Written By Schianne
For several years now, we have been told that babies should always be put to sleep on their backs. This is due to the fact that it reduces the risk of SIDS and suffocation. But many parents are taking this advice too far, and babies are now not getting enough tummy time during the day, which can greatly affect their development.
How does tummy time affect your baby?
- It helps to strengthen her neck, arms, and back, which is crucial when it comes time for her to learn to crawl and sit up on her own.
- It helps her explore her world and train her eyes to look around from a different (more natural) perspective.
- It reduces the risk of positional plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) by allowing her skull to form and shape properly.
How can you incorporate more tummy time into your day?
- Lie down on your back on the floor, bed, or couch, place your baby on your stomach, and talk to her. She will try to lift her head and turn toward your voice so she can see your face.
- Put your baby on the floor, either on a mat or propped on a baby pillow, lie down facing her, and shake rattles or play with toys to have her look at you.
- Put her on the floor, either on a mat or propped on a baby pillow, and place one of her favorite toys in front of her (like a toy aquarium with lights and sounds). She will be captivated and inspired to lift her head and look around.
Without proper tummy time throughout the day, your baby can miss out on some major milestones due to a delay in her muscular and skeletal development.