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  • Writer's pictureJustin Prenioslo

The Importance of Core Strength in Babies: Building a Strong Foundation

Core strength is a fundamental aspect of your baby's physical development. It supports balance, stability, and coordination, which are crucial for milestones such as sitting, crawling, and walking. At Stork Mobile Physiotherapy, we emphasize the importance of core strength in infants and provide tips to help parents support their baby's development.

Why is Core Strength Important?

Core muscles, including the muscles of the abdomen, back, and pelvis, provide the foundation for all movements. Strong core muscles are essential for:

  • Sitting Up: Helps maintain an upright position without support.

  • Crawling: Promotes proper movement patterns and coordination.

  • Standing and Walking: Supports balance and stability.

  • Fine Motor Skills: Enhances the ability to perform precise movements with the hands and fingers.

Signs of Weak Core Strength in Babies

  • Difficulty maintaining a seated position

  • Frequent falls or inability to stay upright

  • Delayed milestones such as rolling, crawling, or walking

  • Poor posture

Tips to Encourage Core Strength in Babies

In home stork physio helping a baby with their core to crawl over a pillow
  1. Tummy Time: This classic exercise helps strengthen the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and back. Aim for several short tummy time sessions throughout the day.

  2. Sitting Play: Encourage your baby to sit and play with toys. Use a pillow or your legs to support them initially, gradually reducing the support as they gain strength.

  3. Rolling Games: Help your baby practice rolling from back to tummy and tummy to back. Place toys just out of reach to motivate them to roll.

  4. Crawling: Create a safe and engaging environment for your baby to explore and crawl. Use tunnels, cushions, and toys to make crawling fun.

  5. Balance Activities: Hold your baby in a seated position on your lap and gently rock them side to side and back and forth to improve balance and core stability.

  6. Ball Play: Use a large exercise ball to gently rock your baby back and forth while they lie on their tummy. This can help strengthen core muscles.

  7. Supported Standing: Encourage your baby to pull up to stand using furniture. Once they can stand with support, encourage cruising along furniture to build leg and core strength.

Contact Stork Mobile Physiotherapy

If you have concerns about your baby's core strength or overall development, reach out to Stork Mobile Physiotherapy. Our pediatric physiotherapists can provide personalized assessments and targeted interventions to support your baby's growth.

Schedule your appointment online here or contact us at 587-606-2291. We bring expert physiotherapy services directly to your home, ensuring your baby receives the best care in a familiar and comfortable environment.

Encouraging core strength in babies is crucial for their overall development. For personalized support and expert guidance, contact Stork Mobile Physiotherapy.


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