Most newborn babies can’t hold their heads pointed forward; you may notice that your baby’s head usually flops one way or the other. Babies are actually born with a preference for turning their heads to a particular side. This is because of how they were positioned in the womb.
Occupational therapists recommend turning your baby’s head from side to side to avoid a flat spot forming and neck muscles tightening.
How to do it:
- Gently turn your baby’s head from side to side when he is in the carrier, during tummy time, while holding him, and when he’s awake on his back
- If you notice he’s always looking to the same side, gently position him so he is facing the other way; offer him a black and white image to look at
- Don’t force his head if it seems tight, and talk to your doctor if you have concerns
Rachel Coley is a pediatric occupational therapist with advanced specialized training in infant neurodevelopment. Here is a link to her how-to video about head-turning.