“It’s so important that your baby does tummy time.”
Yes, it absolutely is. But, is there another option??
As we’ve discussed in our previous TT post, Tummy Time is one of the hardest, but most beneficial activities for your newborn to do. But why the fuss? The answer: The Safe-to-Sleep Campaign.
Rolling over is the first major motor milestone that your baby will conquer. If they need a bit of help, try these activities with them.
Newborns lead a pretty cushy life once they arrive home. But it’s not too long before your pediatrician tasks them with homework, their first important developmental skill: rolling.
Here’s the quick facts to know.
What is Rolling Over?
Rolling over is the developmental skill of flipping the entire body from one position (back or belly) to the other. It is the first major motor milestone and as parents, we are ecstatic when they do it for the first time.
However, before you can confidently say “My baby can roll”, your newborn should be able to:
Tummy Time for babies is a basic building block to prone extension for children and adults.
What is that? Prone extension (aka the Superman) is when you lay on your stomach and lift your arms and legs straight off the ground.
This position helps with balance, attention, and coordination. It’s also a good indicator if your child has postural control issues.
As a new parent, you receive a lot of rules about how to take care of your new bundle of joy. But, one is a bit hard to implement once you get home: Tummy Time.
What is Tummy Time?
This cute, alliterative phrase refers to any time when your baby is on their belly while they are awake and active. This position allows them to lift and turn their head from side to side, and provides the foundational upper body and core strength/ stability needed for reaching and crawling.