You have been blessed with a baby, you’ve heard about tummy time, you’ve heard it’s important but why and how young do you start tummy time with your little one?
How long does she need to stay on her tummy, how often does she need to do it and what do you do if she doesn’t like it?
Firstly, let’s dispel a common myth. Tummy time does NOT involve leaving babies screaming or unhappy on their tummies on the floor.
Very little development happens under stress and none of us learn well when we are unhappy.
Tummy time, while your baby is awake, is very important for development. It is not only a wonderful brain and body building activity, tummy time can also be beautiful for bonding as well.
Here are just some ways tummy time helps your baby’s development.
You can start tummy time from the minute your little one is born.
In many cultures newborn infants are placed on their tummies, directly onto their mother’s stomach. This is not only a first exceptional skin to skin bonding experience, it also immediately stimulates an early infant reflex that results in the baby moving up mum’s stomach, encouraging neural connections from the very start! The earlier you start tummy time with your baby the better.
How long do babies need to remain on their tummies?
When babies are very little, start with short periods of tummy time often, while they are building up their strength. They will eventually choose to spend most of their waking day on their tummies. Always change their position when you see signs of tiring or discomfort. Remember, that head is very heavy!
There are lots ways to do tummy time and many of them do not involve the floor. Take a look here:
If your baby doesn’t like tummy time yet, don’t worry. With all that muscle strengthening going on, tummy time can be hard work! It’s never too late to start and every bit of tummy time makes a difference.
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