab objects and play with them and bring them to her mouth while sitting up. One of the most commonly searched developmental phrases on google is, “baby sits with curved back.” This is because many parents do not understand how to teach baby to sit. Babies do not learn perfect posture from being put in the sitting position at a young age. They have not developed the strength in their muscles and bones to hold the position so they collapse into a rounded back. Their parent often sits behind them with a hand close to baby’s back to catch her when she falls.
To learn how to teach your baby to have beautiful posture, please read our posts on the topic (see links below). Through understanding how to strengthen the back and neck muscles and understanding that this process takes time, your baby will learn to sit up straight, too. Most important is to learn patience. Madison did not sit up until recently because it takes time to strengthen her bones and muscles. When she sat up for the first time, she had perfect posture. This is the experience of our Stellar Caterpillar students!