To develop your infant’s awareness of space around him, you can rock him very gently in a hammock, in both directions. Use a soft, round hammock with its ends hooked to the same place, taking care that your baby can breathe properly.
Because of his hypotonia, your child will also have more difficulty in starting walking. Even in the first months after his birth, foot massages will help him become aware of these parts of his body, in addition to relaxing and stretching them.
The nerve structures responsible for coordinating your child’s movements are not always mature, which explains certain balance problems. To help him find his balance and develop a sense of space, have him change position; take your child out of his bed, take him in your arms, move him about, have him sit, play with him, put him on your lap, your stomach, etc.
Baby swimming sessions can be a special moment with his parents. Your child must be properly vaccinated and his health must permit it (risks of ear infections, cold, rhinopharyngitis, etc.).Your child will develop numerous reflexes: holding his breath, blowing it out, coordination of his limbs. These movements, become automatic, will be useful later, for example in learning to blow his nose.
To help your child position himself in space and to encourage him to raise his head, position him on a large ball on his stomach while holding him securely. Now move the ball slowly back and forth, left to right, in small movements. The game of the big ball is usually the one children will enjoy for a long time.
To help your baby crawl when you feel he’s ready, lie him down on a slightly inclined surface. With your baby tilting forward slightly, guide his feet with your hands; in this way he will gradually acquire the crawling reflex.
Your child tones and strengthens his muscles better in his playpen than in a baby walker. After crawling your baby will want to be on all fours. Don’t shorten this very important period by wanting to make him stand up and walk too soon. You can aid your child in achieving the position on all fours with him lying on his back. Help him touch his knee with his hand by holding his hand and knee, because he may not be able to do it on his own. You can then alternate sides with these lateralisation exercises.
You can then take your child’s hand and set it on his raised knee. Do this first five times with the right hand on the right knee, then with the left hand on the left knee. Then, you can crisscross to establish the idea of alternating. Nevertheless, often these children will be slower in learning to be on all fours and will get around seated on their bottoms.
Learning to walk autonomously takes place on average around the age of 30 months. Once he is standing with a good sense of balance, and he is starting to walk, you can make sure he raises his knees properly. Small push carts are useful toys for helping your child take his first steps.
It’s a good idea to get him good shoes that support his weak ankles and compensate for the hypotonia of his feet. The shoes shouldn’t be too rigid, to not hurt his feet. If your child has a low arch, in other words if he is flat-footed, help him with adapted orthopaedic soles (available by medical prescription by consulting a foot specialist or orthopaedist).