Tummy Time Tips!
Tummy time is an important strengthening exercise for babies, but it can also be an opportunity to play and bond with your little one. While your baby starts to gain control of her muscles, you can have fun together with some simple games. If your pediatrician feels the time is right, make the most of it with these tummy time tips:
Laying Down With Lullabies
Lay down and put baby close on your chest so she can lift her head to look up at you. Once you’ve made eye contact, start to softly sing her a lullaby. She’ll be able to feel the vibration of your voice and feel soothed. You might also want to try holding her close as you rock very gently from side to side.
Not all babies enjoy tummy time, so if your little one fusses, try to incorporate something she likes as a distraction. Find a toy that lights up or makes sounds. Place her on her tummy and kneel in front of her, placing the toy on your knees, and activate it to draw her attention. She’ll quickly forget the fact that she’s on her belly. Once she gets comfortable with this, you may want to start placing the toy on the floor in front of her and let her reach for it.
Many babies love seeing their reflections in the mirror. Try placing an unbreakable, baby-safe mirror such as on the floor in front of baby so she can check herself out. Our Look At Me! Mirror Discovery Cards feature large reflective panels to captivate baby with her own reflection.
Get down on the same level as your little one. Lay directly across from her so your face is right up close to hers. Start to make silly faces and add funny sounds. She’ll love exploring your face up close and will be intrigued by your expressions. Add a fun twist to a game of peekaboo by occasionally lowering your head until you’re face down, then lift it up, making a different face each time. Find one that makes her laugh and repeat it from time to time.
Has your little one started tummy time yet? Share your tips in the comments!