After the first month, your baby will start turning his head and lifting it for a few seconds. He may raise his head slightly when laying on his back or might even start to support and control the wobbling of his head for short periods of time.
Even though his neck is not strong enough to hold his head when pulled to a sitting position, he is getting stronger by the day. During these months you’ll see that his arms will be frequently flexed, and he’ll keep his hands in tight fists, which proves his muscles are getting toned. You will also see how the primitive reflexes start to disappear and more complex skills start to emerge.
One of the most recommended ways to help your son accomplish head control is with tummy time. This activity will help him develop his neck, head, and upper body muscles, because this position will make him lift his head. He might even hold it up for a little while. Here are some tummy time tips:
- Lie your baby on your lap or over your chest, so he can see your face. He will feel close to you and will enjoy his tummy time even more.
- Place some toys in front of him so he is entertained. Maybe he’ll make a bigger effort to hold the position and lift his head.
- Talk to him, make funny faces and gestures while he’s on top of you. This way he can have longer periods of tummy time while you also foster language skills.
- Place a small, rolled towel under his arms so he feels more comfortable and it’s easier for him to hold this position.
Your baby will develop his muscles all by himself, but by following these tips you can boost his development while spending time together. Change things up a bit, work on his muscles together.
Enjoy every second of it; your little one is growing up so fast!