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Positioning Strategies for Preventing a Flat Spot

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

Why Reposition

Repositioning your infant off of the flat spot helps promote symmetrical cranial growth! Research shows that repositioning is an effective and recommended strategy for plagiocephaly (head asymmetry) up until a certain point. Many of our families start to struggle with repositioning efforts as babies get older and always welcome new ideas. We know that as your baby becomes more active, at 4-6 months of age, repositioning is not as effective because your baby is now able to reposition themselves. As your little one becomes more active, the risk for flattening is less but so is the likelihood for correction without the helmet. To get your little one up and off the flat spot as soon as possible, see these recommended strategies below. For more information on what the flat spot is exactly, see our post "What Is A Flat Spot?"

Your baby has preferences for sitting, eating, playing, and sleeping, just like you and I! These preferences and other pre/post- natal factors could lead to conditions like plagiocephaly and torticollis. Some flattening is present from birth however in some cases, flat spots and develop in the first few weeks due to how we position and routinely handle our baby. In some cases of plagiocephaly, a helmet is needed to get full correction, but there are many ways you can position your baby to assist with cranial development and possibly avoid a helmet!