WHY? is Tummy Time!™ important?
time is the foundation of all sensorimotor skills throughout life!
is learning how to move their body outside of the womb. It is important for your baby to learn to use his or her neck,
shoulder and arm muscles when in tummy time.
Researchers have found consistent
tummy time to be associated with improved motor development. This means that four month old babies who spent at least
30 waking minutes on their tummies scored higher on developmental tasks when compared to babies who did not spend time in
Many babies will demonstrate frustration or have a need
for more support to enjoy tummy time. TummyTime!™ classes teach you how to do this....and much, much more.
Why does my baby not want to lie on his or her tummy?
Does it hurt? Is it frustrating?
Is it the hardest thing they've done in their lives? Is there something wrong?
hear me on this. tummy time itself does not hurt. Babies are engaging their entire
body and are learning to lift their heads and turn side to side to look at their world. Babies have been curled up into
flexion/a little ball the entire pregnancy. Tummy time experiences help babies learn about opening up and gently elongating
the front of their body, for optimal development. Babies are developing the throat and mouth areas for future speaking.
Their visual systems are learning how to coordinate two eyes together.
That being said, your baby MAY be uncomfortable
in tummy time if baby has areas of tightness or restriction in the soft tissues/connective tissue of the head, neck, shoulders
and back or lack experiences with tummy time. If you suspect your baby has actual discomfort, please get in touch
with me or someone else who is qualified to work with babies. Tension and areas of restriction clear up quickly in babies,
and it typically takes 1-2 sessions of relaxation training for the babies to respond.
Since tummy time is
so important, how can you help your baby enjoy it?
1. One on One session - You and your baby will work one on one with me over 2-3 sessions.
In addition to these sessions, you will practice daily at home.
2. Group session - TummyTime! Tutor facilitates
a group. Classes are once a week for 45 minutes. Classes at the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center
run between 6 and 9 weeks in length. Classes held elsewhere are once a week for 45 minutes for four sessions.
Parents and babies work together in Tummy Time!. The babies love watching other babies doing Tummy Time! It's
One on One sessions can be scheduled by calling Michelle, the "TummyTime!™
Tutor" at (513) 404-7786.
sessions are currently being held at Blue Cocoon in Montgomery and
Red Balloon Cafe In Pleasant Ridge/Cincinnati