What can I do to help prevent a flat spot?
The best prevention is to provide your baby ample “tummy time” every day.
I recommend beginning tummy time right after the cord stump falls off. Start with short sessions, totaling a few minutes a day. As your baby gains strength and can tolerate more, add more tummy time gradually.
Encourage your baby to look both ways during tummy time. If your baby is favoring one side, focus on encouraging baby to turn only the other side first. Eventually, the goal is for baby to be able to turn to either side comfortably.
In some cases, tummy time alone doesn’t resolve unevenness or a developing flat spot, and special support is needed. In those cases, getting help early is key to the best prognosis for your baby.
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