- A perching stool (provided by an occupational therapist (OT) or the Red Cross) allows you to semi-sit, which is helpful in the kitchen or at the top of the stairs to take a rest, or in a shower. It is the perfect height to feed a baby in a high chair. If you are using it at the kitchen worktop, open a cupboard to put your knees in, so you stay straight. Alternatively, have a chair in the kitchen so you can carry out tasks sitting down (but make sure it is well-cushioned).
- Try not to sit in one position for too long, as this can cause stiffness and discomfort when you stand up.
- To ease sitting on the floor, try a Sissel rubber cushion (which you can find online) filled with air, or other supportive cushion. This helps to take the strain off your knees and lower back, and can also be knelt on or used behind the knees when kneeling.
- Try a gel or comfy coccyx cushion (which you can find online) for extra padding or support and carry it with you when you go out.
- Sitting in bed with your legs straight can strain the pubic symphysis. It can be better to sit in a chair.
- Make sure you have a seat you are comfortable in. Make that space yours by having things around you that you will need for the day, such as your nappy changing bag, the telephone, the television remote control, magazines, flasks etc.
- Try to buy one that you can put your baby into whilst standing behind, or one the baby can climb into, such as a Stokke chair.
Content reviewed and updated in 2016.