When should my baby sit up on his own?

Sabrina - posted on 06/02/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 1/2 months old and he is not really sitting up on his own. When he is laying down he is trying to sit up, but he can't. He also cannot sit up and stay by himself for more than about 15-30 seconds. When will he sit up and stay by himself??

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Courtney - posted on 06/03/2009

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Don't worry! What you're seeing to is totally normal. I remember DD was still wobbly at 6 months and would sometimes fall over for no apparent reason at 6.5 / 7 months! Lwol Just enjoy your baby. He's gorgeous and will sit up very soon.

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He sounds totally normal for this age. My son was an early sitter, but some babies get it as early as 4 months or even not until 12 months. They'll be wobbly for awhile, too. You can do things to help him - like prop some pillows around to hold him up better (I always liked using a Boppy pillow).

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My first daughter didn't sit up on her own until she was 11 months so you really don't have a lot to worry about (I did worry too!!!). My second daughter felt like it was a week and she was sitting up, rolling over and crawling... Every child is different so just enjoy their stages and don't let the "norm" of what the books say worry you!

Teresa - posted on 06/03/2009

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When he is ready. I used a "super saucer" or what they used to call a "walker" for my 3, this way they can sit up and see what is going on and at the same time strengthen their back muscles, and legs. All mine were advanced in ther walking and sitting up, mine walked between 8mo-10 mo. But i would prop them up in these contraptions with me in the room and they loved it.!!

Mel - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:

my grandson ,james is currently attending physio and I asked the same question.....the answer is all in the shape of the spine and is not age-related....babies have rounded spines and as they grow, this gradually curves inward.....the same shape as our spines.....when this happens things like balance are easier to acheive....tummy-time is great for incouraging this to happen......fully supported sitting can help too....James is 6mths old and not sitting yet...his back is still a bit rounded but is changing...hope this information is useful


 



 



i think it has to do with the weight of the baby as well. a skinny baby with little weight on theur butt is going to take a lot longer to reach milestones.

Cheryl - posted on 06/03/2009

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my grandson ,james is currently attending physio and I asked the same question.....the answer is all in the shape of the spine and is not age-related....babies have rounded spines and as they grow, this gradually curves inward.....the same shape as our spines.....when this happens things like balance are easier to acheive....tummy-time is great for incouraging this to happen......fully supported sitting can help too....James is 6mths old and not sitting yet...his back is still a bit rounded but is changing...hope this information is useful

Mel - posted on 06/02/2009

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ive heard 4-6 months but dont worry if he cant do it yet. i had to wait til mine was 11 and a half months and trust me that was annoying. hes doing better then mine was at that age x

Bridget - posted on 06/02/2009

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My daughter couldn't sit up on her own until she was crawling, and that is completely normal. If your lil man isn't sitting at 9 months, you can start worrying then.

Rachel - posted on 06/02/2009

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ps.. even once they learn to sit.. they still wobble and fall sometimes, so consider any sitting an accomplishment.

Rachel - posted on 06/02/2009

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If he is trying now, I would say you can probably expect him to figure it out within a month. Give him lots of chances, let him sit holding your hands for support and when he needs less let him sit with a seat or a boppy. He'll get it in no time. My little girl is almost seven months now and she started sitting almost right at 6 months. Yesterday she figured out how to go from lying on her belly to sitting up. They learn so fast.

Latashia - posted on 06/02/2009

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You're absolutely right Ashely. I have 4 children, and each child's development has been different.

Ashley - posted on 06/02/2009

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My daughter is almost six months and she does the same thing i am not to worried about it. He will do it when he is ready but if you are really worried about it talk to your pediatrician. Every child is different and they do things on their own time.

Latashia - posted on 06/02/2009

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Totally normal, honey. My daughter is 8mths and just recently really learned to sit without falling over. :)

Victoria - posted on 06/02/2009

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I would say not until at least 6 months and often times they tripod where they lean over and use their arms for support. All babies develop differently. I would not worry!

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