Your Child has developed stronger gross motor skills and can hold the head at 45° for up to 3 seconds during tummy time.
A baby’s head is heavy, the brain alone weighs up to 0.5 kilograms. To be able to lift such weights and hold them up, is a big achievement for small babies. The reward is being able to see what’s going on independently.
How to support this development
Tummy time is the best way to strengthen your baby’s neck, so make sure Your Child spends enough time on the belly. Note that in the beginning, children will hardly be able to hold up their heads, but gradually, the muscles will strengthen, and one day, they will.
If your baby starts to fuss during tummy time, use toys or get any of the siblings to entertain your little one so they remain motivated!
Note: All children develop differently and at their own pace. For children born preterm, the referred timeframe for achieving the various developmental milestones might be incorrect.
Source: The information and graphs about when children reach specific milestones are taken from various sources, including the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Denver Developmental Screening Test, and the State Institute of Early Childhood Research, Germany (IFP).
Ketsupa Jirakarn (Mental health specialist) (10 June 2021)