Sitting up is an important milestone in your baby’s development. It signals that he or she is growing properly and will soon be able to move about by crawling. Before you know it, you’ve got a toddler on your hands! Your baby being able to sit on their own, will also afford you a bit more free time, which will help lighten your mood.
So, the question on your mind remains: when should a baby start sitting up? Though each baby has their own rate at which they grow and develop depending on their circumstances, the average baby is usually able to sit up between 6 and 7 months old.
Around the 3 or 4-month mark, you might notice that your baby is able to hold their head steady while you hold them upright. This is because the neck muscles are strengthening. You’ll also notice that their eyes follow objects, they’re able to transfer objects from hand to hand, and they start to roll over and laugh.
After 5 months, babies might even be able to sit up for short durations. This will eventually lead them to figuring out that they can sit for longer periods by placing their hands out in front of them, taking up the tripod position. At about 6 months, babies can sit well unsupported. In the seventh month, they’re often adept enough at sitting that they can move around the spot and reach out to grasp toys beyond their immediate reach.
Prior to this sitting period, your baby spent most of their time lying on their back, on their tummy, hitched to your hip, or breastfeeding. They’ve only seen the world from these angles, and they’re really not able to do much from there.
Sitting, however, allows babies to view the world from a different vantage point. It enables them to play with their toys in a different way and develop greater spatial understanding.
While this new position might be stimulating and interesting to your baby, they will likely lose interest and fall back to the prone position where they are up close and personal with their toys.