M.D. asks from Lebanon, NJ on November 02, 2008
8 Month Old Not Sitting Up
My daughter is 8 months old. She can roll onto her belly from her back , but not the other way bely to back she also has no desire to sit up at all, should I be worried ? I told my doctor that last time we saw him and she was 7months ,he didn't see a problem, but I am starting to worry. Any advice or help would be appreciated. I know all babies are different, but still not sure if this is normal. She is trying to crawl but not there yet!!
M.O. answers from New York on November 03, 2008
My 10 month old son just started sitting up on his own two weeks ago. I was beginning to worry, but the ped said all was fine. And in truth, he looked so happy with what he was doing (beginning to crawl) I could see that he had no interest in sitting (why sit when you can discover the world by scooting around?) And then out of nowhere, one day he was sitting up. And then a few days ago (again out of nowhere) he's pulling himself up into standing position. What amazes me is that I didn't see the progression of him trying. It was just one day he felt like doing it, so he did it. Your daughter may be the same. Just enjoy her and watch her absolutely love crawling.
K.I. answers from New York on November 03, 2008
If your baby is chubby it will be harder for her to sit up.
If she is still making the effort to try than don't worry about it. My nephew was 10 pounds when he was born and had a big head and he was nice and chubby - not fat, (he's not fat now either at 18yrs) - its that perfect baby chubbiness.
If her head is bigger than her body - its just not going to happen. My daugher didn't even crawl she just walked at nine months! I was worrying about crawling and she just begun to walking. After that I didn't bother about the charts. You can work with her. Like help her stand up and let her fall down and help her stand up and let her fall down. Make it like a game and she will love it.
Be open minded - every child is different and don't compare babies - its too much stress.
L.E. answers from Albany on November 03, 2008
My youngest son (age 22) did not roll over until he was 12 months. He started crawling at 11 months. He walked at 15 months. His speech wasn't the greatest either and now he is the captain of his college hockey team.
I know it is worrisome. Use your mom intuition over the doctors. i'd say if she didn't have any muscle tone in her back to hold herself up then the doctor would notice.
Some kids are slow starters but at some point they catch up!
S.K. answers from New York on November 03, 2008
some babies never really want to sit up...my first child never really cared to and she walked at not quite 8 months.
let her crawl, stand her up in your lap or on the floor and let her stand holding onto your pinkies, or put her in a walker and prop her back a little to promote her keeping her back straight nstead of slumped...she'll do it when she's ready
a side note...this was typed one-handed while holding my 2mo old :) apologies for poor grammar!
E.G. answers from New York on November 03, 2008
have you tried a bumbo seat?
D.R. answers from New York on November 03, 2008
You will probably hear this a dozen times but every baby is different. Just be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for her to practice her skills and she will get there. I have twins who are so different. My daughter would practice and practice to roll over, or walk and it would take her much longer than my son. He would just out of the blue do it! I remember he HATED to be on his beely so I thought he wold never roll...then one day to everyone's surprise he just rolled. I think he as shocked too. SO my point is that each child is different and it will happen when they are ready. Just be sure to encourage and upport her and provide lots of time to practice. She'll get thereand once she does there's no lookin' back! ;)
K.H. answers from Utica on November 03, 2008
Congrats on wonderful child and realizing that MD may have some advice for you. Sounds like MD did, saw no problem. That is good news. Encourage sitting, and other typical development and continue to mention it at MD appts,
One of the girls from my set of twins seemed to be always on target with the charts, and then there was the other. I brought her into MD specifically at 10 months because she would not pick her head up even when I laid her on the floor. Her twin sister was crawling. Since I worked special needs I knew we had passed the line. Made special appt, and MD said she seems fine, and mention it next month if still a problem but I think she will catch up. OK, did I believe that No, did I want that Yes I am glad he believed that because it saved my daughter lots of testing. By the time we went in for checkup, she was pulling herself up on the furniture and cruising around the house. He was thankful he was right also. By a year they were both walking.
One of the girls development is steady like walking up a ramp, the other is more like walking up steps with long landings. When she gets there she just goes up.
Today, both girls are in college. My ramp learner decided she wanted to live on campus and go to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, which she is pursuing. The steps learner was not quite ready to leave home so is at the community college. She is finishing her first semester and she and I can both see she is ready to go off to college. She is going to finish there but is looking into colleges much further away and we are thankful now that she has these 2 years at home.
I am trusting God that your situation turns out as well.
Please let me know what happens next.
Probably old enough to be your mom, talk to her she probably has stories too
K. SAHM married 38 years --- 4 adult children 37entrepreneur, 32 lawyer who had our first grandbaby this summer, and the twins are 18.
J.H. answers from Syracuse on November 03, 2008
I wouldn't worry...our 3rd (Ava) has done everything - EVERYTHING - slower than our first 2...
She's just a little pokey...enjoy it while you can - pretty soon you'll be on the go all day chasing her!