3 Ways to Fix Your Baby’s Flat Head (Without the Helmet!)

Our little guy has been the best sleeper. I’m literally shocked. Recently, he’s been sleeping from 6:30pm to 5:30am, nurses for 10 minutes, then goes back down until 8:30am! Tonight is actually his first night in his own room. It’s bittersweet – in a way I’m happy to get our bedroom back, but in another, I’m super emotional about not having my little man next to me every night… We’ll see how it goes! I might move him back in if I can’t handle it quite yet 😉

Noah has been sleeping on his back, as recommended by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, but we’ve recently noticed he has a slightly flat spot on the back on his head. We never had this issue with Liam, so this is new to us. But, since this is our second baby, I am absolutely not freaking out about it – I know that this will rectify itself on its own eventually. A mild flat spot can correct itself as a baby grows and spends less time on his/her back.

However, to help move things along, we’ve been making some daily adjustments. If you, too, have noticed your infant has an oddly shaped head, here are a few ways to fix the issue:

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Tummy time is amazing for little ones. I wrote a post about tummy time when Liam was teeny tiny, and shared lots of tips and milestones. You can check it out here!  Tummy time will help develop your baby’s neck, shoulder, arm and back muscles. It will also help reduce the chance of your baby developing a flat spot as it gets them off the back of their head. Try to avoid prolonged use of rockers, swings, prams and carseats during the day if you can. This is easier said than done, especially when you have older children to supervise and entertain as well, but it’s important to at least be aware of how much time our babies are on their backs.

Tip: To make tummy time more enjoyable for a reluctant baby, use as many props as possible. Mobiles and mirrors are Noah’s favorite!

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Whenever you can, adjust your baby so that he doesn’t constantly lie on the flat side. This goes for feeds (if breastfeeding, try a different hold, and if bottle feeding, be mindful of not always feeding on the same side!), but also for sleep (when your baby is asleep, adjust him so that he doesn’t always have his head turned in the same direction.) During tummy time, try to have your baby look in both directions.

The key here is to make little adjustments to avoid worsening the flat spot.

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When I found out Noah had a flat spot, I immediately started researching flat head pillows on Amazon. Well, believe me, there are tons of options out there! I really liked the brands Nimbli and WelLifes, but my favorite has to be Minky Mooh. Screen Shot 2018-04-23 at 8.53.52 PM.pngThis set of two organic flat head pillows and pillow covers by Minky Mooh is perfect for babies. Unlike many other brands, the memory foam pillow is thin enough to be used in Noah’s Snoo crib at night, which is a major bonus.

You know what another major bonus is? Minky Mooh is offering Mama Naturelle readers 10% off their own pillow set with the code Naturelle10! Enjoy, Mamas!

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Johanna Riehm teaches in the department of Communication and Media at Manhattanville College and in the department of English at Mercy College. She teaches courses in the history of communication, public speaking, and social media, as well as creative and technical writing workshops. Johanna’s work has been featured in Graffiti Literary Magazine, The Write Place at the Write Time, The Bangalore Review, Cactus Heart Press, and the LaMothe Review. She is working on her first longer work, a creative nonfiction novel called We Carved Our Names in Tamarind Trees.

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