Hi, my name is Maria and I have a problem with my baby – or at least that’s what my husband thinks. My baby is almost 8 months old and she still doesn’t know how to sit up by herself. If I sit her, she stays, but she can’t do it herself. What should I do??? Is there really a problem with my baby?
The majority of babies by 6-8 months of age do sit IF PLACED by themselves, but generally won’t put themselves into a sitting position until they are crawling and building up more strength in their abs, butts and legs.
The key is to give your little one PLENTY of time on the floor and give her the incentive to crawl by placing fun toys and objects just out of her reach. If you are propping her up to sit, start to remove those props so she can use her own “core” muscles. If she isn’t making progress by 9 months, it’s important to mention your concern to your pediatrician at her 9-month checkup. As babies get older, the window where they hit their milestones gets wider and wider, as some babies are movers and others need/take a little more time. Remember: the key here is floor time!
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