Newborns have such floppy necks that they need support while being held. The question I have about this is, what are we trying to protect in supporting the head/neck ? My wife and I have a few possible ideas about this but aren't sure which (if any) are accurate.
- You want to support the neck/head to prevent the head from moving in an uncontrolled way, which could damage the brain.
- Neck support could prevent the neck from being injured somehow. For example, if the neck is tilted to one side and a sudden muscle spasm pulls the head in the other direction, the baby could pull a muscle or something like that.
- Head/neck support might just be a way of stabilizing baby to make him easier to hold, and less prone to "jumping" out of one's arms.
Or perhaps there is another reason entirely ?