BBL 083: How to Prevent Flat Head Syndrome with Jennifer Todd Barnard

More and more babies are having problems with flat head syndrome – called plagiocephaly. In this episode I interview Jennifer, a pediatric occupational therapist who has made it her life’s mission to educate parents on plagiocephaly and torticollis (stiff neck). She shares exactly how you can keep your baby’s head nice and round, help baby enjoy tummy time, and more 🙂

Topics We Discuss in This Podcast:

  • What is flat head syndrome – and why it’s becoming so common
  • Why you should carefully consider how many “baby containers” you put your little one into
  • Simple steps to prevent plagiocephaly (flat head)
  • What to do if your baby doesn’t like tummy time (plus how long tummy time should really last – you’ll be surprised!)
  • How to follow your baby’s lead and understand his or her needs for tummy time (and life!)
  • Why torticollis, or “stiff neck,” is a problem for babies – and how to spot the signs it’s an issue for your little one
  • A big hint for breastfeeding moms struggling with baby preferring one side over the other
  • Babies don’t just “grow out” of flat head or a stiff neck – this is why it’s important to address early
  • When you should look for a therapist – and what you can expect from her sessions with your baby

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Things Mentioned on This Week’s Podcast

  • Baby Begin – Jennifer’s website is packed with information, videos, and more helps for parents!

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Kristen is a pregnancy coach, student midwife, and a mama to 8 - all born naturally! I've spent nearly two decades helping mamas have healthy babies, give birth naturally, and enjoy the adventure of motherhood. Does complete support for a sacred birth and beautiful beginning for your baby resonate with you? Contact me today to chat about how powerful guidance and coaching can transform your pregnancy, birth, and mothering journey <3

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