After spending months cosy and warm in the womb, your newborn had no control or strength in their limbs and spine.
As the months passed by though, each of their seemingly random (and super cute!) kicks was a workout for your little one’s core strength and their legs. No doubt Mum was pretty relieved that the kicks were happening in the outside world, too!
When junior was around 5 months old, the act of curiously looking around to better see their surroundings also concentrated the development of their back muscles.
This helped your youngster to lift their head (which was oversized in relation to their body at this stage) and prepare for the big step of being able to roll.
Rolling from the tummy onto the back activated their core muscles so that by the time little miss or mister was 7–10 months old they were able to sit upright.
And it’s been a work in progress to encourage this upright posture ever since!
Your child may need help with their posture if they do any of the following:
- ‘Slump’ or ‘hunch’ their shoulders while sitting or standing
- Rest their head in their hands
- Look tired or distracted
- Wriggle and/or change position regularly
- Rock on their chair