Baby Development: Why Hasn’t My Baby Learnt How to Sit Yet Her Age Mates Are All Sitting Upright?
Baby development happens gradually right after the birth time to adulthood. Parents should understand the different stages of baby growth, and know what to expect in their newborn. The baby development milestones will depend on the age of the child. It is also important to note that these milestones might be different for some children and therefore parents should not benchmark child development in any case.
Don’t expect all children to learn how to speak at the same time since they don’t have a calendar that they all should observe. However, there are some common child development milestones that are common in a certain age, and therefore you should expect your child to exhibit the same when the baby reaches the specific age. This brings me to a question that was asked by one of the mothers when we attended our routine clinic checkups. The question was, “what age should the child start sitting up for the first time after birth, and why does my child not sit by now yet the age mates are sitting”? She asked.
From the discussion that ensued after the question was asked, I noted that some children will learn how to sit at an age earlier than others and therefore you should not be worried if your child has not learnt how to sit yet the age-mates have already learnt how to sit. However, for some children, there is a prolonged delay, and this might be related to different causes. Therefore, if your child has not begun sitting long after the age-mates are almost learning how to craw, you need to seek medical advice. At what age should the baby start sitting up?
The Age at Which Your Baby Should Be Sitting Up
Some babies will begin sitting up from around the fifth month to the seventh month. Therefore, by this time a baby should be sitting up. This is usually after the baby has learnt to roll over. During the first six months, the baby might not be able to sit for a long time. However, after introducing the baby to solid food the body structure develops faster and by the seventh to eight months, then the baby will be sitting up. If your child does not show signs of sitting by the second week of the fifth month, it is in order to seek medical advice. Probably you should ask your doctor about it at the last week of the fourth month. This will help check if there is possible deformity in the bone structure, and to avoid speculations. So what could be the cause of delayed sitting?
What Causes Delay in Sitting?
Before too much speculating, keep in mind that a child might show delayed sitting if the child was born prematurely. Not only might the baby show delayed sitting, but it might also show a delay in general baby development. A Premature birth causes delayed development. Therefore note that premature birth is likely to affect your child and delayed sitting is one of the effects.
The baby Personality affects the development. If your child is the mellow type or what we call laid-back personality, then there will be delayed child development, and this will not only affect sitting, it might also affect crawling and standing up. However, there are the hyper personalities who want to discover very first and commonly referred to as motor personalities. These are children who will learn how to sit down as early as during the last week of the third month and are fast even in social development.
Your Childs weight will also affect the child development milestones and particularly those that involve the movement of the body, like sitting. Therefore if your baby is big in size, then the baby might sit down later than the lightweight baby. This is an issue that can be understood, and it is generally because the body does not have enough energy to get to the sitting posture. However, the baby will be moving their feet and a significant bone structure. The weight issue will cause late sitting, and the baby might not sit firmly alone until the ninth month.
As illustrated earlier, parents should note that the baby development curve might vary from one child to another child and this is because of the different factors like we have seen above. Therefore, you should not get concerned unless you have seen abnormal signs. Every parent should observe the child throughout the growth curve keenly so as to tell when there are issues so as to contact the doctor on time.