5 Ways to Enhance Your Baby's Motor Skills


Head Control

One of the first things new parents are taught is to support the baby's head because baby can't do it himself until about 3 months of age.

  • Once his neck muscles strengthen, he'll be able to do "mini push-ups," raising both head and chest off the floor.
  • By about 7 months of age, your baby will attain full control of his head and will be able to hold it steady for a long time while sitting on your lap or being held upright.

To help baby develop head control:

1. Place your baby stomach-down on the floor. Do this several times a day to let him practice.

2. Entice your baby to lift his head. Put an unbreakable mirror or large picture in front of him, or get down on the floor face-to-face with him.