As some of you may remember, my daughter Jaelyn wore a Doc-Band helmet around 6 months old because she had a flat head (click here to view post). This happens sometimes with babies today since they are sleeping on their backs and in time it can create a flat spot on the back of the head. Well, I must have soft-headed babies because Griffin too has a flat head! First I would like to say that in the scheme of life this is SO not a big deal. In fact, at times, having a helmet made my life easier since babies hit their heads when learning to sit up, move, crawl, etc. With that said, I have been in proactive mommy-mode trying to correct and reshape his head to keep him out of a helmet. For those of you out there who are in the same boat, I thought I would share some of my tips because his head is SO much better already and I am almost certain we have self-corrected this problem (wohoo!)
I started noticing the flat side around two months of age. For the next month, I tried to do more tummy time and encourage him to turn his head on the opposite side. When he turned three months, I noticed it had gotten worse and I needed a better solution if we were going to round it back out. I went to the doctor and she suggested positioning him on his side, sandwiched between two 10 pound rice bags. Every nap and night sleep is done on his side (opposite of the flat part). Here are some pictures of my little prince getting the “royal” treatment!
Another tool I have found helpful is a Noggin Nest (great name, right?) It is simply a pillow with a hole cut out of the center so babies are not applying pressure to the back of the head. I use mine in the car seat, swing, bouncer, and when he lays on the floor. It has been really helpful and I am determined to put up a good fight against this flat head situation! This mommy is on a mission….wish me luck, I will let you know how it goes! (noggin nest photos NOT taken by Beauties & Babies)