I recently came across an article that had a title that scared parents into reading it. It was about the “W sit” and it said that people should stop their children from doing this immediately. So I want to give you some feedback about the “W sit.” The “W sit” is when children roll their thighs in and their lower leg is sitting on the outside of the thigh. This makes them look like they are making a letter “W” with their legs.
The article I read said this could create orthopedic problems and I completely agree. I believe this could affect them later in life. However, there is so much more to the story. We should be asking why the child is sitting in the “W sit.” That is the most important question. When a child doesn’t feel stable sitting in the upright position they create more surface area of coverage by turning their legs inward to create the “W sit.”
When your child is sitting like this they are not engaging their core. When they are not engaging their core properly they probably didn’t crawl properly or not long enough. They may have walked too early or too late. The child probably displayed several signs to tell you they weren’t headed in the right direction. By the time your child is 6 or 7 it will be difficult to get them to stop. They have been sitting this way for so long it will be hard for them to tell their brain to stop.
This is why it is so important to get a developmental assessment for your child. Is your child going in the right direction?