0 - 12 Weeks

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6 positions with a baby's head being rotated by a woman's hand

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. Because of how they were positioned in the womb, babies are actually born with a preference for turning their heads to a particular side.

Occupational therapists recommend turning your baby’s head from side to side to avoid a flat spot forming and neck muscles tightening.

Here’s how to safely and gently turn your baby’s head:

  • Gently turn your baby’s head from side to side when they’re in a carrier, during tummy time, while holding them, and when they’re awake on their back.
  • If you notice they’re always looking at the same side, gently position them, so they are facing the other way; offer them a black and white image to look at.
  • Don’t force their head to turn if it seems tight, and talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

Rachel Coley is a paediatric occupational therapist with advanced specialized training in infant neurodevelopment. Here is a link to her how-to video about head-turning.


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