After the first couple of months, you might start seeing that your baby has more control over her head now. She will probably be able to lift it and align it to the rest of her upper body. At around 3 months old, you will start to notice that, when you carry her, she will be able to hold her head a tiny bit more, and during tummy time you might witness how she supports herself upright with her arms.
Something that is also a characteristic of this stage is the improvement of eye-movement, which means it’s easier for her to track objects. This, in addition to head control, will help your baby follow objects more easily. When playing together, you might notice that, if you move around, she will easily follow you with her eyes; or maybe she will stare at a curious object, like your car keys. When this happens, you can shake them in front of her and watch her get excited and follow the keys around with her eyes.
In addition to eye-movement, she will also present increased vision. All of these factors can make it a great moment to boost her curiosity and movement and help her reach some of the next milestones. We’ll give you some tips!
- By pulling her gently to a sitting position and then slowly laying her down, you can exercise her neck muscles even more. If you repeat this exercise, her neck and back will continue to grow stronger.
- During this time, she might be strong enough to be placed on a car seat but still too wobbly to sit down by herself. To improve this and help her progress, sit her down on a sofa and place cushions on her back. This will support her head while encouraging her to look around and explore her surroundings.
Some of these activities can foster the acquisition of skills she will need in order to learn how to sit down. Remember to have fun and always supervise she is in a safe position, while giving her a chance to discover new things and prove herself.
More on physical milestones: Infant – newborn development