Babies these days are getting really good at sitting. The invention of the Bumbo seat has definitely helped with this (although it is a great tool for kids who need extra help with sitting to develop other skills). Its also a lot easier to pick your baby up and sit them down. What I am proposing, once they start to develop movement and some trunk control, is to take an extra few seconds and help them get into sitting. By practicing transitional movements earlier, they develop their motor planning abilities, improve their coordination, and develop the strength they will need to achieve higher level motor skills. Transitional skills such as learning how to get into sitting will also help your child further develop independent movement which promotes exploration and cognitive skills. It allows your child a chance to initiate when they want to change their perspective from being on the ground to sitting up. It gives them a whole new world to explore and can further increase their motivation to move and develop. This video will show you some ways to help your baby transition from lying on their back to getting into sitting. As you watch the trunk muscles activate you can also see how it is a great core exercise. At the last part you see him learning how to modulate his movement so he doesn’t overshoot his target, as well as how to problem solve to accomplish the task. Transitional movements are a great learning opportunity for your baby. Check out Developing Sitting Balance for ideas on how to work on sitting balance.