Balance – birth to four months

This sense is ready at birth to give the brain signals so baby can learn to stay balanced, hold head up, have good posture and move body parts, like eyes.

Gentle rocking, swinging, bouncing, carrying or changing baby to a new position:

  • calms baby’s brain so they cry less
  • is more soothing than just touch
  • makes baby’s eyes more alert so they can take in more information
  • makes baby sleep
  • gives baby’s brain information they need to later stay balanced, hold head up, move eyes, sit, crawl, stand and walk.
Published — 20 February 2019 Last updated — 20 March 2019

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