This plagiocephaly infant repositioning technique involves placing your baby on their tummy to play while they are awake and you are with them. This is a great exercise as they learn how to prop their arms and develop the spinal extensors and hips. If your baby struggles, try rolling up a towel and placing it under their chest to offer them additional support.
Some parents struggle with tummy time if their baby starts to cry, as some do not like to go onto their tummy. If this is the case, we suggest starting a little more gently using the following baby repositioning techniques:
- Cross your knees and lie your baby across them with their arms propping on your crossed knee and your hand supporting under the bottom.
- Carry your baby face down along your forearm like a sleeping tiger.
- Carry your baby facing out rather than cradled in your arm.
- Use a papoose or carrying sling.
These simple methods help to improve your baby’s strength, spine and neck control and can lead to a reduction in the tendency for a flattening to develop.
If you are not seeing significant improvement by the age of five months, cranial remoulding will improve the head shape much more rapidly, and a better, fuller improvement can occur.