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Anyone know anyone about this or have a toddler that does it.<br><br>
I never really noticed it before, but about 2 weeks back I was glancing though an issue of <i>Parent's Magazine</i> and they had an article in there about 'W' sitting and how it is bad for a child's hips and you should never let them do it. I also have an acquaintance who is a PT and says the same thing.<br><br>
My 21 month old sits like this all the time if he is playing on the floor. Not for long periods of time...because..he's a 21-month old boy and doesn't sit for long periods of time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and of course he sits regularly in a high chair or on someone's lap. I don't remember my other kids sitting like this, however he is definitely the most active of all my kids and I think he sits like that because it is easier to get up again, rather than taking the actual time to put his legs in front of him.<br><br>
Anyway, anyone know anything about this or if it is something that should be corrected. My general inclination is if it's comfortable for them, to not worry about it. ..but then you read these things and start to wonder....<br><br><br>
{ 'W' sitting is when a child sits on their butt with their legs behind them, forming a w. They get into that position from a kneeling position. Think of someone kneeling on the floor and they then just spread their legs apart a bit and put their bum flat on the floor. The legs stay spread behind them. That is 'W' sitting It's not actually sitting on the legs, like if you were kneeling for long periods of time and wanted to rest. }
 

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That always looks so uncomfortable, I'm sure they wouldn't do it if it hurt. My almost 10 yr old sits like that sometimes, I don't worry about it. I haven't noticed any of the others do it.
 

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I always thought that if it were bad for anything, it would be bad for their knees. It looks AWFUL, but I havent given it much thought. My two year old sits like that sometimes, but I dont discourage it.<br><br>
ETA-I have two boys, and they both like to pull, yank, stretch, and claw at their, erm, nether regioins. I have yet to read an article that says you shouldn't let your boys do that because it is bad for their reproductive growth. At the same, it doesnt look like its all that good for them, and I swear it must hurt. But obviously if they are doing it, it must not. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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kids are so darned bendy! My feeling is if they can move their bodies in ways that seem foreign to us, and they're not hurting, what harm can it do? Certainly I can't sit like a W anymore but I know some yoga-types that can. I wonder what they say about toddlers who like to watch rhythmic gymnastics on youtube and then try it out!! (dd's favorite thing)
 

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I remember sitting like that & my hips are fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I always thought kids sat that way a lot, at least up to a certain age.
 

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My DS sits like that a lot too (24 months). He has for a while. He has an early childhood therapist that works with his speech that continually makes him sit another way when she's with him because of the hip thing. Then, I always get a lecture on letting him sit like that.<br><br>
Personally, I let him sit however he wants. My brother sat like that for years, still can now at 28, and has no hip issues whatsoever. It looks uncomfortable but if he's comfortable doing it, then I figure fine. I personally don't buy that it will screw up your hips permanently.
 

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dd1 sat like that during the toddler years, occasionally. I used to hear a lot about how bad it was for her, but as far as I can see it's had no bad effects on her-- she's 5 1/2 and her physical development is entirely normal.
 

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Two of my triplets used to do it a lot and the PTs used to try and make them stop. (They were seeing PTs proactively based on risks due to their prematurity.) About the time they gave it up naturally, the pediatrician gave me a copy of very recent research showing that there were no long term impacts on kids who did it naturally.<br><br>
I wish I had the citation, but I read the article and recycled it.
 

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My son does this; he's 4.5. He's been in PT since he was 11 months old for gross motor delays, and the therapist has always encouraged him to not sit like that, but has never emphasized any long-term damage as a result of W-sitting. But all I have to do is ask him to "sit right" and he changes positions - it's like a reflex now, LOL. I can't imagine it's good for knee development, but he's obviously not uncomfortable now.
 

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Being a ballet teacher W sitting is definitely discouraged because it encourages turning in of the legs, and in ballet you aim for maximum turnout. Of course for most people that doesn't matter. However as I understand it when a child is sitting in the W position she/ he has a more stable base and doesn't have to use their trunk muscles to balance as much. I think this is why you see it a lot with children with low muscle tone. Also I believe if a child sits in the W position <b><i>all the time</i></b> it can create tightness in the legs so that the child will later have difficulty sitting cross legged. Occasional W sitting wouldn't concern me but if my child was sitting like that all the time I would encourage other alternatives.<br><br>
I thought t<a href="http://www.tmcsea.org/districtservices/documents/W-sitting.pdf" target="_blank">his article</a> was really good (just one page) on W sitting and why it would be discouraged.
 

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We actually practice sitting that way in one of my yoga classes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I think sometimes it corresponds with kids who have issues with low muscle tone, but I'm not sure how often it exists separate from that. Maybe read about low muscle tone and see if anything else fits, and go from there?
 

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My DD used to sit like that all the time. She had Early Intervention for speech therapy, but they looked at everything else at the same time as her speech evaluation. They brought the W sitting to my attention then, and DD's speech therapist also worked on getting her to sit in a different way. At five years old now, I don't think DD sits like that anymore. The EI folks also said it was bad for hip development.
 

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I sat like that as a child and it drove my mom nuts! As I recall, I considered it very comfortable. I was very UNcomfortable in the cross legged position everyone wanted me to sit in. I was very active and seem to recall it being much quicker to get up from that position. I never had low muscle tone and was a very healthy kid.<br><br>
Truthfully though, and I don't know if it was related, but I did get made fun of in school for running funny. I was fast and could run all day, but my feet kind of flipped out when I ran. I seemed to grow out of it, they don't do that anymore. My son doesn't sit like that, but he does run a similar way, so perhaps it is unrelated.<br><br>
I can not sit this way comfortably anymore.
 

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I did this for a long time as a kid, and it did cause me problems (apparently). I was taken to a doctor regarding the fact that my knees turned in too much while I walked (or something to that effect?) I remember being in the office and the dr told me to sit on the floor. Once he saw the "w" sit he said that was the problem. I was told to start sitting cross legged. I remember that this was difficult for me at first. But I was much older than two at the time - grade 3 or 4? No long term effects for me that I've noticed.<br><br>
Personally, I wouldn't stress over it too much, but encourage the child to sit a different way when it's convenient.
 

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I still do it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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So that's why my knees turn in?!? I sat like this as a child and still do sometimes. And my knees do turn in. However no probs with my hips. My 13 month old DD sits like this also and I never gave it a second thought. Hmm, I'll have to do some research.
 

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Our therapists told us not to let DS sit "W" style, because it's hard on their hips and joints so we discourage it and encourage him to sit with his knees up under him straight.
 

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Wow... this brings me back. I always sat like that as a child and it was very comfortable. I remember a lot of people saying, "Sit Indian style," and they said that was comfortable but it was actually totally uncomfortable to me. I just wasn't flexible enough to sit cross-legged like that. I have always had bad posture and have been very inflexible. I also have hip problems. I don't know if the W sitting caused that or not. I wish I could still W sit. There is no way for me to sit comfortably on the floor now.
 
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