Should I be concerned about my 29 week old not sitting up yet or sleeping through the night?

AISHA - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 29 weeks old and is not ready to sit up right yet. He loves to lay on his back and he rolls all over the place. He even pushes himself up off the floor and tries to move like if he wants to crawl. But when I try to sit him up he just throws himself back. Also he hasn't slept through night since birth. I figured by 4 or 5 months he would, but he's almost 7 months and he still wakes up a few times through the night for a bottle. His pediatrician says his growth and development is fine but I figured maybe there are some "mommy tricks" I could try.

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Rhianwen - posted on 12/16/2009

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Sleeping through the night....what is that?? ha!
My 8 month old isn't either...he always wants a boob. None of my kids slept through til they were nearly 2.

I'd be willing to let my littl bloke cry a bit, but he doesn't have his own room, and hubby would crack the sh!ts if I let him cry when he as to go to work the next day.

If he doesn't want to sit yet, don't worry...he will soon.

Jim isn't interested in rolling over...never bothered...probably cause he has brothers and sisters to pick him up when he wants something.

Calley - posted on 12/16/2009

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My daughter is 7 months, and she also like your son, doesnt sit up! she likes tummy time, and she tries to drag herself across the floor.
They cant be good at everything, and they like to do things at their own pace, nothing can be forced.
If your worried he isnt sitting up try a bumbo seat, they are very good and teach them how to sit up properly.

With the night time thing- before bed make sure that your son has had a warm bath, and if your not breastfeeding (im assuming your not because you said bottle) then try a 'bedtime milk' my daughter has cow & gate bedtime milk, it is a thicker formula that fills them up for longer. The whole time you are bathing and feeding, remain very quite, with minimal interaction. Once he is in bed, make sure the room is dark, so he cant see anything to be stimulated by.
When he wakes in the night, see if he cries for long, or just nods back off, if he does stay awake, give him a cuddle, wrap him back up and walk away.
If he STILL Crys, then offer him some water (if he doesnt like it, try putting a little pinch of brown sugar in it). it could take a few nights of just cuddling and putting back down for him to learn (make sure he has drank and eaten enough during the day if your going to stop the night feeds)

:) hope this helps with your question, let us know how he gets on!

Jessica - posted on 12/16/2009

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It seems like he just has no interest in sitting up. My daughter has no interest in being on her tummy (she turns over every time I lay her on her tummy) and therefore probably won't crawl any time soon. She'd just rather sit or try to stand up, even. As far as I know there isn't much you can do to help the development. I've been lead to believe they do what they want, when they want.



My daughter doesn't fully sleep through the night either, but giving her more solid food at night has cut it down to only once a night. Is it possible he's teething and that's what's waking him up? I give her a mix of baby food and the oatmeal cereal (she hates it plain) before bed and that helps keep her full. She makes it about 6 hours before needing a bottle. How are his eating habits during the day?

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