Tummy time is just one of many things we will explore. Learn tips and ways to play with your baby in this Blog series. It is demanding to be with a new infant. Infants need you and you need some skills and help to make it more fun and rewarding.
Baby Help was created to give new moms and infant care givers food for thought. Follow this blog series for more ideas and ways to enjoy infants.
Moms at home alone can go crazy caring for an infant, especially one who is stressed. Be sure to look for all the online support. Brightx3 is a non profit that helps moms with constant tips and activities. Also learn your baby’s language. That language is movement, sound, and touch.
I have worked with babies for 3 decades, and love what they teach me. I share skills with manual therapists and psychotherapists to help more people know how to help infants. Learning their language and knowing how to use your hands to help your baby feel their body and integrate their movement is so rewarding. You will be helping their brain by adding baby touch and handling skills.
Tummy Time can help your infant be more confident
Tummy time helps an infant develop head control, learn to connect their head to their pelvis via a strong spine, and to feel the weight of gravity through their organs.
3 tips for tummy time
- Put your baby on your chest and lie down. You can get some gentle rest as well.
- Make sure you baby has some tummy time on a non-carpeted surface so they can pull and push themselves around without too much friction. (If you have no wood floor or linoleum, you can buy a short roll at Home Depot for about $10 and roll it out for baby movement time. This will really help your baby learn to crawl).
- Massage your baby’s organs and belly. Give them compressive touch before placing them on the floor. Once on the floor observe them pushing down to feel their own body.
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