The I-Chat Study

The I-Chat Study is a research study investigating the influence of  parent care behaviours and the activities babies do each day on the development of head shape and movement abilities of young Western Australian children living in Perth.

Helen is still in the midst of writing, she hopes to complete the PhD soon.

Thank you to all those families who have shown interest or have participated in the study

Key Finding 1

In the first 3 months of a baby’s life

Parents who rolled their babies to their side before they lifted them up,

reduced the risk of their baby acquiring a skewed head-shape by 93.8% 

Roll your baby to their side before you lift them up

Avoid lifting or pulling your baby forwards from their back

Key Finding 2

In the first 3 months of a baby’s life

Parents who ensured their baby’s head and body was centred when held, placed on their back, side or tummy,

reduced the risk of their baby being slow to develop movement by 79 %

When your baby is awake let them experience a variety of positions

Encourage tummy Face-time to the right when awake

Encourage tummy Face-time to the left when awake

Encourage head turning to right and left at nappy time