sitting up..??

Kati - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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my daughter will be 4 months old next friday and she doesnt even try to sit up on her on .. well when she is laid back she tries to sit up but when i sit her up she doesnt try to balance herself at all .. i was just wondering if any of ur babies r sitting up or what age should they really start learning to get balanced good????

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Maria - posted on 04/20/2010

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She is at the "assisted sitting stage" meaning she should be able to sit at least for a few seconds with some kind of support like a boppy pillow or a blanket. Just remember every child is different and develop at their own pace so unless she is completly limp I wouldn't worry about it too much, she'll do it when she is ready.

Brittany - posted on 04/22/2010

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Don't worry...every child is different. My daughter sat up for the first time when she was 3.5 months old, but my son didn't until he was closer to 5 months. My nephew didn't sit up until he was 6 months. Your daughter will sit when she's ready....in the meantime, you can always prop her up into a sitting position to give her a chance to build her strength. :) Using a Boppy works, but I always just used to couch for my son.

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2010

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I think Bumbos are made for when a baby can hold his head up well on his own, but before he can sit on his own... My son has been using his for at least a month now (he's 4 months old), and it has definitely been helpful when I'm in the kitchen cooking or cleaning because he can see everything I'm doing without being in the Baby Bjorn which is dangerous in those situations!

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Cher - posted on 04/26/2010

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well my baby is sitting up (not on his own of course), he's know 4 mths old and when i try to lay him down he is still getting up, when he's in his sitter or on his pillow he is trying to sit up, so i guess u can watch her but dont force her. different babies do diff things at their own pace and age..

Erica - posted on 04/25/2010

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The Bumbo chair is a life saver for me. My son loves it. They also have trays now which helps keep him active well sitting in there. He is trying to sit on his own also but hasnt found his balance yet. He is four months old now

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My son was born on dec 3rd and just started to sit tripod style last week on his own. I've always sat him on the boppy on my lap while im on the laptop so he can see what's going on and loved to hold onto my fingers when i pull him up to a sitting position. In the mornings, I try to do tummy time on my bed and sitting time so he can fall back and not get hurt. I also did a lot of propping up since he was able to hold his head up. So far he's sat as long as 5+ minutes without toppling over but he was too busy watching other babies so he was distracted. He topples over when he gets excited and throws his arms up. :)

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2010

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I regularly help my Little One (also 4 months old) practice sitting on her mat, in front of a mirror. She can sit unsupported for a very short while if I prop her arms up so she doesn't just topple over to the side.
You could perhaps try helping your wee girl sit up in front of a mirror too, if only to distract her a little with her reflection, or have some bright coloured toys in front of her, so she's concentrating on them and not what she's doing.
Ultimately though, she will do it in her own time. Try not to worry and just enjoy her. My SIL has twin girls who were born 3 months prem, they're 1 year old now and have only just started to sit unsupported. Each baby is different =)

Bek - posted on 04/25/2010

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my daughter is 4 months old and a few weeks ago she sat up on her own i was so excited and so was she according to the look on her face but since then shes only done it once or twice again. i regularly practice with her on the floor so theres not far to topple but i help her up try to find the balance point then we just go with it. i dont think not sitting on their own is a problem they all learn in their own time eventually just go with it.

Nadia - posted on 04/25/2010

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well every baby is different.. you won't believe but haven't yet started sitting my baby up who has just turned 4 months old.. the thing is when i try to he couldn't balancce himself, so its better i wait another month.. you should be patient too.. your daughter will be sitting up one day on her own and it'll surprise you :):)

Bea - posted on 04/25/2010

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my daughter just turned 4months also '& doesnt sit up unsupported..sometimes she will try.

Kerri-Anne - posted on 04/24/2010

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Apparently 6 months is when they can usually hold themselves up without support for a few seconds before falling over. Sitting usually develops with crawling
Of coarse ages are only a suggested indicator, each child is different

Tameka - posted on 04/24/2010

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All babies are different so I wouldn't worry too much. My first didn't roll over until she was 8 months (just couldn't be bothered, I guess) whereas my second has been rolling over since she was 4 weeks. On average, it's around 6 months. Just enjoy your baby as an individual. If things seem way out of whack then most definitely see your doc. Other than that, enjoy the fact that she's not yet mobile because soon you'll be racing after her making sure she doesn't tear your house to pieces!! :)

Sophie - posted on 04/23/2010

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The average age for sitting unsupported in 6months but it varies lots as all babies are different my son is 4.5 months and he sits unsupported but i was really shocked as it just happend over night and didnt really try much, and was expecting him to be sitting at around 6months

Ema - posted on 04/22/2010

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my son will be 4 months on the 30th and he is now only just started to sit up on his own, he never liked lying down and was trying to sit from 2 months! but like everyone said everyone has said every baby is different, my nephew how is 5 months older than my son sat up at 7 months !

Liz - posted on 04/22/2010

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I put both of my index fingers in each of my daughter's hands and pull her up. she uses my fingers to balance and I help her out when she starts to fall one way or another. It works really well. Be sure that your baby is ready to be pulled up this way first. :)

Shannon - posted on 04/22/2010

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I agree - every baby is different and will learn when their muscles are strong enough. They learn to sit after they attempt crawling and end up falling into a slight sitting position - they don't need assistance and if their bodies are not ready to sit, they shouldn't be propped up to encourage sitting. Remember it's about the milestone, not the timing. Before you know it your baby will be sittling/moving/running etc. Enjoy your babies unique timeline and be excited that her body is designed to discover how to reach these milestones as it grows stronger :)

Kati - posted on 04/22/2010

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thanks everyone .. she goes to the doc mon for a 4 mon check up .. so i can get an idea about the milestones she is supposed to be hitting at this age .. but thanks for all the advice!!

Shelly - posted on 04/21/2010

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so true,, Remiann is my 6th and they all have been different...just let her be and to your surprise she will be doing it in no time

Shelly - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hi Kati, our daughter does the samething she rolls grabs her feet and trys to pull up but doesnt want to sit on her own...her dr said not to worry within the next two months we will see a difference, but my husband says shes gonna just bypass that and go right into standing...maybe your will to...I wouldnt worry

Nichole - posted on 04/21/2010

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My friends baby didnt sit up until he was 7months. My baby girl is almost 5 months and she started trying to sit after she turned 4 months but she is still not sitting on her own. I use several things to encourage her in addition to sitting in my lap, I also use the bumbo (I think she feels like a big girl in it cause she can play one on one with me face to face on the floor of course), also the boppy pillow, and prop her between the couch cushions and let her pull up with my fingers. She is doing well and is very interested now!

Kerri - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter is 4 months and doesn't like lying down and tries to sit up herself lifting her head and the top of her back up, they are still very young and will not be able to sit completely up unassisted.Babies are all different and one pitfall of motherhood is to many women worry themselfes unnecessarily about whether their child is behind or not doing what they are 'supposed' to be doing, likewise with rolling over, crawling, walking etc.At her age i would not sit her on your lap without holding her...they still suddenly flop or try and make an escape by jumping out of your arms lol.I wouldn't worry love, when you do sit her up on your lap you will see her wobble, that is perfectly fine since their muscles are not yet strong enough to support themselves without assistance x

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It's fine for older infants but not for the lil ones say 1-3 months, their neck and back muscles aren't fully developed yet. Now putting them in for a few minutes at a time shouldn't do any harm, but many leave their lil ones in for longer than that. I try other things w/ my daughter, like supported sitting (like on my lap) for a few minutes, tummy time etc.

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2010

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My 4 month old doesn't sit up on her own yet either. She does sit up supported. I thought that babies weren't really supposed to sit up unassisted until 6 months, but I could be wrong. I have to agree with Jill, try using the Bumbo. I used it with my 2 year old and it helped a lot with getting him to learn how to sit on his own. You shouldn't have a problem with the Bumbo as long as you follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions. You should NEVER put the Bumbo on a raised surfaced. You're supposed to use it on the floor only. Good luck!

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I don't like the Bumbo chairs at all and would not recommend putting a baby in there that doesn't know how to sit on her own yet. That's just my opinion though.

Jill - posted on 04/21/2010

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Have you tried a BUMBO chair - they are awesome....my baby doesn't sit up yet either...but sits in his bumbo chair!

Mikka - posted on 04/21/2010

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For my son its all about the interaction. My first was very independent, but this one needs to have me working with him. He will be 4 months on the 26th, and if I am holding his hands he is happy to balance and sit up and work on control. If I prop him with a boppy or something though, even if I am right there, he makes no attempt.

Sheila - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter is sometimes the same way. Though she is at a stage where she hates lying down, so she fusses until she's sitting on my lap, I have to hold on to her so she won't topple. Babies develop differently but I think the average age is around 6 months for them to sit up on their own without needing any help. Just encourage your little one and sit her up in your lap or prop her up on pillows to help her learn.

Kati - posted on 04/20/2010

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well when i sit her up she just falls forward or what ever way she decides to go..

Darlene - posted on 04/20/2010

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Every baby is different. The little one I watch didn't sit up on his own until almost 7 months, yet his sister was sitting up by 5 months. My son will sit with minimal help at times, and at other times, not at all! To practice sitting, I sometimes use the boppy pillow around his back and sit in front of him so he can see me.

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