To reduce SIDS, it is recommended that babies are placed on their back. However, your baby may develop a preferred position or side, causing flattening of their head. To prevent and treat this, we encourage supervised Tummy Time during the day. Having your baby spend supervised time on their stomach encourages them to explore and learn the world, strengthen their neck muscles and teach them how to push up using their arms and an results in an even shaping of the back of their head.
The Joy of Tummy Time: Helping Your Baby Build Strength
What's Tummy Time?
Tummy time is the practice of placing your baby on their stomach while they are awake and supervised. This exercise helps to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles and prepares them for rolling over and crawling.
In the beginning, your baby may find tummy time a bit strange and may rest their head on the surface. That's okay. You can gently turn their head to the other side—do this very carefully, especially when they are still very young.
Starting around 1 or 2 months old, you can help your baby learn to lean on their arms, which makes it easier for them to lift their head. A hand on their pelvis can act as a counterweight and help stabilize them.
Making It Fun
Having a toy or your face within their line of sight can make the experience more enjoyable for your baby.
Need Extra Help?
If your baby finds it difficult to hold their head up, you can place a rolled-up kitchen towel under their arms for added support. Initially, they may only be able to sustain this position for a few seconds, but with practice, their muscles will get stronger, and they'll be able to do it for longer periods.
Tummy time is not just a pastime; it's an essential practice for your baby's physical development. Enjoy the bonding time and have fun practicing!
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