Massage can be very helpful in calming baby and releasing tight fascia and muscles.
Massage of the neck and back when baby is in Kangaroo is a wonderful place to begin.
With olive, coconut, or grapeseed oil on your hands, and with baby laying down, lightly stroke
In a bath you can also do a gentle stretch of baby's neck, moving one of their ears down toward their shoulder and back again repeatedly. Also, do the other ear.
With olive, coconut, or grapeseed oil on your hands, gently draw a line from the R hip to the R ribs. Then draw an upside down L from the R hip, to the R ribs, and over to the L ribs. Then draw an upside down horseshoe from the R hip, along the base of the ribs and down to the L hip. Gently repeat.
These videos might help you:
Roll baby from the back to the tummy by laying baby on the floor, bring one knee up to the chest, then bring that knee over their body toward the floor. The head and torso will follow and they will toll onto the tummy.
This video might help:
When it is time to help them roll from the tummy to the back you can put one arm to the side as if baby is reaching for something, draw the same sided knee slightly up, and gently roll the baby over the other arm onto their back.
This video might help:
Movements to help baby stretch out:
While baby is on the tummy gently move the head from R to L and L to R, so that they get practice looking both directions and putting both ears down onto the floor.
You can also make soft noises on one side near your baby's ear. Your baby will turn their head toward the noises to see you.
You can also give them black and white books to look at while in tummy time.
Instead of lifting baby's legs up to change the diaper, which can re-tighten the fascia, roll baby to the side to change the diaper. This accomplishes two benefits at once.
The effect of tight fascia in a baby can be pictured like being in a 3 legged race. It inhibits effective movement and delays getting to a goal. The goal in this situation is effective and comfortable breastfeeding, and developmental movement.
There are many reasons for, and ways to address tight fascia.
Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST) is one of the most effective helps. Sometimes PT and/or OT can also be very helpful.
If baby is not spontaneously rolling from left to right, right to left, tummy to back and back to tummy by 5 months of age,
if baby can't lay both their right and left ears comfortably on the floor while in tummy time at any age,
when in tummy time, if your baby is balancing on their belly with legs in the air (either bent or stiff and straight),
please seek CST, PT and/or OT help.
We can refer you to trusted therapists if you are interested.