Research published by the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that an infant’s head be turned regularly while lying on their back to avoid flat spots from occurring.
Repositioning will keep your baby’s head from always resting on the same area, allowing for a more even distribution of your baby’s head weight and helping to prevent and reshape flat spots.
Changing head positions also helps strengthen muscles in the neck, which is important as your baby begins to hold up her head and sit on her own.
Repositioning is important because some babies find a comfortable head position and stay there, which exacerbates Flat Head Syndrome.
Repositioning is critical from birth to six months of age, a period when a baby’s skull is soft and can be affected by constant pressure on one spot.
Repositioning at a Glance
Tummy Time • Switch up Sleeping Direction • Use Toys to Turn Head • Use a Tortle