The W-sit, also called the reverse cross-legged position, is a sitting posture at which children sit on the floor or a bench with their legs in the form of a ‘W’. Although many children find this a comfortable posture, it can cause joint and muscle problems in short and long-term, especially in the back, hips, legs and feet. That is why it is important not to stimulate the W-sit.
In certain cases, however, the W-sit is a normal sitting position, for example when children exchange sitting position and adopt this as a temporary seat. Just make sure that the child is not in this position for too long, because then the muscles can not develop sufficiently. The consequences: inwardly turned feet and underdeveloped trunk and back muscles. Continue reading on the next page to find out how you can prevent your child from sitting in this sitting position and in which posture you can leave your child safe.