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Love is the first gift you give your baby, the second gift is tummy time!

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Tummy Time!™ Method Tips

  • Select a tummy time spot in your home. 
  • Place a clean blanket on the floor.  It may be helpful to pick a spot on carpet, area rug, yoga mat or padded foam floor
  • Place 1 or 2 age appropriate toys and a baby safe mirror near you.  The younger the baby the less toys are needed.  Babies really enjoy gazing at your face
  • Do 5 tummy time sessions a day
  • Be relaxed and available for eye contact as much of the time as possible. 
  • You can sing or talk, make gentle playful noises, offer a toy for looking at, etc. to keep baby engaged during Tummy Time!™.   It may be very helpful to lie down on your tummy with your baby. 
  • It is supportive and loving to pick your baby up, hug him or her, and give lots of encouragement by hugging /holding baby close to your heart, reassuring baby "You did it!"  "Wow, you are amazing on your tummy !" etc.
  • Do not watch the clock. Focus on quality, not quantity of tummy time minutes
  • If you are having trouble fitting 5 sessions a day, "do it every diaper change"... roll baby in and out of tummy time for 1 minute each diaper change... this really adds up!
8 Phases
Hold Baby and Lower to surface 
 
Social Play
 
Roll baby into tummy time
 
Become the Observer, play, sing, engage
 
Notice Peak of Excitability (that moment when something needs to change for baby)
 
Prepare arm and roll out of tummy time
 
Pick Baby up
 
Rest, Relax, Rest
 
REDO!   Rolling baby in and out4-5 times each TTM session....5 sessions a day!!!
 
 
IT"S LIKE 5 veggies and fruits a day!!     

 

Tummy Time!™ recommendations based on age:

Newborn-2 months old -  spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day during awake periods.

2-4 months old - spend a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 and a half hours per day during awake periods.

4-6 months old - spend a minimum of 1 - 2 hours per day during awake periods.

6-8 months old - the majority of waking hours will be spent in tummy time or sitting / learning to sit.  Babies should learn to sit before they learn to stand.

Consider a consultation if you notice any of the following during TummyTime!:

  • baby fusses or cries consistently during TummyTime!
  • baby arches his or her back consistently 
  • baby has difficulty turning his or her head side to side 
  • baby is unable to touch their face or mouth with a hand while in tummy time
  • baby spends less than 10 minutes per day doing TummyTime!

 

The KEY TO SUCCESS with TummyTime! is consistency.  It's fairly easy to bring your baby to see me, we usually have a great time during a session.   The hard work comes when you go home.  TummyTime! needs to be done every day, several times a day.  This is a big commitment, and one I know you can do!!! 

Is it okay for a newborn to do TummyTime?   YES! 
It is highly recommended that you begin tummy time as soon as you get home from the hospital or birthing center. 

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