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WHY TUMMY TIME?
You don’t need fancy equipment to help your baby’s development. The answer to promoting infant development is simple… lots of quality floor and tummy time!
Why is tummy time so important?
Babies learn through play, and play time on the floor is essential to help babies reach their developmental milestones. As a baby’s gross motor skills develop from the head first, tummy time helps build this foundational skill and sets them up for success in their future milestones.
What are the benefits of tummy time for infant development?
The time your baby spends playing in his or her tummy helps build their:
“Begin with regular short bursts throughout the day when your baby is calm and alert. Aim for more frequent sessions of tummy time where your baby is actively participating. You can gradually increase the length of time your baby spends on the floor as they develop more strength and control.“
TUMMY TIME ISN’T JUST ON THE FLOOR
Does your baby cry when placed on their tummy? Follow these 8 simple tips to help make tummy time enjoyable for your little one*!
BACK AND SIDE TIME
Did you know that babies need time on the floor in varied positions, not just their tummy?
Babies learn so much about their environment and the way their body’s move when placed on their back to play. Make sure they have plenty of room to kick, and place toys on each side or safely above them to encourage head rotation and the reaching of their arms.
Time spent lying on the side during play is important for development. Place your baby on each side, with their hip, shoulder and ear in alignment.
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Emily Jones, Advanced Paediatric Osteopath, IBCLC and owner at Align & Nurture