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Happy Tummy Time: 5 Tips to Make It a Joyful Experience for Babies and Parents

As new parents, you've probably heard about the importance of tummy time for your baby's development in the first few months. It can help prevent flat head syndrome, builds up your baby's head and neck muscles and promotes good gross motor skills early on.

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However, convincing your little one to enjoy this activity can be challenging! Many babies initially resist tummy time, which can make it a stressful experience for everyone. But fear not! In this blog post, we'll provide you with five valuable tips to make tummy time a happier and more enjoyable experience for your baby. Let's dive in and explore the world of tummy time!

1. Start Slowly

When introducing tummy time to your baby, it's crucial to start slowly and gradually build up their tolerance. Begin by placing your baby on their tummy for just a few minutes at a time, a few times a day. As they become more comfortable, you can increase the duration gradually. By taking this approach, you'll allow your baby's muscles to strengthen at their own pace, reducing discomfort and increasing enjoyment.

2. Use your lap

Another effective way to introduce tummy time and make it more enjoyable for your baby is by laying them on your lap with your legs bent at a gentle angle instead of placing them flat on the floor. This alternative position can help alleviate some of the initial discomfort that babies may experience. By propping your legs up slightly, you create a slight incline where your baby can rest comfortably on their tummy. This angle takes off some of the pressure from their neck and makes it easier for them to lift their head and explore their surroundings. Many babies find this position more enjoyable, as they can engage with you and observe the world from a slightly elevated perspective.

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3. Engage with Interactive Toys

Make tummy time more engaging and enjoyable for your baby by introducing interactive toys. Choose toys that are colorful, make gentle sounds, or have interesting textures. Place these toys strategically in front of your baby to encourage them to lift their head, reach out, and interact with their surroundings. This not only distracts them from any initial discomfort but also stimulates their senses and promotes their overall development. You can also try placing a safety mirror in front of your baby so they can see their reflection when they lift their head.

4. Get Down on Their Level

One of the best ways to make tummy time a happier experience is by getting down on the floor with your baby. Lie down facing each other or sit beside them at eye level. Maintaining eye contact and offering reassuring smiles, gentle touches, or songs will create a sense of security and make tummy time feel more like a bonding experience for both of you. Your presence and encouragement will help your baby feel safe and motivated during this new adventure.

5. Explore Different Surfaces

Tummy time doesn't have to be limited to the same old play mat. Experiment with different surfaces to add variety and excitement to the experience. Consider using a soft blanket, a large towel or your own body as a safe and comfortable tummy time surface. A water mat with different textures and colours is also fun for your baby to explore. Changing up the surface for your baby's tummy time experiences will encourage your baby's curiosity and make tummy time more enjoyable. Tummy time is a crucial activity for your baby's development, and with these five tips, you can transform it into a happier experience for both you and your little one. Remember to start slow, use interactive toys, get down on their level, explore different surfaces, and incorporate gentle exercises. By following these suggestions, you'll not only make tummy time more enjoyable but also support your baby's physical and cognitive growth. Embrace this bonding opportunity and cherish these precious moments with your baby as they explore the world from their tummy!

Make tummy time more enjoyable

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