Why Tummy Time Is Important

Let's chat about tummy time. Not all babies love it, but it's an important practice for little ones.

Tummy time is when your your baby is placed on their stomach while they are awake and supervised.

This position allows them to develop the muscles in their neck, shoulders, and back, which are necessary for crawling, sitting, and of course later walking. Not only does tummy time help with physical development, but it also provides opportunities for babies to explore their environment from a different perspective.

Babies' being on their stomach allows them to see things from a different angle and develop their spatial reasoning skills. It's important to start tummy time early on, even when your baby is just a few weeks old.

To start with just put them on their tummy for a few minutes at a time and gradually increase as they get stronger. It's important to make it a fun and engaging experience for your baby. Place toys within reach or interact with them during tummy time to ensure they don't become bored and upset. 

Remember, tummy time should always be supervised and done on a safe, flat surface. If your baby is resistant to tummy time, try different positions or activities to make it more enjoyable for them.

With tummy time, it allows you to mix up your babies position to reduce the chance of flat spots on the back of the head, which can occur if babies spend too much time on their backs.

Tummy time is a simple but important practice that can have a big impact on your baby's growth and development. By making it a regular part of your routine, you can help your baby build strength, explore their environment, and reach their full potential.

If you have concerns about your baby's development or are unsure about how to incorporate tummy time into your routine, don't hesitate to speak with your paediatrician. They can provide guidance and support to ensure that your baby is reaching their developmental milestones.

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