When the mother or father embraces their children for the first time, their babies feel light as a feather. But the baby has great difficulty moving its head. Its head weighs almost a third of its soft body. While in the womb, this does not pose much of a problem. However, in the first weeks after birth, the baby’s muscles are still too weak to lift and move the head. A newborn baby only raises its head a few millimeters and turns it to the side when it is necessary, for example, when it cannot breathe. Nature has given him this survival reflex from birth. However, the head must be held securely while being lifted from the bed, in the bath, dressed or breastfed. First, it is enough to hold the baby’s head in the palm of the hand, then support the nape with two or three fingers.
What is there? Most babies struggle to get a glimpse of their surroundings. It works the neck and neck muscles while lying face down. Babies who are 3-4 months old can hold their heads up for a few minutes without assistance.
Are you keeping your kid’s little head intact? In the first weeks of life, the baby’s head should be supported. The best method for this is to lay the baby sideways. First, one side of the baby’s body is placed on the bed; the baby is then rolled over on his back or belly.
Is help needed? How can you lift the baby by holding the breast? While supporting the body with one hand, wrap the other hand around your baby’s arm. Then roll your baby sideways and hold your baby, wrapping it around your arm. Do not forget to support his head while lifting.
Is it fun? Development experts call this game “face to face”. In the face-to-face game that babies love, the distance between the mother and her baby’s faces is approximately 25-30 centimeters. The mother places the baby under her arms and supports the head with both hands. The baby, on the other hand, watches his mother’s gestures carefully and tries to imitate him.
Is it enjoyable? Newborns take great pleasure in being carried on their bellies. The head of the baby rests on the mother’s left arm and the body on the right arm. A comforting hold in which the baby feels safe and protected; because its head has a fixed support.
A 2-month-old baby should be supported slightly by the nape of the neck while lying on the side or taking it on the lap. In this way, his body gets support and helps him carry his little head.
Is the baby comfortable? The baby should stay still while drinking the milk from the bottle. Your baby’s head is on the inside of your elbow; body also stands on your lap, supported by your arm.
Can he breathe comfortably? In this posture, the child’s ear, shoulder and upper arm form a line. Its head is free; It breathes comfortably and absorbs breast milk easily.
Babies exercise and work constantly to move their heads. Parents can strengthen their child’s neck and nape muscles by carrying them on their abdomen or lying face down with a toy close to their sight. The baby tries to exercise his muscles and raise his head against his will.
A 2-month-old baby carries its head very well when raised from the side (see picture above). But it still needs support when you grab it by the back.
When he is 3 months old, he raises his head quite high when he is on his stomach. Most of the children win their fight against gravity forever after a month, and they always move their heads more confidently.
Some children take longer to develop. There is a side they love and they always turn their heads in this direction. Therefore, the nuchal muscles are loaded in one direction. In such a situation, the baby needs help. The baby should be lifted from the other side and encouraged to change the direction of view. The best method is to put interesting and colorful toys on the ‘weak side’ as much as possible. Thus, the baby tries to turn his head to be able to watch these attractive objects.