Parenting is almost a subject with different lessons to be learned rather by hearted to excel at it. New parent often has a Pandora box of questions to be addressed regarding taking care of the baby to how do the baby grow to what not. It is natural to have it since the baby is a new soul in the world and as parents; we are responsible to look after him or her the way we look after ourselves.
Apart from the questions related to how to take care of the baby, the other most popular dilemmas surround around the growth or development and behavioral change of the baby. Basically- The milestones. We also know a few parents who like to maintain a diary or a scrapbook kind to register the developing activities of the baby. The question we are about to address here is what is the age or time when babies can start holding their head up on its own.
The bodily movement of the baby develops slowly and steadily, this is the age when the brain at a faster rate in order to get the basic activities simulated by the brain right. One of them includes the head movement too.
1. Age at which baby can hold their head up
When a baby is born, their body starts getting used to the outside environment slowly. The motor skills and the head and neck operation is quite weak at the time of birth.
This being the foundation to facilitate all other movements like sitting, crawling, etc. the first step the baby learns is to be able to move their head up. The answer to this simple question is 4 months old. Yes, at this time usually the baby starts to lift their head up. But this is only limited to very slight head movements.
The other movements associated with the head movement gradually progress in the following manner and age:
2. Holding head up in a sitting position
This happens when the baby reaches its 4th month. This is the time when the restricted head movement developed at one month slowly progresses to a stronger head control. It is still the time when the head and neck is still weak in its capacity. But by the time it reaches the 4th month, the baby is able to hold itself up when he is made to sit.
Even after sitting the baby can hold its head straight up at this point of time. Otherwise, still, the baby is unable to get up on its own as of now.
3. Controlled head movement
Once the baby finishes its fourth month and most part of the 5th, the baby starts to develop control on his head movements It can rotate its head, move it in direction and do a lot of stuff by the time he turns 5 months old. However, you can still not claim a 100% strength in its head movement till now.
4. Strong and steady head movement
The complete head movement and control gets steady and stronger only by the time the baby turns 6 months old. Once this milestone is achieved, he is able to make himself sit upright controlling his head movement.
The neck muscles have developed and gained enough strength by now for the baby to manipulate its sitting and sleeping on his own. He is able to move it further, bend it, and do all kinds of movements. He may also be crawling a little by now maintaining his head position.
To maintain this timeline here’s something that you can do to help the baby with its head muscles development:
– Encourage your baby and do not really be lenient at it
– At the same time, be extremely careful and overlook your baby
– Restrict some activities until the milestone is achieved
– When the baby is awake, try to put him on his stomach for him to push himself for certain movements.
– These movements exercise the head and neck muscles flexing it thus making them ready.
Although, this is the usual pattern followed by most of the babies. There are a lot of times when a baby develops slower than the rest. If you sense any worry then do get in touch with a child specialist to probe further.