Are you trying to get your baby to do tummy time but all they do is cry? Laying your baby on their stomach is necessary but can be uncomfortable. Here are 5 tummy time ideas to keep your baby enthused and minimize the fussing.
The Mayo Clinic recommends up to 20 mins of tummy time a day for 3 – 4 month old babies. The point of tummy time is to build strength in the neck muscles but it can also help with gas and preventing flat spots on a babies head. (Here are 3 great tips to keep your baby’s head from getting flat.) Break it into small segments, even 30 seconds at first, and slowly build up to the recommendations.
5 Fun Tummy Time Ideas
1. Do tummy time on your chest. Lay your baby stomach down on your chest and try to get him or her to look at your face. This is great for when they are just starting tummy time. Babies are drawn to our faces and it gives them the most encouragement to lift their head if they want to look at you while you are talking to them. Sit on a couch and lean back so this is easier the younger they are. Once they start building their neck strength you can even lay on the couch and floor and have your baby on your stomach trying to look at your face. Make sure to hold their sides so they don’t roll off of you.
2. Use a boppy. This helps your baby at the beginning to be at an incline and have some success looking up. Aren’t boppys the best? They can be used for everything. I even used them when my kids first learned to sit up. I would put the boppy around them so when they fell over it was into the boppy.
3. Lay them on a blanket and set up a mirror and/or books. Prop the books or mirror up like a wall so they have something to motivate them to look up.
4. Use a mat specifically for tummy time. These are great to put on a registry.
5. Face to Face Tummy Time. Lay your baby on their belly on blanket and you lay on your stomach in front of them. Get face to face. It can be a great bonding experience. This is great to get the Dad’s involved. Talking, laughing and making funny noises face to face is so much fun. Tell them all about your day, they don’t care what you say as long as you are talking with them.
When do you start tummy time?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends starting with a newborn during the very first week. 1 minute twice a day is a good start. Laying on their stomach on a flat surface helps build muscle tone and helps build up to rolling over and crawling.
Like it? Pin it!