With your new-born:
From the lying position, we put one hand under the neck, head, and upper back, and with the other hand we place it under the bottom.
With both hands, we maintain the baby in a fetal position, which is a calming position for him.
When changing diapers or during dressing time, you can rely on the baby’s skills to get him more cooperative and less passive.
Get him used lying on his tummy by putting him on the playmat and regularly changing his positions: from the back to the sides (you can use a baby wedge). Under observation, the tummy times are important. The baby will get used to be in this position when it’s for short periods and if you interact with him at these moments. Progressively, he will stay longer in the tummy position.
Put his toys in his field of vision, directly above his nose and away around 30 cm to encourage him to try to catch.
In those moments, on the mat, it can be a good time to share active-passive movements with him, to unify the two hemi body of the baby with:
It is a moment that the baby appreciates the activities and it can help him to explore new movements and release tensions.
To pull a baby to sit, and even if the baby had strong muscle tone, use the lateral movement by rotating his hip to the side and up while holding his arm. If we pull him up by holding his hands, it will provoke a hyperextension of the neck with his head backward.
Around 6 months, the baby can sit for a short time by supporting his back.
We can put the baby in a sitting position on his mat when he’s able to sit alone from the lying position, if not, he’ll be a “prisoner’s’” of this position.
Before being able to sit by himself, baby will experiment important steps as:
Also, for the stand-up position and afterward the walk, baby must experiment:
At last, when he is awake, calm, and up to, I suggest you to share a massage time with your baby.