W-sitting is when a child sits on the floor with his or her bum between their legs, and their knees are bent in front of them and their legs are rotated away from their body. From a birds-eye view, it looks like the legs are forming a “W”. This position is super stable for children to sit in.
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.
I'm often asked as a pediatric physiotherapist, “Can I use a bumbo, floor-seat, exersaucer, jolly-jumper with my baby?” This is a highly controversial topic in the therapy world, and quite often a polarizing one. Over the years, even my own opinion has changed as I’ve grown as a therapist and become a mother myself. Here's my answer ...
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.
Crawling, or any form of locomotion typically emerges between 7-11 months. There are various forms of crawling, from the classic hands and knees to the army crawl, or even the bum scoot. Provided there are no other developmental concerns, babies do not need to perform classic crawling.
What is plagiocephaly (baby head shape flattening)? Plagiocephaly is a fancy term for flat head syndrome. There are actually 2 types: plagiocephaly (where one side of the head is flatter than the other, commonly associated with torticollis), and brachycephaly (flat head across the whole back of the skull).