DEVELOPMENT OF A BABY: BABY POSTURE

baby sits with perfect posture

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!

STELLAR CATERPILLAR TOP 5 POSTS ON BABY POSTURE:

  1. What is Alignment?
  2. Baby Posture Tips
  3. Baby Sitting Positions
  4. Baby Sitting Up:  Posture Training
  5. Why Do Babies Love Sitting Up?

2 Responses to DEVELOPMENT OF A BABY: BABY POSTURE

  1. I started using the Bumbo seat when my daughter was about 4 months until having a little chat with my daughter’s doctor. He said the Bumbo seat will actually discourage a child from wanting to sit up on their own. Also, even if used on the floor, if your child is very active, they can tilt over and hurt themselves. Instead of using the bumbo seat, try offering them to just chill out on the floor with a soft blanket. Give them tummy time. Throw some soft toys on the floor and leave them to play on their tummy. If a child is way too young, like younger than 5 months, always supervise them while they are on their tummy. Good luck!

    • Hi Manfred! Thank goodness you asked the doctor about the Bumbo and thank goodness again that he discouraged it. You are absolutely right–tummy time with lots of toys is great for baby’s development!!!

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