My son is 8 month old now. He still can't sit by himself. Is it okay?

Nina - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




He can't sit yet. Everytime i try to sit him up, he always falls to the front or side. Will he eventually be able to sit?


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Maria - posted on 08/25/2009




My son only started sitting by himself now he is 9 months old, he sat on the floor on his bare bum but couldn't do it with a diaper. Too bulky. I did hold him alot too, I had a habit of not picking him up under the arms and picked him up by supporting his neck most of the time.

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My son didn't sit by himself until he was 9 months old... but he was crawling at 6 months and getting up on furniture at 7 months... He had no interest in sitting down and would do like your son and fall over as soon as I sat him down... the nurse was really worried but after a while of "practising as other moms said he just sat down on his own one morning.... Children devellop so differently and rarely go "by the book". I would say if you are really worried ask your pediatrician. I think you should just realx and give him a chance. Moreover, babies usually work on one new skill at a time.. so if he's working on something else it could be why he doesn't sit yet... Good luck

Samantha - posted on 08/25/2009




Hi Nina,

My son Amare is 18 months old and he can not crawl or walk he did not start to sit my himself until he was 9 months and he could sit my himself really good at ten months. We have seen every specialist in the book and nobody can seem to find anything.They say that as long as he is making his milestones then there is nothing to worry about. He has a phsycial therapist come out and work with him...but in July he rolled off the bed and broke his right femar,his cast comes off this thursday and I think he is really going to take off. Just keep working with your son he will come around. Let me know how things go with him.


Rosa - posted on 08/25/2009




Each child developes differently...yes holding them alot does stop proper development...LOL I remember first showing my son how to sit up he would slowly start leaning and then fall over it was so funny I got pictures of it...Sit him up then keep your hands close and do not let him fall over..Also sit next to him so he can see mommy doing it too.. Practice makes perfect sweety : ) For sure ask your Dr. but lets be real he is only 8months old.....

Traci - posted on 08/25/2009




hi there

every kid is different, and develops at different times. i use a v shaped pillow that i put behind my youngest son with lots of pillows to the front he also has foam squares to stop him skinning his face on the carpet!!!!!!

i first put him on the corner of the sofa beside me with the v pillow all around him with a few of his fav toys ........... then i moved him to the floor at my feet with the pillow still in front...that way he could feel me and not see me saves just putting him down and letting him get on with it......

good luck and remember it's no race he'll get there in your own time if you become really worried then talk to your health visitor but really i think your wee boy is just doing things at his own pace....



Sheldean - posted on 08/25/2009




I would just start to practice with him, my son would have rolled all over the place forever if he could until i just really started practicing with him a lot. I know all babies develop differently but 8 months seams kind of late. I would check with your doctor just in case. Can he crawl and stand holding on to things yet?

Cynthia - posted on 08/24/2009




Do you hold him alot? When I had my son, I was newly married , had only my husband's family (none of mine) nearby, and I held him constantly. I carried him while shopping, at home, out visitng, during church services. I forget exactly how old he was, but I began to realize he was way past the stage when he should've started that. I had to make myself give him tummy time, (andit also really helps if you have a boppy or something that will make him sit up, but support him while he learns to use those muscles. It took a few weeks, but he finally did start sitting up. If you're really concerned, ask your doctor, but I hink you'll find he's just not ready yet. I have a friend, that her baby didn't start sitting up completely on her own until she was over a year old. Some babies just develop different skills at different times than others. Good luck!

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