Tips on Tummy Time

Does your baby enjoy tummy time or downright cry as soon as you put them on their tummy? I know every baby is different but mine HATED it with a passion up until last week. Now Camila finally loves it! Yay! She always sleeps on her back and likes it like that which is great for reducing the risk of SIDS. However, since we want her to build her body muscles, gain strength, hold her head up, and develop the ability to crawl eventually, we have to take time with her to put her on her tummy. Tummy time is essential not only for muscle strengthening but it’s an important key in developing motor skills, coordination, balance, and control in posture. Keep in mind that every baby is different and will hit their milestones at different times. It’s not a competition for who’s baby achieves what when, even though we do get excited when our babies achieve milestones early, let’s be honest here. Just remember to enjoy tummy time with your little one so they can feel more encouraged to do it like it’s a fun activity and not a fitness class they feel obligated to go to. Luckily there are various ways of practicing tummy time other than having them on a flat boring surface. I’ve listed the 5 ways I practiced tummy time with Camila below, along with some tips so you can have fun practicing tummy time with your little one. WARNING: Do NOT leave your baby unattended when doing these exercises. Ways to Practice Tummy Time: 1. Put them on a flat surface such as a play mat on the floor. Make sure to have their hands under their chin and elbows under their shoulders like a plank position so they can hold themselves up. Put toys in front of them for them to grab or catch their attention and/or be eye level with them so they feel close to you. Talk to them to distract them and give them encouragement. The key here is to make it enjoyable and fun for them! 2. Sit on the couch or edge of the bed and prop their chest / tummy on your lap. Hold their legs so they don’t fall over of course. 3. Believe it or not, having them lay on your chest while you lay down or even upright while you’re sitting down or walking around is a great way to stren