Does your baby scream whenever you put them on their tummy? Do they fuss or cry? It’s a common problem that lots of babies face. As parents, we hear about the importance of tummy time from various health professionals, but equally find it difficult seeing our babies unhappy, knowing that we can help them. However, it’s important to preserve with putting your baby on their front, as there are many benefits. Find out more about these in my Ultimate Guide to Tummy Time.
If your baby hates tummy time, the following 5 tips and tricks will help them learn to love it!
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Different Ways of Doing Tummy Time
Tummy time should be done right from birth. But that doesn’t mean you have to put them on the floor straight away. There are lots of ways you can still give your baby important tummy time.
- You can lay them on your chest and encourage them to look at your face. Babies can’t see very far at first, so this is also good for their vision.
- Laying them tummy down, across your legs is another way. This is also a good winding technique to try too.
- Putting a blanket over a gym ball and then laying them on their front is another tummy time method. Try gently rocking them forwards, backward, and side to side.
- The final way is to do the tiger in the tree hold. This is great for soothing them and helps colicky babies too.
If your baby hates tummy time, start off by putting them on their tummy for small amounts of time. Do this often and then gradually build up to longer periods. Tummy time is a strenuous exercise for babies, so giving them little sessions and breaks will help them tolerate it. Setting a timer on your phone will also help to ease any guilt you may feel.
There are lots of fun, stimulating tummy time toys you can use. They will help to engage your baby and will distract them. Certain toys will also help your baby’s development. Everyday household items also work well to stimulate your baby. So get creative and see what random things interest them.
Try Different Activities During Tummy Time
There are lots of different tummy time activities you can do whilst your baby is on their front. Some examples include using finger puppets and water play. These activities help cognitive development and will help you to bond with your baby.
Timing is Key
Make sure you are putting your baby on their tummy at the right time in the day. Babies will respond better if they are well-rested. So make sure all of their needs have been met. They’re not due a feed and don’t need their nappy changed. Observe them carefully and look for cues when they have had enough.
Once your baby is rolling, you won’t need to actively put them on their tummies. If your baby really hates tummy time, don’t force them. But do make sure you keep trying. It’s a difficult but necessary activity that will really help their physical development.
Does your baby love or hate tummy time? Let me know in the comments section.