At what age can a child sit up? This is a question that is often asked. In the health booklet, for the 9-month check, there is the question: can your child sit up? The question should be asked in this way: can your child sit up?
Officially, a child knows how to sit up when it knows and holds the four-legged position. This is normally done around the age of 9 months. After that he finds out how to move from the four-legged position into the sitting position.
Today many parents think that sitting is prohibited before the child can sit up by himself. As a general rule, a child is put in a high chair to eat from 7 months onwards for a meal and there is nothing wrong with doing this. It will not harm the spine.
It is also okay to hold your child regularly on your lap. You should not teach your child to sit up with support cushions, or even to sit up on the floor or on the sofa on his own before he is 9 months old. In order to find the sitting position, you must already be able to turn from the back onto the stomach.
The children learn to push themselves on the arms that make the chest rise to look for their parents who are moving away. This is the sphinx position.
Then there is the clock that sets in. A nice clock is a movement on the stomach to the right or left. If you look closely, as the child's head looks towards his feet on the same side, his knee bends to the side where the child is looking. When the head rotates to the other side, the knee on the side where the child is looking bends and the opposite knee returns to extension.
This action can be repeated as many times as the child wishes. If the knee does not bend during the rotation, it cannot be called a clock. In order to have a nice clock you need to rotate the head to one side and on the same side bend the arm and the knee and on the opposite side extend the arm and the knee.
The clock allows two new acquisitions: the first one is to turn over on the back.
Often the child will use the roll to move around 8-9 months. The combination of the sphinx and the clock then allows the child to climb onto the knees in flexion and finally reach the four-legged position.
Between the two acquisitions, rolling over onto the back and getting into a crawling position, there is about 2 to 3 months of evolution. Now the child is in a crawling position and will rock.
Rocking is a back and forth movement in a crawiling position without moving. The child controls its stability and makes sure that it does not collapse.
In this crawling position he will rotate his bum to the side, place his bum next to his heels and then do a weight-transfer to bring the upper body back into the sitting position.
To get out of the sitting position the child will follow exactly the same path. A rotation to the side with the upper body to support the hands and then lift the bum and put them over the knees.
A child learns the sitting position by himself. Therefore, a maximum amount of time on the floor from birth should be respected, which is the basis for passing through all the important stages of motor development. A good motor babymat is therefore necessary so that the child can develop comfortably on the floor, which is why the TAMOLI was created.