How to Help Your Baby Stand and Sit

By Susan Revermann
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Between 4 and 6 months, your baby will be ready to start practicing her sitting skills, and by 6 or 7 months, she will be ready to work on standing. To help your little one learn these skills, you can plan some daily activities to strengthen her muscles and work on her coordination. With practice, your baby will be standing and taking tentative steps in no time, so be prepared and childproof your home early.

Sitting At Attention

Step 1

Place some pillows in a C-shape on the floor. A C-shaped nursing pillow also works. These help cushion your baby’s fall if he topples over from the sitting position. Putting some baby toys around the area also gives him something to look at while he’s learning to sit by himself.

Step 2

Position your baby in the sitting position on the floor with the pillows at his sides and behind his back. Butt his bottom on the floor with his legs in a “V” position to help stabilize his body. He may bend forward and prop his body up with his hands. As he works his core, arm and neck muscles, he will be able to hold himself up better. As he’s practicing his sitting skills, position yourself near him.

Step 3

Practice this sitting position daily. Over time, you will notice that he will get into this position all by himself. Remove the pillows as you notice his skills improving.

Bottoms Up

Step 1

Offer your fingers to your baby when she is facing you in the sitting position. Once she grabs your fingers, gently pull her into the standing position. She will be wobbly and may not be able to hold the position for long, but the exercise is good for strengthening her leg muscles. Practice this regularly.

Step 2

Place baby toys on top of childproofed coffee tables, chairs or other furniture as your baby gains more coordination and strength. This gives her motivation to pull herself into a standing position.

Step 3

Physically show your child how to go from a standing position to a sitting position by bending her knees to lower herself.