How Do I Do Tummy Time With My Baby?
For newborns, the baby should be placed on the chest or lap 2-3 times a day and begin at the time of the abdomen. While lying on their stomach, the baby can lift their head and exercise the neck and shoulder muscles. Once your baby gets used to it, you can let them continue for a little longer.
Place a blanket on a clean floor. To start, lay your baby down for 3-5 minutes. You can do this about 2-3 times a day. In this position, the baby may feel upset and frustrated. You can make the first few sessions short and gradually prolong tummy time in the succeeding sessions. If your baby feels nourished, changed, and happy, it’s also a good idea to do tummy time. As the baby gets used to it, you can put the baby on their stomach more often or longer. Experts recommend doing tummy time for about an hour a day when your baby is three months old.
You can make noises with rattles or keys so that your child looks up and gets up. Place your favorite toys in front of your baby to get them to move forward.
Baby with Torticollis or Flat Spot
This exercise is suitable for babies with torticollis and flat spots. This helps treat both problems. Place your baby on your lap so that it rests on your stomach. Your baby’s head should be facing away from you. Then talk and sing with your baby. Encourage your child to look back and look at you. Do this exercise for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Always stay with your baby when doing tummy time.
- You can only do tummy time when the baby is awake and under supervision.
- To prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), always lay your baby on his back during sleep.
- Spend tummy time in a low and safe place.
- Do not put your baby on the sofa or bed, where they may roll off. Pillows and soft surfaces may also suffocate them.
- If your baby doesn’t like tummy time, add a little variety. Go down on the floor, sing songs, place colorful toys, or look your baby into their eyes. Ask your family to join in.
- Doing tummy time with your baby is important, though they need a little more time to get used to it.
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