Welcome, new parents! If you’re here, you’re probably eager to learn about introducing tummy time to your precious little one. It’s a crucial milestone in your baby’s development, and I’m here to guide you through it. Knowing when to start tummy time is just as important as learning how to encourage it and support your child through it. Now, there’s really no “wrong way” to go about introducing tummy time but let’s break that down!
Wondering when to kick off this exciting journey? Well, you can start introducing tummy time as early as when your baby is just a few days old. I know this sounds surprising, but keep in mind that “tummy time” doesn’t mean “hold up head independently” quite yet! This position is what begins that journey and gets your little one comfy in new positions, learning what they’re body is capable of! Begin with short sessions, about 1 to 2 minutes, a few times a day. As your baby grows, gradually increase the duration and frequency of tummy time sessions. It’s recommended by most Cleveland and Akron OBGYNs and pediatricians to keep tummy time to a max of 15 minute sessions to avoid any strain or discomfort and give longer breaks in between!
Now, let’s talk about how to make tummy time enjoyable for your baby. First of all, introducing tummy time is all about learning your little one’s preferences. Not all children are the same and baby’s in particular are a little finickier to new scents, textures, and even sounds. Start by laying a soft blanket or mat on the floor in a quiet, well-lit but not blinding area. Place your nugget on their belly gently, controlling their head on the way down as they don’t yet have the neck support to control it themselves! Get down on your baby’s level and make eye contact to provide reassurance. You can also place colorful toys or mirrors within reach to keep your little one engaged.
There are many activities for when your kiddo is in tummy time that can help keep them engaged and excited. Try placing a mirror in your baby’s view so they can see their reflection! It gives them something new to look at and you can play with the reflection! Encourage reaching and grasping by placing toys slightly out of reach. You can also sing or talk to your baby to make the experience interactive and enjoyable.
Here are a few additional tips to ensure a successful round of introducing tummy time. Always supervise your baby closely to ensure their safety. If your baby becomes fussy or frustrated, try not to force it. Instead, take a break and try again later. And remember, every baby is unique, so be patient and allow your little one to progress at their own pace. You may need to change what they’re laying on, how bright the lights are, and if you hear any noises or feel vibrations on the floor, this could cause irritability.
As you embark on this journey of introducing tummy time to your baby, remember tummy time is an exciting milestone in their development. With patience, encouragement, and plenty of love, you’ll help your little one build strength and reach new milestones.
Enjoy this special time together, and don’t forget to capture the memories along the way with a newborn photoshoot in Canton, Akron, or Cleveland OH! Book a consultation or session today and treasure these memories for a lifetime.