At what age does an infant's neck muscles become strong enough to support its head?
Your baby's neck muscles are fairly weak at birth, so she'll rely
on you to support her head and neck for at least the first month or
so. Perhaps it's nature's way of ensuring you lots of face-to-face
interaction. As you cradle her in your arms, enjoy the chance to
gaze into her eyes -- it'll help you bond and make her feel
One to two months
By the end of her first month, she should be able to lift her head
briefly and turn it from side to side when lying on her stomach. At
around six to eight weeks, if she's especially strong, she'll raise
her head while lying on her back. When you carry her on your
shoulder, she'll have enough control to hold her head up shakily,
but not for long. She'll also be strong enough to hold up her head
in a car seat, infant carrier, or babysling, but she's still too
wobbly for an off the road buggy or a backpack. Wait to use these
until she can hold her head up steadily without any support from
you. Right now, you can probably put her in her bouncy seat and she
will watch the world go by.
Three to four months
You'll notice a definite improvement in head control by this time.
She's able to raise her head 45 degrees while lying on her stomach
and keep it up steadily. For a fun game that also develops her neck
muscles, place your baby on her back and slowly pull her up by her
hands to a sitting position. Slowly ease her back down, and repeat.
At this age she should be able to hold her head in line with the
rest of her body as it's pulled up. Your child may be ready for an
off-the-road buggy at four months, but stick to the pavement for
Five to six months
By six months, she'll be able to hold her head steady and erect,
and she'll flex it forward when she's pulled into a sitting