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Teach your Baby to Play on it's Side - Preferred side LEFT

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

Does your baby have left positional plagiocephaly? This easy-to-follow exercise teaches you about how to encourage your baby to look to the right while playing.

Helping Your Baby Achieve Better Head Balance

Parents often notice that their babies have a preferred side to look towards. This can sometimes lead to a flattening of the head on that side, whether it's to the left or directly at the back. If your baby tends to look to the left, it's crucial to encourage more right-sided play to achieve a balanced head shape.

Why the Right-Sided Play?

Pediatric physiotherapists often advise letting your child play more on their right side to counterbalance the leftward flattening. In this position, your baby can have their hands together, front legs slightly forward, and most importantly, their hand can reach their mouth, which is a delightful play position for them.

How to Safely Encourage the Position

Always do this under supervision as the baby could easily roll back. One practical solution is to use a rolled-up bath towel for support, placing it behind the baby's back and under their head.

Getting Used to the New Position

Initially, your baby may keep their head turned to their preferred side even in the new position. However, gradual exposure will make them comfortable and realize the benefits of this more balanced posture. It is not only a relaxed but also a fun play position, especially when they can hold toys.

Adapting to the Baby's Needs

Should your child experience stomach cramps or become restless on the side, you can adjust the towel's position to provide a slightly reclined support, allowing your baby to lie half on the back and half on the side. It also allows you to make quick adjustments as you pass by, ensuring that the child stays in the encouraged position.

In Summary

Adapting your child's play position is a simple yet effective way to counterbalance head flattening. Always monitor their adjustment to the new position and adapt the setting as needed. Good luck!

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