Don’t Let Your Toddler Sit In THIS Position!
In addition to what is lost in the hips, legs, and ankles, there is less of a need for the shoulders and torso to develop to stabilize the body’s posture. Muscles that are used to make the “W” position will become stiffer, and there could be a loss of the ability for the muscles to contract.
If the child prefers the “W” position, it could also have impacts on fine motor skills such as walking, writing, etc. Rotation of the trunk (the bottom half of the torso and upper legs) is limited in this position, and it is this rotation that is needed to keep the body balanced. If you try to walk without swinging your arms, it’ll be incredibly awkward.
When an activity requires hands crisscrossing over the body, such as possibly pulling off a shirt or some stretching, or reaching over to get a toy, less rotation in the trunk is a bad, bad thing.
However, there is something parents can do to help keep their child from developing a favor of the “W” position. They can be aware and vigilant in keeping their child from sitting in this position for long periods of time. Playing games and teaching the child to recognize when to move out of the “W” position or to simply prefer a better position can help. Alternating standing and sitting during activities can also help promote less favor of the “W”.
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There are plenty of other ways to sit that do not harm the child’s body. One favorite of everyone who knows about child development is sitting tailor, Indian, pretzel, or criss-cross applesauce. This is the one where children sit as if they’re a pretzel. Another is the long sit, with legs out in front.