i have a 7 month old prem and need help...

Samantha - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old prem was born 6 weeks early, he seems to be progressing but im a little worried about some things. When should he be able to sit unsupported, crawl, and when should he begin trying to talk like say ma-ma or da-da. any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you in advance.

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Caroline - posted on 07/05/2012

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Edna - posted on 12/05/2010

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my little guy got baby booth camp (LOL) from my sister. he started to do little things and once we noticed, we ran with it. at 4 months he held his own bottle, he would lift his head for long periods of time. we even got down on the floor to move around with him, and he copied. hes and very alert. every babie is different, but little things you do, believe it or not, they copy you. he climbed the stairs at about 8-8 1/2 months, walked at 10 months, and started saying some words. educational toys, playing on the floor, really getting down to their level really helps a lot.

Pamela - posted on 12/03/2010

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Tummy Time is important, It helps stregthen muscle in the back, arms, and neck. Make sure to give supervised Tummy Time for 15 mins a few times a day. I just looked at my pics of my 30 weeker, 2 lbs 6 oz at 7 months and I show her in a Bumbo seat but she could not sit for long. At 8 months we put her in a exersaucer but she couldn't hold herself up that good. It will come with time, just be patient. Even with full term babies there are many differences when milestones are met. Ask your Ped he/she should be able to help.

Candace - posted on 12/03/2010

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you're very welcome!! Him using his hand is a very good thing! He's trying to balance himself!

Samantha - posted on 12/03/2010

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Thank you very much that helps a lot. I will def start trying to sit him unsupported he can almost sit on his own but he uses his hand to hold him up. and he can almost crawl but asnt quite figured it out. I feel much better now thank you so muc that has really helped.

Candace - posted on 12/03/2010

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My son is the same age and was born 7 weeks early and he can sit up for maybe five minutes unsupported. His pediatrician has always told me to go by my due date instead of his birthday. So technically my son is five and a half months so i'm guessing your son would be around that age too "technically" My pediatrician said that normally babies can sit unsupported by the time their 8 months. If he's sitting up supported then just continue to sit him up unsupported. You can also try using a bumbo seat as it will help strengthen his back. As for crawling my little one isn't doing that yet but try giving him lots of tummy time. I don't know about the talking yet(sorry) my little one is only babbling no acutal words yet

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