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Side lying is an excellent position to foster “midline” awareness and

bilateral hand play.

 

You may be saying—  WHAT??

 

Our brains are made up of two halves that have to work in sync to accomplish tasks. A baby needs to be able to find midline (the middle of his/her body) and be able to cross this line, first with eyes, followed by turning his/her head, and then by being able to bring hands together to this place. This develops with a LOT of steps. Without getting technical, here is what you can DO to help your baby accomplish this:

 

For eyes and head, you start with your baby on his/her back and get his/her attention with a toy and bring the toy across from side to side SLOWLY. As you near the middle, see if your baby loses the object or is able to follow across. This is a great first game to play.

 

Back to side lying….

 

Your baby can easily find his or her hands in midline by simply placing your baby on his/her side. Many babies try to get out of this position. Block them from rolling all the way to their back so that they can learn to rock in and out of full sidelying.

 

–Place a toy in their hands and watch them explore.

–Lay down facing them and talk or let them touch your nose, etc

–Place a baby proof mirror or a bright and fun toy for them to look at or reach for

Some great toys for “looking” in this positon:

Sassy Crib and Floor Mirror

Taggies Tag N Smile Mirror

Color Burst Mirror

Fisher Price Muscial Mirror

 

Check my store HERE for more toy ideas!

Get creative and get to side lying! It is a very important and often overlooked position.

Remember: It is super important to monitor and stay with your baby. Also, all changing positions is very important to maintain head shape. 

More ideas and information can be found in my books:
1.) My Baby Moves: Toddler Games

Gross motor activities using many popular songs and games with all lyrics and ways to incorporate these into playtime with your child. Don’t miss the opportunities every day to interact and help your child grow stronger through songs and games you are familiar with but might not fully remember!

To download this book, click HERE

 

2.) Early Intervention Basics: Birth to 12 Months

This is a guide to all five areas of development for infants 0-12 months. This covers a description of basic skills for each of the five areas: Cognitive, Motor, Social/Emotional, Self-Help, and Communication. Along with the skills, ideas for helping a child attain these skills are given. More emphasis is given to the motor domains; but all areas of development are discussed. This guide is designed for easy reading and can be used by a student, parent, or therapist wanting to explore some ideas for helping a child expand his or her developmental skills.

To download this book, click HERE