The Right Time to Sit Your Baby Up in a Pram

As a parent, one of the delightful milestones you'll anticipate is the moment you can sit your baby up in a pram to see the world together. The Childhealthy team is here to guide you on when this moment can safely occur.

When to sit your baby up: A baby can typically support their head at around three months old, which is a good time to start using the pushchair seat in a reclined position. However, it's around four to five months that their neck muscles are developed enough for more upright travel in the pram. According to national guidance, you should wait until your baby can sit up by themselves before transitioning to a more upright pushchair.


Guidelines for pram positioning: It's essential to keep your baby in a lie-flat position until around four to five months  to prevent potential spinal issues while their spine is still developing. This is also why babies shouldn't be in a car seat for extended periods.

Developing sitting skills: Most babies can sit independently for several minutes by about six to nine months of age and can get into a sitting position by themselves by around nine months. To be extra cautious, waiting until your baby is at least six months old can be a safer bet, ensuring they are developmentally ready for sitting up in a pram without risk of falling.

Top 5 Tips for Pram Safety from Childhealthy:

  1. Start with a reclined position once your baby can hold their head up.
  2. Transition to an upright pushchair only when your baby can sit unassisted.
  3. Always keep the pram in a lie-flat position until your baby is about four to five months old.
  4. Watch for your baby’s developmental cues and consult your health visitor if unsure.
  5. Safety first: Ensure your baby is securely strapped in and never leave them unattended.

Your baby's comfort and safety: Each baby is unique, and their readiness to sit up in a pram will vary. If you ever have concerns about whether your baby is ready for this next step, our Childhealthy team is always here to support you.

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Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.

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