It is not necessary to take a “wait and see” attitude if you notice that your baby is not achieving all her milestones on time. The longer you wait, the stronger the possibility that your child won’t reach her potential.
I am going to describe an exercise today which is fantastic and appropriate for almost all babies and toddlers.
It is especially beneficial for children with cerebral palsy (awesome for hemiplegia), Down syndrome, Spina Bifida, torticollis and more. If your child w-sits, or your baby can’t sit straight in the high chair, or she flops over when she attempts to sit independently, then this exercise will really help.
This activity is most demanding when it is done on a therapy ball, but you can start with your baby on the floor.
I normally start this exercise when the baby is trying to sit independently. It is possible to try earlier, but the baby will probably fall to the side and it’s not worth the effort. You would be giving too much support to make it effective.
Place your child on the floor in a sitting position. Next, take both her legs and bend them so that both knees face the same direction. At the same time, move them so that both feet end up near the right hip or the left hip. Be sure to support your baby at the trunk while you are doing this. The position she will end up in is called side sitting. If she has a weak trunk, or has spasticity (cerebral palsy) there is a tendency to fall to the opposite side of where the feet are placed. Be prepared. You can spread the feet apart a little bit … Read more