{rtfansideff0{fonttbl{f0 Cambria;}}{colortblred0green0blue0;}paperw12240paperh15840margl0margr0margt0margb0sectdsbknonesectedcols1colno1colw12240pardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-240parpardplainli1802sl-281f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 WHY ALL THE u8220?HOOPLAu8221? ABOUT u8220?Wu8221? SITTING?! parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 You see it all the time. Kids like to sit with their feet splayed out behind their parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 bottoms. When therapists and sports coaches see this sitting position, they react as parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 though someone just scratched their fingers down a chalkboard. Why? parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 To begin, while the little legs of toddlers and young children are quite flexible, the parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 u8220?Wu8221? sitting position stretches the tendons that wrap around the knees. Not a big parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 deal for flexible little bodies, but if perpetuated, f0fs24charscalex89cf0bi0ul0strike0 the tendons become lax and can parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 cause trouble later in life, especially as they grow and begin engaging in parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 rigorous sporting activities. parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 But hereu8217?s the big problem about u8220?W Sittingu8221? for your child right now. When u8220?W parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex88cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Sitting,u8221? the body is locked down and the chance to fall over is minimized. This is a parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex96cf0b0i0ul0strike0 good thing-u173?u8208?right? Wrongf0fs24charscalex96cf0bi0ul0strike0 ! When the child sits properly, the trunk muscles are parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex97cf0bi0ul0strike0 activated to help maintain balance and sit in an upright position.f0fs24charscalex97cf0b0i0ul0strike0 That doesnu8217?t parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 happen when f0fs24charscalex89cf0bi0ul0strike0 u8220?Wu8221? sitting. f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 As a result, the core muscles donu8217?t get the workout they parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex96cf0b0i0ul0strike0 need. That f0fs24charscalex96cf0bi0ul0strike0 leads tof0fs24charscalex96cf0b0i0ul0strike0 f0fs24charscalex96cf0bi0ul0strike0 less ability to balance, reach and move around effectively. parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 When kids get to school, the ability to sit up and pay attention in class is parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 compromised.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 I have worked with babies, just moving into the independent sitting stage. This is an parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 exciting time for parents. That little bundle begins to see the world higher off the parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex88cf0b0i0ul0strike0 ground rather than the floor. The arm can stretch and reach for toys, too difficult to parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex96cf0b0i0ul0strike0 obtain when lying on the tummy or back. Independence in floor time play lurks parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex88cf0b0i0ul0strike0 around the corner! As those little arms stretch and reach, the body gets a real work parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 out. Think core! parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24charscalex89cf0b0i0ul0strike0 When babies hunker into a u8220?W Sit,u8221? they limit their ability to reach very far. All the parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 great core work that happens in regular sitting positions wonu8217?t happen. Lost parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex98cf0b0i0ul0strike0 opportunity! Time to practice balancing while rocking side to side and reaching parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 beyond the center of gravity doesnu8217?t occur. parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 Why do some babies gravitate to this position? Here are the most common parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 reasons: parsectsectedsbknonecols2colno1colw2150colsr10colno2colw10080pardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex66cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardcolumnplainsl-280parpardplainli0sl-281f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 1.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Weak core strength parsectsectedsbknonecols1colno1colw12240pardplainli2162sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 2.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Fearful of falling parpardplainli2162sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 3.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Fearful of movement. parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24charscalex98cf0bi0ul0strike0 How do you help your baby get comfortable in crossed and straight leg sitting parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0bi0ul0strike0 positions? parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1902sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 1.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Help strengthen core muscles with tummy play parpardplainli1902sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 2.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Make sure your baby enjoys movement. Start with gentle rocking and parpardplainli2262sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 bouncing. Mix it up as the baby chortles with delight! sectsectdsbkpagepgwsxn12240pghsxn15840pardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-200parpardplainsl-240parpardplainli1902sl-281f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 3.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Prop your baby between your legs in a sitting position to play. parpardplainli1902sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 4.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Add some throw pillows around so the baby is assured of a soft landing! parpardplainli1902sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 5.f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 Encourage rolling. parpardplainli1802sl-283f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 parpardplainli1802sl-278f0fs24cf0b0i0ul0strike0 }