It's tummy time (Every parent should know)

‘Tummy time’ means giving your baby time on their stomach while they’re awake and you’re there with them. Tummy time is important for your baby’s development. It helps them learn to crawl and walk.

Why tummy time is important

 

We recommend that babies sleep on their back to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). So babies spend a lot of time lying on their back.

Tummy time gives your baby the chance to try a new position and helps prevent them getting a flat spot on their head from lying on their back so much.

Tummy time builds your baby’s head, neck and upper body strength.

It also helps to develop the skills they’ll need to crawl, roll over, sit up and stand.

 

When should I start tummy time?

 

Tummy time should start soon after birth as part of a pleasurable - yes - I say pleasurable daily routine!.

 You might begin with 1-2 minutes a few times a day.

Over time, you can gradually build up to 15-30 minutes a day. You might start by laying your baby across your lap on their tummy. As your baby grows stronger, you can put them on a rug on the floor to play.

Tips for tummy time

It’s best to choose a time when your baby has had their nappy changed and is happy, alert and interested in their surroundings. To make tummy time more fun, you can:

- lie alongside your baby and chat to them, perhaps turning the pages of a picture book and talking about what you see

- let your baby know they have company by singing, or by stroking their back or hands

- hold a non-breakable mirror next to your baby so they can see their reflection

- place safe toys near your baby, moving them from side to side to encourage your baby to move their head, focus their eyes and stay interested

- do tummy time in different locations, including outdoors on a rug in warm weather.

 

What if my baby hates tummy time?

 

If your baby becomes restless during tummy time, try changing the activity or the location. If your baby doesn’t like being on the floor, lie down and place them on your chest while you gently play with their hands and feet. Give them a gentle rock, sing songs or rub their back.

Some babies with reflux don’t like tummy time at first, but if you persevere, you will probably find they are able to tolerate it for longer periods as they grow older and stronger.

 

Keep an eye on how it’s going

 

If your baby becomes sleepy during tummy time, put them on their back to sleep in their crib. As your baby gains more control of their head and arms, give them a ball to play with, rolling it back and forth from you to them. As they start to move around more, clear away any objects that might be dangerous, and introduce new toys and games.

An adult should always be there during tummy time to make sure the baby is safe.

 

All that sound soooooo easy right?

Please look at the picture below and let me know what do you think? I found the cutest images I see online every day - and just by looking at them I get chills over my body? BUT WHY??

 

Because not even one picture below is showing the correct baby's body position according to the natural anatomy pattterns - THAT'S WHY!!

 

Please stay tuned as I will show you the practical exercises where not only 'having fun' and do the tummy time - for the sake of doing it - is important, but also to observe your baby and asses them whether there are other symptoms we have to be aware of. I am talking about hypotonia, hypertonia, torticollis, etc. You know babies aren't crying when doing tummy time for NO reason right?

'Every baby is unique and own individumm, so please do not just fall for everything you see online'!

 

Use your common sense and get in touch with the people specializing in proper exercise / activities routines for your baby and choose the right way of doing it!

 

For more information

 

If you need more personalized information about tummy time for your baby, you can contact us and get in touch.

You can also visit the BABY FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT website for more information.

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