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Tag: controlling baby muscles

Gross Motor Development: Controlling the Big Muscles

Published January 16, 2008        by Nicole

Head Control The first motor hurdle your infant must clear is to gain control over his relatively large head.If you imagine trying to lift your head while balancing a huge, unabridged dictionary on top of it, you will have some idea of the challenge facing your baby.He will spend the first three or four months learning to control his head movements. Gradually, his neck muscles will strengthen and his head will become less wobbly.In the meantime, you will need to support his head when you pick him up.By three months he will be able to control his head when gently pulled up to sit, though his head will still bob a little if you hold him in a sitting position.By four to six months, his head doesn’t fall backward as you sit him up; and once sitting, he can hold his head steady. Despite the Read more