These recommendations are based on corrected age. Your baby’s corrected age is calculated based on your baby’s original due date.
- Sometimes babies who spend time in an NICU have difficulty calming themselves, so the use of a soother is a good calming strategy.
- Sucking on a soother has been shown to be an effective strategy that will calm and keep the baby calm.
- When a baby is calm, this helps the baby learn about their environment and their caregivers.
- The best shape is one that is round and not flat on one side. This shape promotes normal tongue action.
- By making a roll and placing the baby’s head on it, this will help the baby keep the head in midline. By keeping the head in midline, this can begin to assist the baby to make eye contact.
Play mats and tummy time mirror
- It is time for “tummy time” to be on the floor. Lots of tummy time will help your baby’s will increase the strength of the abdominal and shoulder muscles. This will help the gross motor skills such as sitting, crawling and eventually walking.