At What Age Do Babies Sit?

Babies begin to sit anywhere from 4-6 months, with independent sitting emerging closer to 6 months.

Babies will often first sit in what’s called the “tripod” position, meaning that the legs are spread wide and the hands are down in front supporting their body.

As they get stronger, they should begin to lift their hands and reach for objects. Protective reactions emerge around this time as well, and you may start to see them try and catch themselves if they lean too far to the side.

Backwards is last

Backwards (posterior) protective reactions emerge last, so you may want to keep a pillow handy to place behind them in case they fall!

The general information provided on the Website is for informational purposes and is not medical advice.

Do NOT use this Website for medical emergencies.

If you have a medical emergency, call a physician or qualified healthcare provider, or CALL 911 immediately. Under no circumstances should you attempt self-treatment based on anything you have seen or read on this Website. Always seek the advice of your physician or other licensed and qualified health provider in your jurisdiction concerning any questions you may have regarding any information obtained from this Website and any medical condition you believe may be relevant to you or to someone else. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website.

About Jennifer Halfin, PT, MSc(A)PT, Reg (Ont)

Jennifer Halfin is a registered physiotherapist working in the field of pediatrics. She works with children of all ages, helping them to achieve their motor milestones through various therapeutic approaches.

View All Posts