Head Control is an essential learned skill. It’s really important for baby’s spine and brain connection
Your baby works very hard to learn how to develop head control. This is a major task, and very important. Please help them by putting them on the floor.
While inside you, your baby didn’t deal with head weight and gravity. Now help them with Head Control, by placing them onto their tummy. Learning to lift the head is one of their most important developmental tasks.
A bit of struggling helps baby become a better learner. Use your hands on their back as they explore so they feel comforted, but not rescued from their exploration.
See this picture. This little girl is bright and alert. She learned how to support her head by practicing. She developed such good head control because she could push down with her hands, and send energy into her spine. With her belly on the floor, she was getting feedback into her body. Energy could travel from head to tail and she could experiment using her own forces.
Contrast the top picture with this one. . This baby is more listless. He is propped upright by the seat. He has no connection to gravity and is vertical without knowing how to get there. Please don’t leave your infant in these devices! I can’t emphasize enough how they interrupt the core development of brain and body. Baby’s left in these devices don’t have to work for anything. It’s all within reach, and they don’t get any feedback from their own body pushing against gravity.
3 Tips for Baby Help #3 Head Control
- Place baby on their tummy so they can develop head control
- Press their palms into the “earth,” giving some pressure to the bones of the hands, and press their forearms into the earth, making sure they have a bent elbow
- As they lift their head, give some pressure into their lower sacrum and hips so they feel the support for the head going all the way down their spine
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Here is a good you tube to watch!
Baby Help#3 Head Control…
Please Don’t Put your baby in Carrier Devices that sit them upright
Sitting baby upright in those trays with wheels or baby bouncers forces them to use outer muscles. This means they don’t develop good core strength for lifting the head.
Please put those devices away!
Keep baby on the floor or in a playpen so they can “do it themselves,” pulling upright when they are ready, and not before.
Help them develop the connection from head to spine in an integrated way.
For more on developmental stages, see From Conception to Crawling. It’s filled with easy to follow primitive reflexes and explains why movement helps the brain. If you want to see how to use your hands to help your baby, get the DVD too!