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My newborn baby is holding his head up.

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DaleyBump Sat 30-Nov-13 21:30:04

Sorry, no idea if I'm posting this in the right place. DS was born on Friday and he keeps holding his head up, even when I'm supporting it. Is this normal? Will he hurt himself? Probably totally paranoid and pfb, sorry!

babybarrister Tue 03-Dec-13 22:17:51

Same here with DS on birth - big, late and DH is a rugby player with a 52 inch chest. .....!

Joyx2boys Tue 03-Dec-13 11:39:11

My mother told me recently that my oldest brother, was able to hold his head up from birth, she said he just had a strong neck & back. I have an 11wk old who's holding his head quite well & enjoys a good look around when he's being carried.

Wingdingdong Sun 01-Dec-13 19:52:01


Both of mine did this. One was big (and strong). The other, DC1, had a problem with her neck muscles (torticollis) and couldn't actually turn/move her head far, so it was stuck like that. She needed a year of physio. It's unlikely that's the case with your baby, but if you're worried rather than proud, please do ask your GP.

TheCountessOlenska Sun 01-Dec-13 19:47:15

Ha, broodiest thread ever! grin

bluecheeseforbreakfast Sun 01-Dec-13 16:52:04

My ds did this, people would tell me off for not supporting his head but he hated it, he'd try to pull his head away from my hand.

Ds is a very chilled baby, he is 11 months and very physical, he's been walking for 2 months and he climbs everything, he climbs in and out of his buggy, he could climb stairs at 6 months and climb out of his highchair ( with the strap on!) at 7 months.

MiaowTheCat Sun 01-Dec-13 08:49:43

Both of mine have had fairly decent neck strength from early on - GP commented on their strength doing both of their 6 week checks and DD2's got a bloody death grip when she's got hold of stuff now!

LovesBeingHereAgain Sun 01-Dec-13 08:45:54

Love seeing the breast crawl vids

out2lunch Sun 01-Dec-13 00:39:46

he he me too mrjolly

MrJollyLivesNextDoor Sat 30-Nov-13 22:27:39

MotheringShites peck at your shoulder like little chicks.....maybe just one more.

Aahh they do don't they grin

I want another one shock

Someone slap me quick

DaleyBump Sat 30-Nov-13 22:15:42

*and congratulations smile

DaleyBump Sat 30-Nov-13 22:15:15

grin thanks for all the advice and stories grin

MotheringShites Sat 30-Nov-13 21:59:05

Love the way newborns and tinies lift their head and peck at your shoulder like little chicks.....maybe just one more.

nowahousewife Sat 30-Nov-13 21:57:37

Congratulations on your new baby. Mine were both late and both big babies and yes they were both lifting their heads within the first week. V nice having strong, sturdy babies.

Figgygal Sat 30-Nov-13 21:55:18

Yup mine did it from day 1 too love non wobbly babies

OddBoots Sat 30-Nov-13 21:51:18

Acording to my dad my brother propped himself up on his elbow and looked around the room before the cord was even cut, he was crawling by 4 months, walking by 8. Some children are just like that.

UniS Sat 30-Nov-13 21:50:35

yep- some do. DS did. Only problem it caused was for me, I kept forgetting that other people babies needed their heads supported. They seemed so floppy compared to DS.

BertieBowtiesAreCool Sat 30-Nov-13 21:49:55

DS did this too and you'll be pleased to know he didn't grouch at the concept of being a baby grin he was generally lovely and very chilled out. Slept for hours too although he was alert when awake. So I don't think it makes any difference! He crawled and cruised early but didn't sit or walk until quite late.

VisualiseAHorse Sat 30-Nov-13 21:49:54

My lad did it quite early too, maybe day three... Just make sure if you're 'tummy time' that the surface is quite soft, as he may suddenly just drop his head and hurt his wee nose. And continue to support his head when holding him at all times, his neck is still very weak so he won't be able to hold steady for a long time.

MrJollyLivesNextDoor Sat 30-Nov-13 21:48:58

Congratulations thanks

You're not paranoid, DS (born 2 weeks late) was the same. He also couldn't wait to start pulling himself up, crawling, walking, jumping etc (brace yourself grin )

BalloonSlayer Sat 30-Nov-13 21:48:46

My first did this too.

Was also late to walk/sit up/anything and the most un-sporty person (apart from me) you are ever likely to meet.

So . . . imo . . . a good sign of a healthy baby but don't start expecting top sportsman because it's not necessarily a sign of anything much. I think I might have worried that it was a sign that DS1 "needed something that I was maternally failing to offer and was craning his neck looking for it " - well that wasn't so. hmm )

HappyHolidaysOneAndAll Sat 30-Nov-13 21:48:41

Both mine could too, people found it very odd!

HoratiaDrelincourt Sat 30-Nov-13 21:48:15

All three of mine have done this.

Congratulations on your new arrival!

out2lunch Sat 30-Nov-13 21:47:15

yy congratulations daley smile

likelytoasksillyquestions Sat 30-Nov-13 21:46:48

Mine did this, too. It makes sense with his personality - he hated the dependency of babyhood and grouched pretty much nonstop til he was mobile sorry at which point he turned into an endlessly-delighted charm.

He was also ridiculously alert and sleepless. sorry again

His urge-to-independence took me by surprise and really challenged me tbh, but I love it about him now.

He didn't crawl, roll, walk particularly early. He did talk v well early, though.

Ramble, ramble. Congratulations!

Vicki1972 Sat 30-Nov-13 21:43:32

My oldest was holding her head up really early as well.

You do need to make sure you are still supporting it though as their muscles are still really weak and they have a tendency to suddenly flop.

Congrats by the way.

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