A mini-milestone (let’s call it a stepping stone) that your baby will reach between 4 and 5 months is tucking their chin to their chest. The chin tuck is a powerful little movement for your baby, who is now starting to use his core muscles to move, rock and possibly even roll. A chin tuck develops strong neck muscles and an understanding of their body by shifting their weight on the floor - both needed to master a back to belly roll.
Looking towards your toes while on your back is an excellent exercise for your little one (and for adults too - sit-ups, anyone?), but regular play activities can make this workout more fun. Give your baby plenty of opportunity to kick his legs up, reach for his toes and even suck his toes if he wants to. Kicking play builds all the muscles needed to roll, but also to keep your balance when sitting and eventually walking.
Here are some super fun and easy ways to help your baby discover his feet & legs while perfecting the chin tuck:
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