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


Chrystal - posted on 03/18/2012




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




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




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




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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