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Tummy Time Tips

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

If your kids are anything like mine, they hated tummy time and either screamed the entire time or fell asleep.  Although nothing I tried made tummy time a particularly enjoyable activity, the following tips made it a little less unpleasant for my babies and for me.

Do tummy time on your chest.
Both my girls were cuddlers. The second I put them down on the tummy time mat, they would start screaming. But when I put them on their tummies laying on my chest, they were very happy to stay their and cuddle and occasionally lift their heads to look at me.  As they became more comfortable on their tummies, on my chest, I would begin to transition them to the tummy time mat or a blanket.

Break tummy time up into small chunks.
Did you know at 3 months, babies are suppose to get 90 minutes of tummy time each day? Ninety minutes! While I’m not sure if they got 90 minutes of tummy time each day, I would do five minutes at a time throughout the day with my girls. That way they were still doing tummy time, but we moved on before they got too upset.

Lay on the floor with your baby.
Your baby looks to you for support and comfort. Laying on the floor with your baby allows you to comfort offer reassurance to your baby during an unsettling activity. Talk to your baby, offer toys, rub her back while she’s on her tummy.  If you have older kids or pets, they can join in the fun too!

Incorporate toys.
My local library has mirrors that sit on the floor for babies to play with after baby story time. My girls both loved picking up their heads and looking in the mirror. Taggie blankets were also a favorite of my younger daughter. She was determined to reach out and grab onto the tags. Find a toy or two that your baby loves and use it during tummy time.

And my biggest tip: Don’t give up.  The more often and more consistent you are with tummy time, the easier it will get. Your baby will get stronger and will begin to enjoy interacting with you during tummy time. And, before you know it, your baby will be crawling!

Becky Nagel is a stay at home mom from Denver, CO to two girls, 3 years and 11 months old, who enjoys cooking, running, and hiking.