5 month old premmie baby, whats right!!!

Charlotte - posted on 06/03/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my lil one was born at 36 weeks he weighed a good weight of 5lb10 hes growin well and loves his food. he wont up his bottles so drink between 5 and 7oz........!!

I am giving him food daily to but only once or twice a day with some juice. He wont drink nothing cold tho, iv got to warm everything to take the chill off!!!!

hes weighin 17lbs at 5months so im not worried about that.

what are they suppose to be doin, because Cody has always been head strong but doesnt crawl hes wriggling around tho...will it take him long? hes also not very good at grabbin for things when ic seen other babies reachin for toys etc?

is this all normal,? i know hes premmie but it doesnt necesserilly make them behind??

any advice or comments wud b good xx

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Andrea - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughter is 14 1/2 months old and was born at 30 weeks. She is only about 19 lbs but is really healthy and isn't really underweight but just small... she didn't start to crawl untill she was 10 month corrective age, something you are really going to want to do (and probably here this from the drs all the time) is to make sure they have tummy time, my daughter hated tummy time but we would put her on the tummy on a pillow when we burped her (even a couple mins is better than none). We also started baby massage, alot of preemies have muscle tension (I believe it is hypertonia) and need that to lossen up the muscles so they can move them. It has something to do with not being able to wriggle around in the later weeks of the pregnacy. Well hope this can give you some help, good luck on crawling!

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Amy-Jayne - posted on 07/01/2009

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hey charl, tyler didnt start crawlin till 7months (corrected) so dont panic at all huni. if you need anything you got my numba. love Aj and Tyler x

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2009

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First things first, remember that your son is actually developmentally 4 months! Give him some time! My son was born at 31 weeks and will be 10 months next week and he just satrted crawling. They say 9 months is the actual normal range for crawling. Also, the one big thing that we were taught in the ICN is this- It does not matter WHEN your child meets a milestne, rather they actually MAKE the milestone.

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2009

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My daughter was born 6 weeks early. She didn't roll over until she was about 5 months. She didn't sit up by herself until she was 7 months. She started crawling when she was 9.5 months old & she started walking when she was 11.5 months old. This is all her actual age. Babies all develop differently. At 5 months, babies are usually rolling over, but not really much else. My daughter started holding stuff & reaching for stuff when she was around 5 months, actual age. If you have any concerns, you can ask his doctor what babies his age are supposed to be doing. It sounds like your son is doing great =]

Shannon - posted on 06/05/2009

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I am in the same boat, my Katelynn was born at 5 weeks early, and is now 5mths also! She is almost 15 lbs now and weighed 5lbs. 9oz at birth. My little one does pelvis thrusts when on her back and scoots along the floor that way, and she is grabbing everything in sight and puts it in her mouth. We started putting in her hands one rattle and that led to more toys and her hand-eye coordination has improved. She is VERY vocal, definitly not a crier, but she mumbles and yells with joy at random moments, and to anyone who comes into sight. She sleep very good through the night (930p-6) and puts herself to sleep, which she has just picked up sucking her thumb and still doesnt like pacifiers, but thats how she puts herself to sleep. I was told by our pediatrician that she should be caught up as far as growth goes by her 6mth check up, and that everything she is doing is perfect.

Leanne - posted on 06/04/2009

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Quoting charlotte:

5 month old premmie baby, whats right!!!

my lil one was born at 36 weeks he weighed a good weight of 5lb10 hes growin well and loves his food. he wont up his bottles so drink between 5 and 7oz........!!
I am giving him food daily to but only once or twice a day with some juice. He wont drink nothing cold tho, iv got to warm everything to take the chill off!!!!
hes weighin 17lbs at 5months so im not worried about that.
what are they suppose to be doin, because Cody has always been head strong but doesnt crawl hes wriggling around tho...will it take him long? hes also not very good at grabbin for things when ic seen other babies reachin for toys etc?
is this all normal,? i know hes premmie but it doesnt necesserilly make them behind??
any advice or comments wud b good xx



 



Being prem can put them behind, My LO was born at 25 weeks and is now 6 months old and does not do most things a term 6 month old can do so I would not worry to much. If you are really that wooried than speek to your doctor or health visiter as they should be able to advice you





 

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Is he 5 months corrected or actual age? With a preemie you measure their milestones from their due date not their birth date. My son was born at 25 weeks and was behind in his milestones until he hit 12 months corrected and now he's taken off (he's 14 months corrected). He's pulling himself up, crawling and standing on his own. He wants to walk but doesn't have the confidence yet. I don't remember when he started reaching for his toys but nothing is safe anymore. Preemies often develope according to their own timeline and are often behind those in their own age group. I wouldn't worry as long as he's making improvements and his docs are happy. And as was previously mentioned, make sure he gets tummy time. My son hated it but it's how he learned to hold up his head, roll and eventually crawl.

Kristina - posted on 06/03/2009

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At 5 months old, don't expect a whole lot. My daughter didn't start crawling until she was about 8 months old, and I don't remember when she started grabbing toys, but I don't think it was as early as 5 months. So, don't worry about it! Also, remember, all babies develop at different rates. So, as long as the doctor says they are fine, then chances are they are fine. They'll figure it out eventually! :)

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