Head control in babies


When do babies get head control?

Babies are fragile and they need to be hold properly, providing lots of support to head and neck. Baby’s neck muscles take about one month to grow stronger, in order to let her hold the head on her own. Head control in babies is normally achieved at 3 months of age.

Can you help babies get head control?

Milestones are achieved at baby’s own pace. We can help baby achieve them fast for sure by practicing certain techniques. But first of all, wait till your baby starts to have some wakeful sessions during the day. Then you may try to use her active time before feed, to play with her.

How can you help baby get head control?

Put the baby on her stomach on a play-mat (strictly only under your supervision). Some babies will be very happy to explore this new activity. Others may feel uncomfortable and start crying at first. Don’t force the baby to lay in this position for long time. Keep trying for small sessions, according to her mood. Babies like to explore the world by their own eyes. So, they will try to lift their head  in tummy down position as they have restricted access to the view.

How long will it take for your baby to learn head control?

An active baby should be able to lift her head for small duration, at the end of 1 month. A two month baby would master the act of lifting the head by 45 degrees. Tummy time aids the development of  neck, chest and arm muscles  eventually, and enables the baby to lift her head without help. Babies are able to take the weight of torso on their forearms by the end of 3 months. By six months, baby will have developed strong neck muscles, to be able to hold her head firm, and also get total control over turning it sideways.

Is there a need to worry if your baby is not able to achieve head control?

Don’t worry if your baby is behind these milestones. This may be due to the fact, that you had given birth before completion of 37 weeks of pregnancy. Premature babies reach their milestones late, but still catch up and spends the normal life later. Always consult the doctor if you are worried about your child still not reaching milestones.