This is a discussion on 3mths already but neck is still weak within the Newborn Baby and Infant Care (up to 12 months old) forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; my gal's neck is still as weak and when on tummy time, she just lie there and refuse to move ...
my gal's neck is still as weak and when on tummy time, she just lie there and refuse to move her head, not even turning frm side to side, not to mention lifting... is this norm?
all my friends around me who have babies were all already sitting up against cushions and able to hold their head... it worries me when i see her just lie on there on her tummy and not moving her head...
yup, bbs develop differently.
maybe you can help your baby by holding toys, such as rattles, to attract her attention when she's on her tummy?
My girl's neck was also a bit weak when she was about 3 mths old. So I would take a few minutes before her feed to place her on her tummy, and encourage her to lift her head up by holding toys in front of her.
I would smile and clap like crazy whenever she lifted her head up, and i think the cheering worked wonders.
I had to be careful not to put her on her tummy when she was full or she would fuss and complain.
I read that you can always try carrying her upright (burping position) instead of in the cradle position - that encourages her to lift her head and look around.
My girl faces the same problem too when she was 3 months and she can't even lift her head when in tummy... So i brought her to Kandang Kerbau Hospital for further assessment after diagnose at polyclinic saying that she had slight intonation...
pediatrician at Kandang Kerbau Hospital took her blood test to check her hormones ( hormones problem may result to neck problem) and asked us to observe for another month... Her blood test turns out alrtite but recently pediatrician found out that baby's head tend to tilt backwards.. pediatrician said it might be due to compensation of what she had slowed out in development but it might be other problems... So for assurance, she referred us to see a neruologist to chck on her nerves next month...
So if you are fine with waiting then obeserve for another month.. if not, go for a check... if anything, it is best to discover early and treated early..
Some babies' necks become stronger at 4mths rather than 3mths. Not to worry.
dear son is 3 month plus, going 4th month next week... his neck is still not 100% straight... sometimes will sudddenly 'drop'... i agree with snowbear mummy, 3mth still early, mayb you should observe until 4mth +??
uddermummy: tried with the toy method.. she just lie there and not lifting at all... sometimes she just cries and cries, i reali dont know why.....
meiteoh: i have put her in burping position since she was bout 2mths++, but still she wil have one side of her face against me, and not turing her head at alll....
infinity88: what is the prob your gal is facing?
snowbear & reginakoh: thks! i guessed maybe i shld observe till she's 4mths ... reali hope everything's fine with her...
Have you tried switching shoulders or maybe get her attention from the other side with a toy? Eva likes to look at just one side but I try to get her to look around as well and I also switch the shoulders that she burps on, just to make it even.
A lot of babies dont't like tummy time so it's up to us to make it interesting. Eva used to cry out seconds after being on her tummy but now, she tries to move and lift her head. I think the biggest difference between the first few tries and now is that 1) I lie down or put my head on her level so she sees me and assumes that I'm trying to connect with her and 2) I cheer her on. As stupid as it sounds, I'm her cheerleader and I noticed that every time I cheer her on by telling her that she can do it, she actually tries.
But really, if she's having a hard time, dont't force her. All babies are different and dont't follow the same development route. Just monitor her and try your best.
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Just a quick question, how was your calcium intake before & during your pregnancy?
Cos this may affect whether baby's neck is strong or not. So far for me, my cousins & friends, it's very true. Those who took loads of calcium, either in pills or through food, had kids with very strong necks & also started crawling/walking earlier.
My boy's neck was very stable by 2.5mths. According to my textbook/reference books, most babies' neck will become stable at 3-5mths, depending on development. If baby's head is big, may also cause the neck to seem 'weaker' cos it needs to support a greater weight.
My boy sat in his bumbo from 3mths onwards & he was stable (no bobbing heads).
Give your baby some time. If you are getting paranoid about it, just bring to pediatrician to check.
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pin's neck also quite strong.
perhaps like stonston mention, depend on the calcium intake?
from about 4 mths preg i drank one carton of fresh milk everyday.
pin's head was very steady arnd 3 mths. n about 3.5 mths she can sit up by herself (on the sofa with cushions on the side) without any support already.
maybe you try to carry her upright instead. it can help.
Ermmm... threadstarter, i really dont know whether there is something wrong with my girl or maybe its just slow developement... Me observing but will be bringing her for further tests..
ya baby needs exercise to support neck.I put my baby in her bumbo seat when she is about 7 weeks old.She can sit about 5-10 mins unsupported after which she wld start to wail.I also give her lots of tummy time n carry her upright except when she is in the sling.
wow! your daughter looks pretty big. hehehe.. which is great!
my boy was very small. and he could only manage to sit in bumbo at around 3 months. he was only 2.3kg at birth. i think the strength of the neck and spine also depends on the size and weight of the baby.
so cute!!!! sleeps like angel...
my boy was only 5kg at about 3 months... coz he likes to sleep, dont't like to eat. zzzz...