Repositioning Techniques

Tortle Provides Revolutionary Repositioning Capabilities

Learn our Tortle tips and tricks to promote your baby’s healthy head and neck development.

The Repositioning Research

Research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an infant's head be turned each time they are placed on their back to sleep. This prevents flat spots from occurring. This repositioning technique keeps your baby’s head from always resting on the same area, allowing for a more even distribution of weight. Changing head positions also helps strengthen and correctly stretch muscles in the neck. This muscle strength is important once your baby begins holding up their head, and sitting up on their own. 

Proper Head Care in Action

Tummy Time • Switch up Sleeping Direction • Use Toys to Turn Head • Use a Tortle

Tummy Time

During playtime, make sure your baby gets plenty of “tummy time.” A baby should spend at least 30–60 minutes a day on their tummy (more is better), and always under supervision. This gives your baby’s head a rest, and encourages the use of arm, leg, and neck muscles, helping to strengthen them.

Switch up Sleeping Directions

Infants should be placed on their back when sleeping. Change up your baby’s sleeping position by alternating their direction in the crib. For example, place your baby’s head at the top of the crib one night and toward the bottom the next. This change encourages them to turn their head in different directions to avoid resting in the same position all the time. The crib can also be moved near a window, as babies are attracted to light and will try to move their heads toward it.

Use Toys to Turn Baby’s Head

Place a mobile on the side of the crib or playpen, as the movement and sound encourages your baby to look in that direction. Alternate the side and position of this mobile to keep your baby’s head and neck actively moving.

Try a Tortle!

Repositioning Your Baby's Tortle Beanie

Watch and learn how to properly place the Tortle on your baby's head.

Extra Tortle Tips

Limit Chair Time

Car seats, carriers, swings, bouncers, and other devices allow babies to rest for long periods of time on the backs of their heads, creating continual pressure.

Change Holding Arms

Alternate the arm you use to hold your baby while carrying, and during bottle or breastfeeding.