I am so excited to be working with Claire and Lauren from the Inspired Treehouse to answer YOUR questions about children’s development and milestones. I recently asked my Facebook friends if they had one question for a group of Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapists. The response was awesome and we received a number of great questions. A good friend of mine addressed an issue that I know causes most new moms stress: TUMMY TIME!Is tummy time for my #baby really THAT important? The #Pediatric experts answer! Click To Tweet
Ugh – I have yet to meet a baby who LOVED being flipped onto his stomach for the mandatory daily sessions of belly flopping. Considering how most babies end up in tears, and sometimes even mom does too – is tummy time REALLY THAT important for our babies?
I asked Claire to talk about Tummy Time and share some tips and tricks with us!
Claire: “Because families are always on the go, these days babies spend a lot of their time in carriers, car seats, and strollers. Add to this the increased awareness of the “Back to Sleep” campaign that promotes sleeping babies on their backs to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and the result? Babies are spending too much time on their backs and not enough time on their tummies! Read on to find out why positioning your baby on his tummy for play throughout the day (Tummy Time) is so important for healthy child development and learn how to make it fun for your little one!”
Claire & Lauren share additional expert advice on how you can help your baby love tummy time!
How did tummy time go in your house? Share your experience in the comments!
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Check out our other articles in the series “Expert Advice.” We have articles from OT/ PT, a sleep counselor and a nutritionist – all wonderful professionals specializing in helping pediatric patients.