Favorite moves with your baby:
On the floor . . . reaching for . . .
Peek-a-boo I see you. . .
Together with your toddler:
Simon Says. . .
What do you do with a baby who doesn’t enjoy being on his/her tummy?
It’s important to acclimate an infant to this position as early as possible so connections occur that will support a natural ease in development! Even if tummy time didn't begin the day she came home from the hospital, it’s not too late to start!
When should you place the baby on his/her tummy?
Following a nap; following a diaper change
Two to three times a day - or more!
Whenever possible, place him on his tummy for a brief play period.
Gradually increase the length of time as the baby becomes used to it.
How can I help the baby get used to being on his/her belly?
Lie on your back and place the baby face down on your chest. This helps him adapt to this position; it will also give him a reason to lift his head: to look at you!
Lay him across your lap, raising one of your legs to create a slight incline. It will be easier for him to see what’s going on around him and should stop the fussing. As he develops upper body strength, he’ll no longer need the lift.
Supporting the baby, place her tummy down on a fitness ball. Rock the ball back and forth so she gets accustomed to the rocking motion and the feeling on her belly.
Is Tummy Time fun for the baby?
Yes! Lie side by side with the baby and have a “conversation”! Coo and sing and make funny sounds. There’s no one else’s voice he’d rather hear.
When the baby is starting to lift his head, lie head-to-head with him. He’ll eventually lift his head and push up on his arms because he wants to look at you. Reward him by making his favorite funny faces!
Tempt her with a toy. Place a favorite toy just out of baby’s reach and encourage her to get it! Mirrors and rattles work well, too.
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing toys in a circle around the baby. Reaching in different directions helps develop the muscles needed to roll over, scoot, and crawl (which contribute to language development!)
You know what they say. . . “Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play!”
Movement enhances development in every area of the brain and there is more brain development in the first three years of life than ever again!
The brain is made up of billions of neurons and as these neurons become stimulated they make new connections-synapses. If they receive stimulation and are used they become stronger. If they are not used, they are pruned and die.
Every stage of physical development is a building block for the next one. Pathways are strengthened and more connections are made every time a child moves.