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Your baby needs time every day on his/her tummy to develop good muscle balance and strength. Although it is recommended that your child sleep on his/her back, it is important that you take time during the waking hours and place your child on his/her belly.

 

 

Did you know that you can actually reduce your baby’s risk for SIDS  by helping your baby strengthen neck muscles to be able to move his or her head? This helps your baby move away from items that can smother him or her.

Things to remember:

1.) Tummy time can be as little as 5 seconds!

If your child gets irritated after a few seconds, give him/her short break and then do it again. Its ok to do small amounts at a time as he/she gets used to this position.

 

2.) Help your child keep his/her arms tucked underneath and palms facing down

 

3.) Don’t do tummy time right after eating—this can cause more spit-up and discomfort.

 

4.) If your baby has a G-button or a hernia, tummy time is still ok in most instances. Check with your pediatrician to make sure.

 

5.) Watch for signs of distress and change your child’s position.

 

Ways to accomplish Tummy Time:

1.   Place a child proof mirror or brightly colored book/toy in front

Here is an example of a baby proof mirror:

Sassy Crib/Floor Mirror

2.   Place your child on his/her tummy facing you on your chest while you sit in a reclined position. This will make it easier for him/her        to lift his/her head and your baby will love looking at you!

3.    Lie on the ground facing your baby and talk/play.

4.     Lay your baby across your lap with a book or toy beside you to motivate him/her to lift his/her head.

Note:

–Avoid placing objects too high because this will cause your baby to lift his/her head too much and over extend.

–Also, if your baby has a slight head tilt (torticollis) make sure you put all objects straight in front for now. Talk to your physical therapist about this and make sure they teach you how to progress this, etc.

 

ALWAYS STAY WITH YOUR CHILD when they are on their tummy.

Check out more ideas and games in my books:1.) My Baby Moves: Toddler Games

Gross motor activities using many popular songs and games with all lyrics and ways to incorporate these into playtime with your child. Don’t miss the opportunities every day to interact and help your child grow stronger through songs and games you are familiar with but might not fully remember!

To download this book, click HERE

2.) Early Intervention Basics: Birth to 12 Months

This is a guide to all five areas of development for infants 0-12 months. This covers a description of basic skills for each of the five areas: Cognitive, Motor, Social/Emotional, Self-Help, and Communication. Along with the skills, ideas for helping a child attain these skills are given. More emphasis is given to the motor domains; but all areas of development are discussed. This guide is designed for easy reading and can be used by a student, parent, or therapist wanting to explore some ideas for helping a child expand his or her developmental skills.

To download this book, click HERE