Your baby develops strength from the head down so a newborn baby just is developing a little bit of head strength and then as your months go by. You’ll notice that you’re baby’s developing more and more strength, and it works from the head down. So the shoulders will get stronger, the core is getting stronger, the waist, that’s when their starting to sit up, then ultimately their legs and that’s when they’ll start to bounce. Sitting happens in stages, so your four month old can sit, but with your support. So you have to give a lot of support around the waist.
A five month old and a six month old, they can sit by themselves, but they may need to do the tripod positioning. A seven month old can probably sit by him without any support, and an eight month old can sit by himself steadily without any support. You can help your baby try and sit by putting them in the tripod position, so some of the pressure and some of the support is going to be on the hands. When your baby is first learning to sit, make sure you practice this on the floor, so they’re not falling from the height.
Babysitting Safety Tips
Safety is very important when it comes to your children and family. That is why when you hire a babysitter it is very important that you discuss safety, evacuation and the danger zones in the home. For example if there is a fire in the home, the sitter should know the escape route to leave. Also, all sharp objects should be put away where the child cannot reach them and danger zones in the home such as this oven and the stairs. If the child is not old enough to walk up and down the stairs by themselves, the stairs should be blocked off so the child cannot fall or tumble. Also CPR and first aid are very important training for a sitter should know. They can take classes at the local fire station. Also the first aid kit should be in places where the babysitter can reach them. Emergency number should already be posted in case emergency contact people need to be called.
Sitting Balance Sheet Drag
I am a pediatric physical therapist. I am here with my co-instructor, Myla. She is sitting independently, and I want to challenge her sitting balance. In the clinic, I would start working on therapy balls, putting her on balls and bouncing her around and putting her on therapy swings and swinging her and challenging her balance. But I really wanted to make these videos things that anybody could do anywhere. So everybody’s got a sheet or a blanket or something. If you’ll set them on the blanket, put something soft. I’ve used pillows. We are going to challenge her balance with movement in a really simple way. I am going to hop up. I am going to pull her along on the blanket. (sound effect) You can start off slow. You can go faster. You can go wilder. You can start shaking and wiggling. I am going to pull you back again, so you can be on camera. The acceleration and deceleration is what challenges children. Most kids love this game…yes… love this game. They think it’s so fun to get to go for a ride. It is great from a sensory perspective, and it’s great for challenging balance when a kid is exactly this skill level. We are all done. That’s a simple idea that you can use at home.