Why Should You Practice Tummy Time With Your Baby?
As many babies are encouraged to sleep on their backs, giving baby set periods of time to be on their tummy has become a more important issue. Parents are concerned that their babies head has become flat at the back, or noticed that their baby has lost a lot of hair and has bald patches at the back of their head as a result from spending a lot of time on their backs.
When to Start Tummy Time Play
Each baby is unique and each baby will have a differerent ability to hold their heads up for periods of time. You may find that your baby doesn’t develop neck, shoulder and torso muscle strength until they reach 3 or 4 months. As your baby’s neck and upper body control improves, you can gradually increase the amount of time spent on on their tummy.
For babies under 3/4 months old, you may find that your baby enjoys tummy time more if he/she is close to you. For example, you can try lying on your back with your baby on his/her tummy on your chest.
For babies over 4 months old, you could try sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you. You may find it more comfortable to sit on a cusion, try to engage your tummy muscles and sit up tall, stretching out y our back. You can begin by placing your baby on their tummy across your lap with a toy on the floor.
For babies over 6 months, your baby may be much happier to be on their tummy with some toys.