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#1 PippyLongStockings

Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:17 PM


Just wondering when your baby was able to support his/her head unassisted.

My little boy is only a month old and he isnt able to support his head for any longer than a second or two. Im guessing this is the norm.

Also is there anything you are supposed to do with your baby to help build up the muscle in the neck?

Im a first time mum and have no idea.

Thanks ladies

#2 kircon@hotmail.com

Posted 27 September 2006 - 12:35 PM

my ds is 5 months now and its only in the last few weeks that he has been able to hold his head up for more than a few seconds.
What i did to encourage him was to place him belly down on my lap.

#3 **Risha**

Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:32 PM

My DD could pretty much support her head the day she was born  wacko.gif . She's weird!

#4 Tree Changer

Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:45 PM

My DD could hold her head from the word go too!! I know that another good exercise is "tummy time". They may not like it at first but you just build up the time gradually. This can be anything from on a mat with a nappy rolled up and placed under their armpits for extra support to having them on your tummy facing you, so you are basically tummy to tummy - I loved this one the best!

#5 kawaii

Posted 27 September 2006 - 02:21 PM

My baby was holding its head up in the womb in the u/s photos. Sorry now I am just taking the mickey out of everyone wink.gif

#6 Etcetera

Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:19 PM


DS has really good head and neck control too. He's actually quite advanced in this area when i look at the milestones in books.
Im lucky in that he loves his tummy time. If your baby doesnt, lean back in a comfy chair and place bubs semi-upright on your chest - DS loves this too.

This is a good site for milestones original.gif

#7 ~kylie~

Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:35 PM

All 3 of mine could do it from birth.. but I have strong babies.

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