Tummy Time: Why It’s Important For Your Little One’s Development
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Affectionately known as tummy time, did you know that from their early weeks of life your little one starts to develop the foundation skills they need to crawl, walk and eventually run?
This developmental stage is an important milestone for your bub.
But, why is it so important, when should it commence, when should it be phased out? And, importantly, how can you make the most of this unique window of development?
You’re probably familiar with the importance of your little one assuming the safe sleeping position: flat on their back. So, to ensure your little one spends adequate time on their front, supervised tummy time during waking hours can help experience a range of different positions.
This helps support your baby’s development in a number of ways, including:
As part of your bub’s daily routine, the general advice is that tummy time begins in the first few weeks after birth. But, this doesn’t have to equate to hours spent on their front. In fact, you may like to begin with as little as 1-2 minutes each day.
Over time, you can gradually build up to 15-20 minute sessions, multiple times each day with your little one lying across your lap on their front. As they grow older and stronger, you may like to move them to a rug on the floor.
General guidance suggests that by the time they are three months old, they should spend roughly an hour on their front each day. However, it’s important to remember that every child is different. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, talk to their paediatrician.
Once your little one begins crawling, they’ll reap the rewards while on the move.
Generally, this may be around the 7-9 month mark and means that tummy time is no longer as necessary as it was in the earlier months of your baby’s life.
However, it can still be beneficial to have them spend some time on their front while playing.
When your bub begins tummy time, you may feel unsure of how to make the most of their period spent on their front. To make it more fun, the following tips may help:
With these tips in mind, it can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for parent and bub alike. Not only are you laying the groundwork for development milestones to come (think crawling, standing and walking) but it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together.
If you have any concerns about your little one’s development, make an appointment with your friendly paediatrician.
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