how can i help my 5 month old to start sitting up?

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Chrystal - posted on 03/18/2012

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If she's holding her head up on her own then you can help her practice sitting. Sit her on the floor sitting up with your hands under her arms and for a second or so loosen your hold (like she can move 1/2 inch any direction) so that she has to steady herself with her muscles but can't fall to far over any direction causing her to get hurt. She probably is getting a little frustrated with her lack of mobility but that's actually a good thing it's what motivates them to work on their skills. My kids were both sitting up steady by 6 months but I think they said average is 6-8 months so she's still considered a bit young; she'll get there. Enjoy her while she's still so helpless mine are running and crawling so I don't get enough cuddles anymore.

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Elfrieda - posted on 03/18/2012

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I don't think I'd do this with my next one, but I always propped my son up on pillows or in the curve of the nursing pillow from around 3 or 4 months old, once he could hold his head. He would just cry if he wasn't upright! By 5 months he could sit by himself and was very happy.



Like was said before, I think the fact that the baby is frustrated is a good thing. It motivates them to learn new skills. My son wasn't frustrated at all once he could sit, so didn't bother to crawl until 9 months or walk until 17 months!

Brittany - posted on 03/18/2012

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ok she can roll over on her belly but then she gets fussy once she is on her belly, and once she is on her back again she still gets fussy, i figure she is wanting to start sitting up now instead of laying down all the time,i wanna help her =)

Brittney - posted on 03/18/2012

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holding them up is what worked for me, your child will sit up when he/she wants to or has the ability to.

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