Why Babies Should Be Tummy Time
Newborns can lie on their stomach just before they can roll over, Tummy Time will bring many benefits to your baby that you didn’t know. Babies spend almost 15 hours a day sleeping on their backs. Hence, they get fewer chances to practice using their arms, neck, back, and head to lift themselves up. Whatever be your child’s reaction, tummy time is one of your baby’s first exercises and needs to be a part of their daily routine.
What Is Tummy Time?
Tummy Time is one of baby’s first exercises—and the most important! Tummy Time is the period during the day your baby spends awake and on their stomach. It is a crucial exercise for baby’s motor, visual, and sensory development. Baby can begin Tummy Time as a newborn. They can continue to do Tummy Time throughout their first year. Daily tummy time exercise will help your kid to strengthen the neck, arch the back while developing the ability to move their face out of a mattress or a blanket if they accidentally roll to the stomach. Tummy time also encourages babies to practice pivoting and developing motor skills that are often precedes rolling over, scooting around, crawling, sitting up, and eventually walking.
When should my baby start Tummy Time?
As a newborn baby, as soon as they come home from the hospital.
How long should you do Tummy Time?
Aim to achieve at least an hour of Tummy Time total per day by 3 months of age. This hour of Tummy Time can be broken up into smaller parts. From newborn age, start with a few minutes at a time and build up to longer sessions.
Benefits of Tummy Time
There are various benefits of tummy time when your child spends their waking hours in a belly-down position. The following points would help to understand why it is an important activity:
1. Muscle Development: Tummy time helps to develop muscles of the neck, shoulders, arms, and upper back that eventually enable kids to lift their head
2. Exercise for the Heart and Maintaining Weight: As tummy time involves more activity, it assists in better cardiovascular health and body mass index for babies.
3. Motor Skill and Sensory Development: Paves the way for motor skill and sensory development that leads them to learn rolling over, sitting up, crawling, and walking.
4. Reduces Chances of Flat Spots on Heads : Tummy Time reduces the chances of babies forming flat spots on the back part of the head. In severe cases, a flat head may lead to distortion of facial features.
5. Stronger Eye Muscles: During tummy time your child gets attracted to the colorful objects in the room. Hence they look around and rotate their eyes which makes their eye muscles grow stronger.