Anna does not like tummy time. This is the face she gives me when we work on it – and I usually give in and pick her up. That’s the color her eyes really are, too. How am I supposed to resist?
Why Is Tummy Time Important?
It’s tempting to cancel tummy time altogether when you have a baby who feels like this about it! But tummy time is good for babies. It helps them build muscles. Over time, tummy time helps babies learn to hold their head up, and then put their weight on their arms. It’s the starting point for learning other important skills, like learning how to roll over and crawl. As babies get better at tummy time, they can explore the world around them.
Tips for Helping Babies Who Don’t like Tummy Time
Tip #1: Get Down At Their Level
Five-year-old Johnny knows that Anna is supposed to be getting more tummy time, and he has made it his mission to make it fun for her. Johnny understands about practicing to learn skills – he has spent hours and hours working on speech – and still struggles, but is still working hard!
Tip #2: Give Babies Something to Look At
Johnny gets right down there with her, and finds fun things for her to look at – like his birthday crown from school! He does his best to make her laugh, and varies the way he entertains her to keep her distracted.
Johnny’s encouragement is working! Anna still doesn’t like tummy time, but she tolerates it – and last night she even rolled over for the first time – something that, a week ago, she was nowhere near doing.
Just one of the ways in which it is easier to raise four children than one…
Fun Activities for Babies
This ebook is full of wonderful activities for babies – including several that you can use to encourage tummy time!