There’s two sides to every baby. Help them discover this one.
Back to Sleep. Tummy to Play.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends putting babies to sleep on their backs during sleep to reduce the chances of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). However, tummy time, while the baby is awake, is equally important to their development. When a baby spends too much time on his back, he may develop a flat head, a preference to turn his head to only one side, muscle tightness, or weakened arm and neck muscles.
Promote your child’s development.
Tummy time is important because it promotes particular movements that support healthy body and brain development, including: muscle and bone strength, vision, hearing, touch, digestion and the child’s ability to progress from lying, to sitting, to crawling and then walking.
When to begin?
Start slow. A few minutes a day, several times a day is a great start. Use diaper changes as a way to schedule tummy time into your routine. At first, include a towel roll under his arms and chest to help support him.
Keep them interested.
As you recline on the sofa or floor, enjoy face to face time and talk with your baby as he lays with his tummy on your chest. When baby is on his tummy on the floor, use engaging toys such as rattles, colorful floor mats, musical toys, or an unbreakable mirror to look at himself.
At any time after your child is born, if you have concerns about developmental milestones ask your doctor for a referral to Pediatric Therapy Services.