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what should my 8 month really be doing..

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kez31 Sat 04-Jun-11 21:41:13

my little one is not sitting on his own yet .. is that late??

Galena Sat 04-Jun-11 22:01:02

I was told if DD wasn't sitting unaided by 9 months that she'd be referred to a paediatrician. Is he nearly there or nowhere near?

carat Sat 04-Jun-11 22:13:52

My DS is 8mths in a few days, he can sit up for a few seconds then falls to one side without putting out his hands.

Loves rice cakes/ anything he can shove into his mouth.
Adores looking at books/ leaflets
Likes peek-a-boo
Can't quite crawl yet, but is up on his knees and just needs to push with his feet
Babbles quite a lot.

What does yours do?

kez31 Sun 05-Jun-11 11:00:58

Well mine babbles loads, laugh at his big brother of 20 months all the time, cant crawl but goes on his belly and rolls back and forth sits up for about a min then falls to one side... I know they say they learn at different stages.. might be me just worring oh and he says dad,da da

Firsttimer7259 Sun 05-Jun-11 12:04:00

I am just going through getting a diagnosis for developmental delay. Sitting independently at 8-9 months is normal. But seeing as you are concerned have a look at the development checklists in your little red book and see if there is anything else you are concerned about. For me it was the lack of gestures and copying that rang alarm bells. Or have a look in the 'what to expect' month by month development checklists, or even the checklists on mumsnet.

If there is something I think it is worth getting a referral to a paediatrician for an assessment. With lots of things early intervention is only a good thing. And if it turns out everything is fine you've not lost anything by investigating it.

Galena Sun 05-Jun-11 15:44:03

If he sits for a minute before toppling, then that is sitting, surely. Not sure what else you're looking for?

WelshCat Sun 05-Jun-11 20:10:21

my DS just turned 10 months, he is pretty big, and he only just mastered sitting properly for long periods of time about 3 weeks ago. I was concerned, as he was doing the sitting/toppling over thing since he was about 7 months. At his 8 month check the doc said if he isnt sitting at 10 months to take him back for a check, but he is fine now and doing everything as normal.

Basically I'm just trying to reassure you that its probably nothing to worry about, you would know if he was lacking on other areas and your posts suggest he is fine with everything else. As far as I know they say by the end of the ninth month they should be sitting well. So he has plenty of time.

Also, its not a gradual thing, lol my DS went from toppling to sitting for an hour literally overnight. So you could wake up tomoro and he could decide that thats the day he is gonna do it!!

hazeyjane Sun 05-Jun-11 21:34:04

Ds has developmental delays, and is under diagnosis atm.

He couldn't sit at all at 8 months, but when he was referred the dr said that it was the combination of delays that were the issue ( he was also not rolling, couldn't lift his head up when on his tummy, not babbling, struggling with weaning etc)

If your lo is able to sit for a little while and seems ok with the other gross motor skills, then i would imagine he is ok, but if you are concerned talk to your gp/hv.

Firsttimer7259 Mon 06-Jun-11 18:46:57

Sorry didn't mean to alarm you, just to say look at the guidance. In all likelihood all is fine. But think it through and take it to your GP if you aren't sure.
Lots of well intentioned people just say everything is fine when they dont really know. Make up your mind by informing yourself and looking at your child.
Now that I know my daughter has delays worth investigating I find it astonishing how many people I meet in passing in RL who proclaim various versions of 'och it'll all be fine'. They dont know me, they dont know her, they've seen her for an hour or so at a play group.

hazeyjane Mon 06-Jun-11 19:20:17

Firsttimer, I started a thread in special needs, about just the same thing, here, it is very frustrating, when you know that there are problems, to be told that you (and all the hcp's involved) are wrong!

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