What should my 6 month old be doing??

Shanna - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is about to be 6 months old on April 4th. My friends baby is 6 months old March 14th, so they are close in age, her baby can sit alone, eat off of a spoon wonderfully, stand next to a couch, sit up from lying down, and so much more. My beautiful baby still falls over when you sit her up, won't self soothe, just now rolling over, and doesn't like to stand up even with support. She still seems so much like a newborn, and don't get me wrong I am so grateful for her, I just don't know what is going on. Her sister who is now 3 was born at 27 weeks and weighed 2lb.s and she is so smart, she knows her abc's and can count to 12, she talks to you like an adult, and had developed right on point with all of the other children, excelling in some areas. What am i doing wrong with Emily???

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My son just turned 6mos old on the 17th. He was rolling over @ 4 mos. and could sit up if he was already at an incline. He now sits ok by himself but will fall over pretty easily! He can inch around like a catepillar w/his head in the floor but other then that no crawling. He can kinda walk w/help, but it tires him out pretty good! He uses a bouncer & a walker pretty regularly and can go backwards & turn in his walker...But he wants to gogogo! He has an older brother that he looks up to and wants to be like, and that gets him moving! With his brother though, he wasn't too worried about moving around too much, didn't start crawling until 11mos, walking @ 14 although he'd been cruising for months before that...Everyone is different and in that first year you need to remember that even 4 measly weeks SOOO MUCH can change!!! Your baby will be vastly different in JUST 4 WKS so don't worry about what your 6 month old should be doing!!! They grow soo much in 4 wks! And each 4 wk period is different!!! Ea. 4 wk period from here on out until after 1 is going to blow you away at the milestones she knocks down!!! All you can do is encourage her to exercise and have her around other babies which will also encourage her to move! Enjoy the moment because this first year BLOWS by like no other!

Janine - posted on 03/19/2010

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It may not be that you are doing anything wrong, but she may have low muscle tone. As your doc for a referral. Early help is best!!

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Iesha - posted on 08/20/2013

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Every child is different.Just give her lil encouragement &just be patient with her. And unless a doctor said something is wrong,u r doing just fine in mother hood department.Also don't compare her to sister :)

Marielena - posted on 07/14/2013

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My son is 5 months and his cousin just turned 6 months but when he was 5 months he did everything just like u said and my son don't do noun of that and I'm worried too

Lisa - posted on 03/17/2013

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my 6 month old is learning 2 eat from a spoon, he can not sit up by himself yet and just started rolling over.... im glad 2 hear there are others goin through the same confusion as me

Maria - posted on 04/28/2012

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all babies develop at different times and rates as long as she is progressing and the health vistor isnt worried dont worry yourself too much she might just be lazy or more observant. She might just like to watch how its done. my son is 3 knows his alphabet, starting to read and can count to 39, speaks clearly, can name any shape and colour you would like to name and very smart but in some things he was very very lazy. He didnt crawl until he was 11mths then on hiss first birthday he walked and never looked back. He was in pull ups on a night but took him out because he knew he could wet them instead of having to go to toilet and since then for past month hes had 2 accidents lazy boy he was and writing is awful he can spell his name but he will not write. I wouldnt worry too much you might have another bright little girl on your hands x

Leslie - posted on 03/20/2010

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Don't worry shell get there my daughter was early in everything too just take it as it comes and work with her good luck ur doing nothing wrong all babies and kids are different.

Marianne - posted on 03/20/2010

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I feel like I'm reading something I might have written. My daughter didn't crawl until she was 11 months...I was freaking out. My closest friend's daughter was only 1 month older, when we got together she was walking, exploring, and kept trying to pull my daughter up so they could play. She would just lie on her belly, wide eyed, with absolutely no desire to move. I know I'm going to mommy hell for this but I don't know how old she was when she first rolled over but I can tell you it wasn't young. Now at three, she is very shy, but she is so smart. She knows the names of almost every animal, whether or not they are mammal, reptile, amphibian, she tell you (well me, not you b/c she so shy) if they are nocturnal or if they have opposable thumbs. I think she was just busy absorbing everything.

So please don't worry. ....I know it's hard. I have been there, done that, and what a waste of time.

Kara - posted on 03/20/2010

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Every baby developes differently...don't compare what your 6 month old is doing with another child, you'll just stress yourself out more. All 3 of my children did things differently at different times. One walked at 10 months, the other 2 didn't walk until after their first birthday. I just encourged what they enjoyed and could do at that time, eventually it all came together and they have all turned out just fine developementally.

Shanna - posted on 03/17/2010

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thank you all, i know she is smart, we are going to look at some groups to take her too where we can, as a family, show her some new "moves", it'll maybe help her fussiness too.

Maegen - posted on 03/17/2010

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I agree that you are a good mom for noticing. The only other thing I can say is follow your gut. When it come's to your kids only you know what is best for them. In any situation.

Jenny - posted on 03/17/2010

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I don't think you're doing a thing wrong. I also have a daughter that is 6 months old. She just started rolling over. Can't sit up by herself yet, just starting to get the hang of eating out of a spoon, definitely not standing alone. Every child develops differently. I wouldn't be concerned. But I think you're a good mother. Unfortunately, there are some that wouldn't notice or care.

Maegen - posted on 03/17/2010

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My sister and I have baby's that are 7 weeks apart. My son was rolling and crawling buy 4 1/2 months. Her son did not do even roll until 6 1/2 months.He is perfectly normal some baby's just like being baby's. My sister has 3 other kids, 2 of which were very active but her other one was the same as the baby she wanted to be a baby. If you are concerned talk to your doctor at her check up. I wouldn't worry about what your 6 month old should be doing.

Shanna - posted on 03/17/2010

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thank you so much, i wil try the walker idea, i know they all develop at different stages, it's bad to be envious of other babies i know, i will try alot harder to see her achievements she does make, i really like this site, just your few words makes me feel alot better. thank you again

Christina - posted on 03/17/2010

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Shanna, remember that all babies are different. I wouldn't worry about what your 6 month old should be doing. And dont think that you are doing something wrong. My son at 6 months was the same. Jayden was a lazy lil one. To help him sit up i would use the boppy pillow around him and play with him. put toys at a higher reach so i can force him to stay up. of course they will fall at times. it just takes time and patience. I would also make him stand on his feet. and though his legs were like jello. also put her on a walker. once she sees the movement and sounds, it might get her excited. I would do this everyday. (EXERCISE TIME!)

Check out this site. it is very helpful:

http://www.babycenter.com/encouraging-ba...





Good luck

Kara - posted on 03/20/2010

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Every baby developes differently...don't compare what your 6 month old is doing with another child, you'll just stress yourself out more. All 3 of my children did things differently at different times. One walked at 10 months, the other 2 didn't walk until after their first birthday. I just encourged what they enjoyed and could do at that time, eventually it all came together and they have all turned out just fine developementally.

Maegen - posted on 03/17/2010

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My sister and I have baby's that are 7 weeks apart. My son was rolling and crawling buy 4 1/2 months. Her son did not do even roll until 6 1/2 months.He is perfectly normal some baby's just like being baby's. My sister has 3 other kids, 2 of which were very active but her other one was the same as the baby she wanted to be a baby. If you are concerned talk to your doctor at her check up. I wouldn't worry about what your 6 month old should be doing.

Christina - posted on 03/17/2010

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Shanna, remember that all babies are different. I wouldn't worry about what your 6 month old should be doing. And dont think that you are doing something wrong. My son at 6 months was the same. Jayden was a lazy lil one. To help him sit up i would use the boppy pillow around him and play with him. put toys at a higher reach so i can force him to stay up. of course they will fall at times. it just takes time and patience. I would also make him stand on his feet. and though his legs were like jello. also put her on a walker. once she sees the movement and sounds, it might get her excited. I would do this everyday. (EXERCISE TIME!)

Check out this site. it is very helpful:

http://www.babycenter.com/encouraging-ba...





Good luck

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