The Importance of Tummy Time For Infants
As a new parent, you may have heard about the importance of tummy time activity for your infant. But do you know why it’s essential? The answer is simple: it helps develop strong neck, back, and shoulder muscles.
Tummy time activity also helps prevent flat spots on the back of the baby’s head. When babies spend too much time lying on their backs, their skull can flatten in one spot. Tummy time encourages babies to lift their heads, which also helps with overall motor development.
But how do you make tummy time enjoyable for your little one? Start with short sessions of 1-2 minutes, and gradually increase the time as they become more comfortable. Provide them with toys to explore or an unbreakable mirror to look at their reflection. Place a rolled-up towel or cushion under their chest to make it more comfortable.
If your baby becomes fussy, try placing them on your chest while you lie on your back. This position provides skin-to-skin contact and can help soothe your baby. Remember, tummy time activity doesn’t have to be a chore. Try making it fun and enjoyable for both you and your little one. With patience and practice, your baby will soon be a pro.