Okay, so we’ve been through this topic before and we all know how important it is for our little ones to strengthen their neck muscles and achieve total head control. By now, you’ve probably heard that, as your baby girl develops and grows stronger, she will eventually master this skill, yay! But as a parent with tons of resources at your disposal (such as, Kinedu), you’re probably wondering what YOU can do at home to help your daughter reach this milestone and gain yet another skill in the ever-growing repertoire.
First off, a recap. The acquisition of this skill (head control, that is) is crucial since it will lay the foundation for many more physical skills such as rolling-over, sitting, crawling, and walking. If you want to read more about what can be expected for this skill at each stage in your baby’s development you can do so in this article (Motor milestones: head control).
Now, unto the fun part. Tummy time is actually a secret tool you can use to help your daughter make tremendous leaps in head control. So, what exactly is tummy time? It’s all that time she spends on her stomach awake and most importantly: under your supervision. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), if a baby lays on her back for prolonged periods of time her head can flatten and, even though there’s no developmental problems related to this, if there’s anything you can do to prevent it, go for it!
Every minute your baby is face-down encourages her to lift the head and boost her motor skills! It’s completely normal if your little one is no fan of tummy time at first, hardly any baby is! Which is why it’s important to introduce it gradually and increase tummy time little by little.
Here are some tips you can do to make the most of tummy time!
- Place your baby on her tummy on your stomach and speak to her. Curiosity and affection towards you will play their part and encourage your baby to look up towards you.
- If your baby is really not a fan of tummy time, the AAP recommends this position: Place your daughter on a blanket, lay her on her side with a rolled-up towel or cushion behind her back, and a cushion or rolled-up blanket under her head for support. Bring both arms and legs forward in front of your baby. Try to keep her entertained with rattles, songs or toys for a bit before alternating and repeating on the other side.
- Place some of your baby’s favorite toys nearby and move them around encouraging her to move her head and follow the toy’s path.
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