7 1/2 month old not sitting up yet

Jill - posted on 12/04/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is a little over 7 months old and is not sitting up yet and doesn't seem to have any interest in doing so. Does anyone else have the same problem? Should I be concerned?

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Janine - posted on 12/19/2010

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Try not too worry! :)
My first did literally NOTHING until he was one, didn't even roll!! Turns out he just couldn't be bothered, at 1 he started crawling then at 15 months walking.
My second who is nearly 8 months now has been rolling since 6 weeks, sitting and crawling since 6 months and I am pretty sure it wont be long before she starts walking. :(
They are all so different and do things in their own time. Having had both ends of the spectrum, I know which one I prefer!! At least I always new where my first was! LOL :)

Gemma - posted on 12/13/2010

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My LO turned 8 months yesterday and doesn't sit up. She rolls onto her tummy all the time then gets frustrated and cries until I give in and turn her over but I have seen her roll onto her back several times when she thinks I'm not looking. She loves sitting up in her Bumbo or against my legs so I know she ha the ability she just hasn't worked out her centre of balance yet. She'll get there when she's ready. As long as she shows she is/will be able to do it I'm not worried. If she was still all floppy and couldn't support her head or anything I'd get someone to look at her. I know she's developing well and she's happy so I'll let her reach those milestones in her own time. Just relax and enjoy his dependance on you. It won;t be long before he's managing everything himself and you'll miss it all.

Kate - posted on 12/13/2010

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agree - as long as they are trying and you can see there's motivation to do things, don't worry too much about how fast / soon.
my LO sat on her own just before 7 months, then stopped for a bit and now at 7.5months is sitting on her own unsupported. sometimes they're concentrating on mastering other skills so their focus is on that. :)

Cassie - posted on 12/12/2010

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my son is 71/2 months and is crawling and walking around things buthe dosent like sitting up either he can do it he just prefers to be on his back,bellly and crawling and plling him self up on the furinture so i dont think its a major to worry about hell do it wen hes redy just keep incouraging him and wen hes sitting in between ur legs give him a toy to play with that helpes with my son so hes interested in somethink wile hes sitting, he should be fine thow :)

Jill - posted on 12/05/2010

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Thanks. I feel much better. I was getting a little concerned. My son loves to roll around too! Ok- so Il will give it a little time and hope that he gets there! :)

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Dona - posted on 12/19/2010

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If you put them in a highchair or have them sit supported with a boppy (with supervision) it will help build coordination and muscles used for sitting. My Dr said another thing you can do is, show them to use their hands at first to balance then eventually they get it. Target age is closer to 9 mos so you still have time to practice!

Stacy - posted on 12/14/2010

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my son just turned 8 months on the 9th. We had been trying to get him to sit on his own for a few months, but he never seemed to want to, either. He would just flop backward if we let go. Then, the day after Thanksgiving, Daddy set him on the floor, and he stayed up. It's the first time he stayed up for more than 2 seconds, and now he can sit unsupported all the time. It happened very suddenly for my DS, and I'm sure it will for yours as well. Just keep trying! Good luck!

Jeanette - posted on 12/12/2010

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My daughter is 8 months old and she doesn't do anything! She is my 5 child and she was born 3 weeks early and had major open heart surgery at 8 days old so that could be part of it. Plus, she only weighs 12lbs! She is trying to roll over but hasn't made it yet. But I am not concerned. She will achieve these goals in her own time. She is healthy and doing well! That is what I am most concerned about! All kids are different!

Candace - posted on 12/12/2010

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mines the same age and hes getting close but still is not quite there, from ready and asking ppl i think ur baby is right on track

Janelle - posted on 12/11/2010

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I got some great advice from my cousin about this. He said to me... Is there any sign that they will never do this? Is there any medical reason this is not possible for them? Then why be concerned. Every baby developes in their own way and their own time. I would not be worried about this at all. Enjoy the stage he is at! People always want the next thing and can not wait for all the firsts but dont forget the lasts! I only wish my little man was still laying on the floor and not wanting to sit and try to climb!

Jael - posted on 12/08/2010

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He just doesn't feel like it probably my daughter went through a phase where she would not even try to sit up for about 3 weeks and then all the sudden when I put a big cube shaped toy in front of her she sat up perfectly straight-- she knew how but didn't find a reason to until then. I wouldn't be concerned just keep giving him chances.

Nicky - posted on 12/08/2010

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I know a few babies that roll around the floor so confidently, but dont sit up, whereas my girl sits up, but doesnt roll, they're all different, so dont worry too much if he can hold his head up and looks strong then there is no problem
I have heard that you can sit them in the washing basket... I didnt try this, but know of a few people that did this as 'sitting training' apparently it doesnt take long and the washing basket is like an all round barrier but gives them room to start to fall and get their core muscles strong....

Kathleen - posted on 12/08/2010

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Its okay i wouldn't worry too much my 7 month old can sit up on her a bit but not where i can leave her alone she still falls down it does take time and he will get the hang of it the best thing to do is use a boppy and he will get it

Jessica - posted on 12/04/2010

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i've heard babies don't really start sitting up without support until 9 months of age. My son is trying to sit up on his own and he is 7 months, but for him to sit we have to put him in that position. He is also crawling :)

Katie - posted on 12/04/2010

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My little girl's going to be 8 months on Tuesday, and really doesn't sit up either. She CAN for a little while, but she just leans back and falls into my lap. I think that she thinks it's a game. Her dr says that a lot of babies don't sit up until closer to 8 month. She's not crawling, but she rolls everywhere. Her dr says that a lot of babies don't crawl until 9 months either. I don't think you should be concerned. Her pediatrician doesn't seem concerned that she's really not sittin up or crawling yet. If you're concerned, you could always bring it up at her next drs appt.

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