This baby activity is a must to help your baby develop the motor skills and strength to eventually sit, roll, and crawl. It is arguably one of the most important baby activities your infant can do since it really develops head control. Initially, your baby may only be able to handle a minute or two on her tummy - she may also protest since she is used to sleeping and lounging on her back!
Place a blanket or towel on a carpeted floor. Place your baby on her tummy with her head to one side. It also helps to lie on the floor next to your baby to provide encouragement and so you are face to face. Until you baby has the strength, have her spend equal amounts of time facing both left and right. Gradually build up the amount of tummytime you give to your baby each day. As her strength grows, she will be able to lift her head and push up on her arms. This leads to rolling and eventually crawling!
Your baby many protest during tummytime, but little changes may alleviate her distress. Some babies do better just after a nap or diaper change. Others may be picky about the towel or blanket. You can also try resting your baby's chest on a rolled towel or nursing pillow (like a boppy). Monitor the environment to see what works best.
Be sure to you closely monitor your baby during tummytime as some babies may rest their face right on the floor which could restrict breathing. This is why tummy time on the bed is not advised until your baby has full neck control.
Learning and Development Skills:
- Movement, Motor Control and Hand Eye Coordination