A lot of new parents are afraid of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and position their infants on their backs when they put them to bed. While this method has worked to decrease the numbers of SIDS cases in recent years, it’s still important for babies to get some time on their tummies. Many pediatricians suggest that this will help babies avoid developing flat spots on their heads and help them to strengthen their neck muscles in preparation for crawling. Tummy time is also a great way for your little one to get some exercise and have some fun, so it’s something that you should definitely try.
Prepare with Baby Cream
Before you start tummy time, make sure that you’ve gone through the proper skin care regimen. When your infant is lying on the floor, this can be irritating to his or her skin, so you’ll want to make sure that you apply things like baby cream to your child’s skin to make sure that it is properly moisturized. Once her skin is in good shape, you’ll be ready to give tummy time a try.
Try Tummy Play
When you’re ready to try tummy time, you’ll need to make sure that you choose a safe material for your baby to lie down on. Make sure that you get a soft blanket or play mat for your little one. It will help for you to lie down on your tummy as well and try to play with baby during this time. Your little one is likely to get frustrated if you just leave her there without some kind of entertainment. You can make sure this doesn’t happen by talking to each other, singing songs, and basically just having a blast. It’s a great way for you to bond with your little bundle of joy and help her develop fine motor skills.
If you’re looking for something that can help keep her entertained during tummy time, you can buy some toys that will help encourage your child during this activity. You can purchase a play quilt or even a play mat for your baby, or use a reflective plastic mirror. All of these are great ways for the both of you to have fun while she is playing on her tummy.
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