3 Months: Chin Tuck

Fin is 3 1/2  months old and is learning to hold a toy between his hands.  He can tuck his chin and gaze at the toy in hands for a moment.   Why is chin tuck considered an important early developmental milestone?

Chin tuck is the early building block of core engagement.  It happens naturally for most babies at around 3 months corrected age.   The active, alert and motivated infant will look toward a favorite toy that is held at their chest level, just above the spot where their hands are able to come together.    Simply looking down toward the toy is a good start. Progressing to the baby holding onto the toy with both hands while looking downward builds on this.

In Detail: The three-month-old is discovering postural control in midline.  One of the first stabilizing motions is the chin tuck.  The baby is able to stabilize the head and trunk in midline and begin to touch his hands together over the chest.  He will begin to spend moments looking down toward the hands as they are together.   Continue reading “3 Months: Chin Tuck”