Awake Time Ideas Leaflet

Type(s): Document, Video

Babies born prematurely develop differently to babies born at term. Premature infants are at a greater risk of having delay in their motor development. Common reasons which cause this delay are:

  • Their muscles are imbalanced compared to a baby born at term
  • Their head shape may not be round, so they tend to favour facing one direction
  • They are easily distracted / over stimulated and have problems self calming

This booklet has been created for you, as their parents, to show you how you can provide additional support to help them learn new skills in the first few months after their due date. These early skills are; gaining good head control; raising their head and chest up when on their tummies