Your Child now pushes the chest up during tummy time. This mini push-up is a giant achievement for your little one.
At around 3 – 4 months, babies begin to push their heads and chest up for at least 5 seconds at a time. This is a crucial step towards crawling; it shows that they developed healthy chest, neck, and arm muscles.
How to support this development
Continue with plenty of tummy time and give them an incentive to lift the head up by placing a large toy or object 20 – 30 centimeters away from them. This can entice a child to pull their head up to see the entire thing in front of them.
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)