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The Ridiculously Simple Newborn Care Tip Most Parents Don't Hear...Until It's Too Late

I'm Rachel Kohli and I'm the pediatric

occupational therapist mama of three and

total child development nerd behind can

do kiddo comm and I'm coming to you

today from 10 days postpartum land see

the bags under my eyes with an essential

newborn care tip for you that most

parents don't hear until it's too late

now as a baby development expert I have

advanced training in head shape and neck

tightness issues of infancy and so when

I say that many parents haven't heard

this ridiculously simple newborn care

tip until it's too late

what I mean is that they are now seeking

professional help

for a baby who's got head shape or neck

tightness issues so here's the super

simple totally doable even in this crazy

postpartum period tip for you turn your

newborn baby's head often in the first

two months of life so what do I mean by

turning your baby's head well let's take

a look I mean turning when you put baby

down to sleep turning when he's in tummy

time

turning your baby's head while he's

awake on his back

turning your baby's head while you're

wearing him in a carrier turning him

while you're holding it

here's a little-known nerdy fact about

your newborn most infants in the first

two months of life don't have the neck

strength and motor control to keep their

head centered in what we call the

midline of the body so what does this

mean it means your precious little

bobble head will fall to one side or the

when they're laying on their backs when

they're in tummy time when they're

upright worn or held and this is totally

normal in fact two of the earliest motor

milestones that your baby will be

working towards are learning to turn the

head from one side to the other

independently in all different positions

and learning to keep that head centered

above the body in what we call midline

they're working on these milestones so

hard in these first few weeks but

gravity certainly isn't helping it's

also very common for newborns to have a

preferred head position a direction they

more often turn their heads when

sleeping or lounging on the back when

they're doing tummy time being held or

worn now this is usually a reflection of

how they were positioned in the womb and

again it's very very common and doesn't

necessarily mean that there's a problem

the problem only comes if you don't

notice and correct preferred head

positions because over time they can

lead to head flattening which is

sometimes treated with a helmet or neck

tightness called torticollis so one of

our jobs as new parents in these very

early weeks of having a newborn as if

you didn't have enough to do right is to

help our little ones work their way out

of these preferred positions and the way

that they do that is through stretching

and strengthening now don't panic the

great news is this stretching and

strengthening that your newborn needs to

do it can happen during routine daily

care and activity all you have to do is

lovingly and gently help your little one

turn his sweet smelling newborn head to

each side often making head turning a

habit will help keep your baby's head

around and avoid the baby helmet and it

will help you notice and correct any of

those positional preferences your

newborn might have before the secondary

head and neck issues might set in

I'm Rachel Kohli from can-do kiddo calm

encouraging you to give this powerful

but simple newborn care tip a try today

happy playing and happy head-turning

you