Observe the infant when sitting on the adult’s lap.
The adult holds the infant in a sitting position, either facing the adult or facing outward. Hold the infant securely under the arms and provide support as soon as the infant’s head starts to bob.
The infant’s head bobs when held without support, but may stabilize for a few seconds.
Very young infants do not yet have neck stability. Parents can provide opportunities for infants to try supporting the head in different positions such as on the adult’s shoulder or lap or on the infant’s tummy.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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