Week 18: Kicking play helps your baby learn to roll
(Check out these two cuties in the video for some baby kicking motivation)
Your baby is figuring out that his legs and feet are parts of him. When he kicks, he starts to understand that his body can create noise or movement. He is also building important neck strength by tucking his chin to look down at his legs and feet. This “chin tuck” helps build strength for rolling over from back to side, and then eventually from his back to belly.
Here are some fun ideas for kicking play:
- Buy a couple of helium balloons and tie them loosely to your baby’s ankles.
- Wedge the edge of some tissue paper under a couch cushion for your baby to kick.
- Put your baby on his back on the floor, with rattle socks on his feet and show him how he can make crinkle or rattle noises by shaking his legs.
- Place him on his back with feet over the making sounds flap of The Play Gym.