Emmy was 4 months old when the topic of a helmet was first brought up, which seems like such a short 18 months ago. It’s been 18 months since we spent HOURS Googling everything under the sun (“baby flat head”, “plagiocephaly” and “does my baby need a helmet”) and 18 months since we lost sleep for weeks on end over the whole ordeal.
At 4 months old, we committed to working on fixing the error at home. We did countless exercises and stretches and hours upon hours of tummy time. Come Emmy’s 6 months appointment, we got official word from her pediatrician to steer clear of the helmet. Improvements had been made, which was pleasing. But there was still a mild flatness which we continued to work on, using the same techniques as we had been.
So, we avoided the helmet.
But let’s have a moment of EXTREME honesty.
Is Emmy’s head perfectly round? Nope.
It is obvious? Most of the time, not at all.
Here are a few pictures that give you an idea of how it corrected itself.
Gah, isn’t; she just the SWEETEST?! You can see the mild flatness at the crown of her head in the photo where she is shopping for her first pet fish.
I receive countless emails every month from mothers who are in the same position we were a short 18 months ago.
While every email reads a little differently, they all have the same emotion behind them. Emotions that are all too familiar to Jay and I. Worry, despair, a little bit of guilt, a lot of questions. We were there too.
And I usually answer all of the emails the same. Based on what you and your doctor discuss, you, as the mother, are going to make the best decision possible. Which ever one you make will be the right one.
If you choose to take measures to correct at home, that’s great! If you decide to go with a helmet, WONDERFUL! Your decision will be made with much thought and even more love, which again, makes it the right one for you and your little one.
I hope this helps you wherever you are in your journey with your baby’s head shape.