Play/Floor time

Elizabeth - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son turns 5 months tomorrow. After reading many posts I have grown concerned that I do not spend enough play time with him. We do about 2 hours a day on the floor or in his bumbo. However, my son cannot roll over just from side to side, he just found his toes yesterday! He cannot sit up alone, or grab a bottle.

Any recommendations? Am I not doing something that I should be or is this normal?

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Alexis - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son is 5 months and cant sit up either. he has found his toes, can hold his bottle and can rollover, but only in one direction.

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2010

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dont stress every baby is different my 2 r developing at diff rates its just what makes them individuals, some dont walk till 2 some arent toilet trained till 3 and some know there name address telephone number and everything at 4, just love your child and enjoy that he isnt in a hurry cause once his up and running you'll wish he was laying still lol

Rainy - posted on 01/31/2010

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So glad you posted because I was feeling like my little girl was behind. lol... She will roll from her tummy to back but hates doing it and won't do it every time. She can sit up by her self for a short period then will fall to the side. lol... She does squeal and blow bubbles but not all the time. She has laughed once and now won't do it again. :) I want her to laugh so much. lol..... Anyway, she is taking her time at these things and I guess it is okay. At least I don't have to worry about her getting out of her crib yet. lol.... She will help me put her bottle to her mouth but then she will drop her hands and let me do it. ;)

Nicole - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son is 5 1/2 months and doesnt sit up, can only hold his bottle for a minute or two, and JUST started rolling from his tummy to his back with his arm down and akward. Every baby is different. Don't worry!

Ky - posted on 01/29/2010

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Our son is 5 1/2 months, and he can only sit up with assistance. They are no longer really using rolling over as a milestone because babies now spend so much time on their backs. Your little guy sounds like he is happy, healthy, and loved. I don't think that you have anything to worry about.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/28/2010

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I found those bottles with the handles! Thanks for that information, I'm going to start using them today.

Jessica - posted on 01/27/2010

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my baby girl is just rolling from side to side as well...she has rolled all the way to her tummy but just cant get the hang of how she did it! i think it just takes time and they learn at their own pace...my daughter talks all the time and squeals and hollars and blows bubbles and grabs her feet and everything but doesnt like being on her tummy for more then 5-10 min at most..she never has. but i really do know/believe that babies learn at their own pace and when they can figure it out..i know that my twin nephews didnt sit up until they were about 7 1/2 months old...just takes time..be patient and it will all come along when its the right time.

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My daughter is just rolling side to side also, and she is 5 month and 3 weeks old. She found her toes about 3 weeks ago. No need to worry, I remind my self that every baby is different. Maybe our babies are doing things other babies aren't...like she pinches my nose and pats my face so sweet when we talk, and she's blowing bubbles and talking a lot.

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Your fine. Two hours? That's alot. Wait until you have more kids, two hours will be hard to do. My second didn't roll over until 9 MONTHS and she is perfectly normal, she just didn't want to do it, plus her bootie was so big she couldn't get it over. My little guy now rolled over at 4 months but he won't stay on his belly for tummy time so I guess take advantage of it and fit in more tummy time.

Tabitha - posted on 01/27/2010

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This is very normal. When doing tummy time do you help him to roll likeby moving his bottom (its quite heavy for them) if when you help move his bottom to go a direction he will get use to knowing he can do that new action, after being encouraged and succeding he will be more incline to do it on own. I went to the store bought NUku bottles with handles on side HELP her to completly hold by self and to learn to work her hand muscles, 2 hours is plenty of time but I wouldnt do it 2 hours straight, He may just be a lazy baby LOL he like mama to do all the work :) but dont worry sweetie

Helen - posted on 01/27/2010

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my son suddenly went from not doing anything apart from sitting in his bumbo to doing most things in the space of a week.



when i used to try and play with him on the floor he would just frustrated and cry so i put him in his bumbo and played with him there. that was our play time!



once he does start to roll my suggestion is to keep his favourite toy handy letting him play with it whilst lead on his belly this seemed to encourage my son to wriggle more and accidentally roll over, once he did this i just encouraged him with claps and praise so he learnt that it was good.



my friends daughter who is 6 and a half months has just started to roll from her front to her back which shows that each child is different and its not about the age but when they are ready.

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