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My 6 month old wont do anything on target...

My daughter was born 5 weeks early, does that matter on her development? She wont put weight on her legs, she cant sit on her own and she hardly rolls. Should I worry?


Asked by jen_wikstrom at 2:29 PM on Feb. 12, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • For the jumperoo, put phone books under her feet. That's what we had to do.

    For development charts and height/weight charts, don't forget you have to use her adjusted age. Yes, she was out of the womb 6 months ago. But the first 5 weeks of that was putting in the same final growth and finishing touches that full term babies do before birth. So her adjusted age is late 4 months or 5 months depending on exactly how many weeks she is right now.

    And if you haven't found them yet, BabyCenter has the best developmental charts. They show what most babies her age (4 or 5 months) can do, what about half those babies are just starting to do, and what a few babies may be reaching to learn. Don't forget to enjoy her for who she is NOW, not what you want her to be doing. And don't use the charts to brag or compare.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 4:11 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • She's only 5 months adjusted, so give her time. Are you putting her on her belly often? Tummy time is important for rolling.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:39 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • Yes, we have always had tummy time. She always raises her legs until her face hits the floor/bed.

    Answer by jen_wikstrom at 2:43 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • Well, if you are really concerned then speak with her docter. However, it is not uncommon for a child to not yet be sitting independently at 6 months. My daughter started sitting unassisted at about 6 months and change. We bought my daughter a Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo at about 4 months and I swear she has gotten so strong from it, and I really think that is why she sits so well on her own. You could get one, it also helps with motor skills and hand eye coordination. Plus, babies love them so much that you can actually get stuff done around the house! Here is a link, read the reviews:

    Kmart has them for $65


    Answer by BridgetC140 at 3:01 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • wait until the date she was supposed to be born before you worry.They say premmies wait til their EDD to do the things they should!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:25 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • My twins were 2 months early. Every milestone was 2 months behind until they were around a year and 1/2. Its perfectly normal.

    Answer by my4lads at 3:28 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • There is no target. Every child is different. Talk to her and hold her as much as possible --tell her how well she is doing. Give her more love, kiss her, praise her all the time. She is doing the very best she can, so it is very important to live in the moment. Help her sit up, She will do her own things when she is ready. If you think something is wrong she will "feel" it. If you think she is healthy, and able she will be. You need to give her the message both thru body, mind and speech that she is one precious baby girl.

    Answer by wishbook at 3:57 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • She has a jump-a-roo but is to short to really do anything with it, even at its shortest setting. She is only 22 inches long.

    Answer by jen_wikstrom at 4:01 PM on Feb. 12, 2009

  • There is nothing wrong with any of that. My son didn't roll both ways until he was 6 months, and while he was able to roll from tummy to back before that he almost never did. He sat unassisted when he was almost 6 months, but some do it later than that. And bearing weight is no big deal.
    And if she is early think of her age based on when she was supposed to be born not when she was. So she is really only 4 months... and shouldn't be doing those things yet. Adjust her age for milestones until she is a year. And also keep in mind every child is different.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 5:29 PM on Feb. 12, 2009