Head Control

Head Control

Head Control

Experts suggest that babies physical development in the first year progress from the top of the body to lower body.

Once they gain head control, they will start working on more advanced skills from core to lower body like rolling, sitting, crawling and standing.

When do babies lift and hold their heads up?

Newborn don’t have much muscle strength, which is why their movements are jerky and their heads are so wobbly. 

Between months 4 to 6: She’ll be able to hold her head steadier, sit up (at first with plenty of support, then by the half-year mark, on her own) and roll over in both directions.

How to teach your baby head control

You can’t really “teach” head control, but you can encourage it in plenty of ways, especially by placing them in a variety of positions. The goal is to help her build strength and coordination so she has the needed muscle power to lift and hold her head up.

Just don’t force it: If she fusses, stop and try again the next time she’s alert, like after she’s woken up from a nap or you’ve changed her diaper.

Here's how you can help your baby strengthen the muscles she'll use to lift her head:

  1. Plenty of tummy time.Placing your baby on his stomach is the best way to build muscles in the neck and upper body. Paediatricians recommend starting during the newborn phase; simply position your baby belly-down on your lap or chest for a few minutes, two to three times per day. Gradually increase the time your baby spends on his tummy until you reach a total of 20 minutes per session.
  2. Let her reach. Place your baby on her back underneath something dangly like a mobile. She might try to reach for it, which strengthens the muscles in the upper body.
  3. Vertical holding - Hold your baby upright in your arms and give their head just enough support so they can practice controlling it on their own. Initially their head may bobble but will get more steady with time.