Tell me if this doesn't sound normal .. kinda worried

Stacey - posted on 02/13/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son born July 23rd 2008 seems so slow at the whole milestone thing.



He does sit up reall good but after a while he tends to fall forward??? He doesnt fall backwards or sideways, forward??? Have any of you mommies experienced this with your babies?



And another question, when my son is on his stomach he pushes up with his arms but more on his left side than his right side. Almost like the right side gets tired easily or something. Any suggestions to fix this?

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Teressa - posted on 02/15/2009

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That's totally normal. Babies sit up because they've strengthened their backs/tummies/necks/etc enough to hold their torsos steady. My daughter is still working on this and falls forward as well (she's VERY intruiged by her toes! :D). It's a lot of work to sit up!



To help him out, sit on the floor with him in front of you and hold him steady but putting your hands on his hips -- this will anchor him a bit better. Give him a toy to keep him busy.



You can also place a toy in front of one of his feet and help him to reach for it with the opposite hand while holding the other hand on his leg for balance. For example, he is sitting with his legs out to form a "V" shape. Place a rattle in front of his right foot. Hold his right hand on top of his right thigh for balance. Take his left hand and help him reach for the rattle. Let him attempt to sit back up on his own, helping only when he absolutely needs it and only enough to keep him from falling forward and hurting himself. Eventually, you'll have to do less and less to help him.



You can also buy a large plastic ball (the kind used for pilates and working out) and sit him on top of it. Hold onto his hips firmly and very gently bounce him.  You can also slowly roll the ball from side to side -- he'll have to work those little muscles to keep himself upright. If you try either of these, be very, VERY careful; keep a firm grip on him and be prepared for the possibility that he may attempt to stretch out and swing backwards or tip forward.



 



As for one arm being stronger than the other, that's normal of everyone so don't fret. If you want to help him build those arm muscles anyways, you can roll him onto his tummy and do a baby version of the wheelbarrow (kneel behind him and wait for him to push up onto his hands; hold his hips and gently lift his body off the floor so he is elevated on his hands). You can also sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Lay him on your right leg (he is laying across you and facing to the right). Scoot him forward enough that his hands rest on the floor and his tummy (not his chest) is on your leg. Take your left leg and put it on top of his legs and tush -- you are anchoring him so he wont spring forward and hit the floor if he decides to stop holding himself up (your legs are still straight out in front of you). Give him some toys to play with. Your best bet -- a bigger toy that forces him to hold himself up to see it (that FIsher Price dog that sings songs is a great example).



I hope these made sense! Good luck!!

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Kerryann - posted on 02/18/2009

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my son was born on the 20th of july when i sit him on the floor he also tends to fall forward onto his tummy then he goes of doing the army crawl. i wouldnt worry to much they all do it in the end



 

Cara - posted on 02/18/2009

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my son was born on the 17th and he cant even sit up by himself for more than like.. o the longest was probably 30 seconds.. thats being generous. and for the tummy thing, they have cool toys that you can lay your baby on his chest on and it turns (its off the floor) it might strengthen his right arm a bit!! they sell them at toys r us!!!!

Stacey - posted on 02/16/2009

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Quoting Teressa:



That's totally normal. Babies sit up because they've strengthened their backs/tummies/necks/etc enough to hold their torsos steady. My daughter is still working on this and falls forward as well (she's VERY intruiged by her toes! :D). It's a lot of work to sit up!






To help him out, sit on the floor with him in front of you and hold him steady but putting your hands on his hips -- this will anchor him a bit better. Give him a toy to keep him busy.






You can also place a toy in front of one of his feet and help him to reach for it with the opposite hand while holding the other hand on his leg for balance. For example, he is sitting with his legs out to form a "V" shape. Place a rattle in front of his right foot. Hold his right hand on top of his right thigh for balance. Take his left hand and help him reach for the rattle. Let him attempt to sit back up on his own, helping only when he absolutely needs it and only enough to keep him from falling forward and hurting himself. Eventually, you'll have to do less and less to help him.






You can also buy a large plastic ball (the kind used for pilates and working out) and sit him on top of it. Hold onto his hips firmly and very gently bounce him.  You can also slowly roll the ball from side to side -- he'll have to work those little muscles to keep himself upright. If you try either of these, be very, VERY careful; keep a firm grip on him and be prepared for the possibility that he may attempt to stretch out and swing backwards or tip forward.






 






As for one arm being stronger than the other, that's normal of everyone so don't fret. If you want to help him build those arm muscles anyways, you can roll him onto his tummy and do a baby version of the wheelbarrow (kneel behind him and wait for him to push up onto his hands; hold his hips and gently lift his body off the floor so he is elevated on his hands). You can also sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Lay him on your right leg (he is laying across you and facing to the right). Scoot him forward enough that his hands rest on the floor and his tummy (not his chest) is on your leg. Take your left leg and put it on top of his legs and tush -- you are anchoring him so he wont spring forward and hit the floor if he decides to stop holding himself up (your legs are still straight out in front of you). Give him some toys to play with. Your best bet -- a bigger toy that forces him to hold himself up to see it (that FIsher Price dog that sings songs is a great example).






I hope these made sense! Good luck!!



 



 



Your information was so helpful. Thank you SO much.





 

Teressa - posted on 02/15/2009

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That's totally normal. Babies sit up because they've strengthened their backs/tummies/necks/etc enough to hold their torsos steady. My daughter is still working on this and falls forward as well (she's VERY intruiged by her toes! :D). It's a lot of work to sit up!



To help him out, sit on the floor with him in front of you and hold him steady but putting your hands on his hips -- this will anchor him a bit better. Give him a toy to keep him busy.



You can also place a toy in front of one of his feet and help him to reach for it with the opposite hand while holding the other hand on his leg for balance. For example, he is sitting with his legs out to form a "V" shape. Place a rattle in front of his right foot. Hold his right hand on top of his right thigh for balance. Take his left hand and help him reach for the rattle. Let him attempt to sit back up on his own, helping only when he absolutely needs it and only enough to keep him from falling forward and hurting himself. Eventually, you'll have to do less and less to help him.



You can also buy a large plastic ball (the kind used for pilates and working out) and sit him on top of it. Hold onto his hips firmly and very gently bounce him.  You can also slowly roll the ball from side to side -- he'll have to work those little muscles to keep himself upright. If you try either of these, be very, VERY careful; keep a firm grip on him and be prepared for the possibility that he may attempt to stretch out and swing backwards or tip forward.



 



As for one arm being stronger than the other, that's normal of everyone so don't fret. If you want to help him build those arm muscles anyways, you can roll him onto his tummy and do a baby version of the wheelbarrow (kneel behind him and wait for him to push up onto his hands; hold his hips and gently lift his body off the floor so he is elevated on his hands). You can also sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you. Lay him on your right leg (he is laying across you and facing to the right). Scoot him forward enough that his hands rest on the floor and his tummy (not his chest) is on your leg. Take your left leg and put it on top of his legs and tush -- you are anchoring him so he wont spring forward and hit the floor if he decides to stop holding himself up (your legs are still straight out in front of you). Give him some toys to play with. Your best bet -- a bigger toy that forces him to hold himself up to see it (that FIsher Price dog that sings songs is a great example).



I hope these made sense! Good luck!!

Mindy - posted on 02/15/2009

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no problem, we just bought a set of links for our daughter so she can "work out" LOL

Stacey - posted on 02/13/2009

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Quoting Mindy:



you can have him hold onto his toys like stacking cups or rattles to strengthen his arm muscles. my daughter has the same problem. she gets early intervention from a pt and that was her suggestion.






When would I have him do this? While he's on his belly? or sitting up?

Mindy - posted on 02/13/2009

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you can have him hold onto his toys like stacking cups or rattles to strengthen his arm muscles. my daughter has the same problem. she gets early intervention from a pt and that was her suggestion.

Mindy - posted on 02/13/2009

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you can have him hold onto his toys like stacking cups or rattles to strengthen his arm muscles. my daughter has the same problem. she gets early intervention from a pt and that was her suggestion.

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He's just probably trying to go forward. My son also did a couple face-dives before he crawled

As for one side being stronger - we re all assymetrical. It will probably correct itself as he gets more mobile.

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