Posted by: opal | 2004/10/28



Hello all....
My son was born at 37 weeks via a c/section.He weighed 3.14kg and in most respects is a very happy and healthy baby.My concern is,although he is 7 and a half months,he still isnt sitting for long periods on his own (mostly only for a minute or so at a time).Apparently I crawled very late ( at 15 months) when I was a baby - should I be concerned for my son...or just wait and see how things go?
Thanx a lot!

Expert's Reply



Milestones do vary and at the moment the best advice would be to wait and evaluate if no progress occurs. It may take 1-2 months before children can sit for long periods of time with good balance.

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Posted by: opal | 2004/10/31

Hello all....
Thanx very much for the responses...all his other milestones are great,so I guess he just needs to do things at his own pace:)
Have a good week everyone!

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/30

Every child is different.

Boys tend to be alot slower than girls (or is it that girls are little fast).
If he is sitting without support for a min, it shows he will sit by 8-9mo.
You must allow him to sit & fall by himself, that is how he will strengthen his muscles (obviously on a soft surface).
You must guage his other milestones accordingly not just one isolated one.For example :
1. Did he start smiling purposefully by 2months? Did he follow you with his eyes by 2months?
2. Does he know his name?
3. Does he maintain good head control?
4. Does he know to open his mouth for a spoon of food?
5. Does he babble age-appropriately.
6. Turning his head to direction of sound.

Etc etc.
If he is lagging in all or most of his milestones, then you must see your paediatrician soon, otherwise, allow him to show what he's got!

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/10/29

Wait and see how things go. I don't think it is cause for concern unless your baby hasn't sat at all by 9 months. If you were late with reaching milestones, your baby probably will be too. The age you reach milestones at is influenced by that more than anything else. Your baby will eventually sit unaided for longer and longer periods. Just let him go at his own pace.

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