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Tips for being on the floor and why
Yes, tummy time is actually really important for babies in their first year!
The biggest thing to know is that Tummy Time should not happen all in one sitting. Do it in small doses throughout the day when baby is fed, rested, and happy. Yes, it would be great if by the end of the day, your baby's time on his/her tummy adds up to at least 30 minutes, but realistically this is going to happen in 2-10 minute intervals. Don't be discouraged if your baby puts up a fuss. Keep infusing it in your day and disguise it with fun/interesting entertainment!
Key reasons why Tummy Time is important:
Some ways to make Tummy Time FUN:
IF YOUR BABY SKIPPED CRAWLING, IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO WORK ON IT:
Every physical milestone represents a pathway of a baby's brain developing as it should. When a milestone is skipped, this can result in learning delays or other deficiencies down the road. BUT milestone's do not always need to be reached in perfect order. Every child's body has it's own unique plan for development. If a child walks before they crawl, that's OK but still encourage them to practice crawling even in toddlerhood. Get on the floor and pretend to be animals, buy a fun tunnel to crawl through at home, make bridges and forts out of blankets and crawl around in them. The sky's the limit! Just don't neglect the crawling milestone, Learn more from OT experts on why crawling is important!
TIME ON THE TUMMY REMAINS IMPORTANT IN CHILDHOOD- HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON WHY AND HOW
If your child is 3 or 4 months behind in a milestone and you are starting to worry about it, talk to your pediatrician. Catching a developmental delay young is the best way to give a child the support he/she needs to thrive!