When should my baby be able hold his head up all by himself?

Becky - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is almost eight weeks and is still not being able to lift his head very much. Is this normal, am I just jumping the gun? When should my baby be able hold his head up all by himself?

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Charlene - posted on 10/11/2009

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Each baby is different. My baby girl has been holding her head up since the day she was born. She has always had a very strong neck. She's 11 weeks old now and when she is laying on her back, she always is pulling her head/back up, trying to get into a sit-up position. Like I said, all babies are different, but if you are really concerned, I'd recommend bringing it up at your next doctor appointment.

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Alisa - posted on 10/13/2009

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my baby is 10 weeks and she can hold her head up but it wobbles alot..but i guess there is no real time when ur baby's head can support itself

Simone - posted on 10/12/2009

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All babies are different and develop at different rates. Depending on what position my daughter is in makes a difference on how well she holds her head up. Tummy Time is a great way to help strengthen the neck muscles.

Kelcie - posted on 10/11/2009

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my daughter has been holding up her head since birth but i babysat for my friend's son and he was almost 3 months before he held his head steady I guess it just depends on how motivated your child really is but nothing to worry about

Melissa - posted on 09/29/2009

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My son was holding his head up really well at 8 weeks i was told by the Pediatrician that he was right on target! So at 8 weeks! If not just give him alot of tummy time thats what i did!

Heather Louise - posted on 09/29/2009

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this is normal - my baby can only just hold her head up on her own + she is 9 wks old. give it time - he will b holdin his head up in no time

Tabitha - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have 9 week old twins. My girl can hold her head up but my boy is a little behind... I guess it depends. Tummy time is definitely good if you're impatient but as with all things... Babies all vary and they'll all do it when they are ready.

Ashley - posted on 09/28/2009

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my baby is 8 weeks old and she holds her head up for short periods of times especially though when she is on her tummy cause i give her tummy time and let her lay there so she can build the muscles in her kneck it's good for them i thing

Kristen - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son was born being able to hold his head up.. He didn't have the floppy baby neck I was used to with siblings/cousins...Every baby is different but he should be able to hld it up for a little bit when on his tummy... The more he practices the stronger he will get. He should be able to sit up by himself between 5 and 6 months. But, again, each baby is different. You may wake up one day and he will try to crawl. =)

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