“W-sitting” is a commonly used position by children. In this position, children sit on their bottoms, with their knees bent, feet tucked under, and their legs splayed out to the side in what looks like a “W”.
This is a normal sitting position because children feel supported and secure. Many parents do not know or recognize the danger of letting a child sit like this for too long.
Sitting in a “W” position too often or for too long can negatively impact a child’s development and growth patterns.
The only way to stop or fix this poor seating habit is with consistency. Teach the child how to sit correctly and remind them of how to sit on the floor. One may also invest in a small desk or table with a chair.