If you read our blog last week, you know there are a number of milestones that a parent will start to notice during their child's first three months of life.
(If you haven't read last week's blog, click here: Milestone Moments: 0-3 Months.) However, if you haven't noticed your child doing some of these bullets, you might begin to worry that they aren't developing as quickly as you would like for them to. Here are some tips from one of our Physical Therapists on ways to get your little one moving during their first three months.
- Give your baby the opportunity to experience a variety of positions while they are awake, like on their back, both sides, and tummy.
- Switching arms with which the baby is held during feeding times is important as well. Leaving our babies in one position frequently for long periods can cause torticollis or other postural and orthopedic concerns.
- Position your baby out of "containers" frequently to give them an opportunity to move and interact. Containers can be anything like: carriers, swings and other devices that we use often. These are is fine to use as long as your baby is also getting plenty of interaction with their family and caregivers in avariety of places.
- Tummy time (prone positioning) can be tough for some babies. One great way to get some tummy time and work on the baby lifting his or her head is while lying directly on their mom, dad, or caregiver. Mom can lay on her back or sit reclined and place the baby directly on top of her in a prone position. Baby will listen to mom talking and eventually start to lift his or her head in response. This way, baby gets that tummy time, as well as comfort and interaction from a caregiver simultaneously.
- Watch to make sure your baby is moving. Movement may not be purposeful at first, but lack of movement in one or both of their arms or legs can be an indicator for issues that you may need to mention to your PCP.
- Be observant when your baby is in a resting position as well. Torticollis is a condition that occurs occasionally in kiddos this age when muscles in the neck tighten and cause a change in head and neck positioning. Take notice if their head is always tilted or rotated in a certain direction while lying down or in their carrier and mention it to your pediatrician if necessary.