Managing your baby’s head shape

Managing your baby’s head shape

By Desiree Frigenti – Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist & Director of Ocean Kids Health.

“A new baby marks the beginnings of all things – wonder, hope, and a beautiful dream of possibilities.”

Hello again!

When you have a new baby, there are thousands of concerns constantly running through your head. In recent years, a new concern is plaguing parents..

How do I help my baby maintain a good head shape?


Preventing a flat head in infants often involves simple strategies to promote proper head shape.

Here are some tips:

1. Tummy Time: Encourage supervised tummy time when your baby is awake. This helps strengthen neck and shoulder muscles and reduces the time spent on the back of their head.

2. Change Sleeping /Playing Positions: Alternate the direction your baby’s head faces while sleeping. This can be done by changing the position of the crib or changing the direction in their bassinet. Babies naturally turn their heads towards interesting stimuli, so changing the position may encourage them to look in different directions.

3. Hold and Carry: Hold and carry your baby in your arms as much as possible, providing opportunities for different head positions. Babywearing is also beneficial.

4. Limit Time in Devices: Limit the time your baby spends in devices like car seats, swings, and bouncers. Excessive time in these devices can contribute to flattening of the head.

5. Soft Surfaces: Use a firm mattress in the crib, as softer surfaces may contribute to head flattening.

6. Supervised Playtime: During playtime, place toys or interesting objects on different sides to encourage your baby to turn their head in various directions.

7. Avoid Excessive Time on Back: While it’s crucial for infants to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), provide supervised tummy time during awake hours to balance the time spent on the back.

8. Regular Check-ups: Keep regular appointments with your GP/Paediatrician who can monitor your baby’s development and address any concerns with a referral to a Paediatric Physiotherapist if there are concerns about your baby’s head shape. We are here to help!


Desiree Frigenti
Baby Senior Physiotherapist

Our Ocean Kids Health team are here to help you and your child thrive!