From a neurological perspective it is vitally important that babies (from three weeks of age onwards) start to have short bursts of ‘tummy time’—time spent lying on their tummies and holding their own heads up. This simple act builds up their neck muscles and activates brainstem pathways which are critical for healthy brain development.
- Lay your baby on your chest and talk to them, you will encourage them to lift their heads and look you in the eyes.
- Each time you change your baby’s diaper, roll them on their stomachs for a few moments.
- Give them supervised time on their tummy on a playmat or on the floor with a variety of toys or interesting objects around them. They will move in their own way to grasp what they want, and develop other movement skills during the process.
Note: If your infant does not appear to like lying on their stomach, this could be an indication of spine or nerve irritation and it is best to have them checked by a Pediatric chiropractor. Curious to find out more? Call or email for your complimentary consultation.
Disclaimer: Chiropractic care supports overall health and healing, but is not a cure or treatment for neurological/development issues in children.