Tuesday, October 23, 2012

tummy time

Hazel is not a fan of tummy time.  She holds her head up and tolerates it for about 10-20 minutes, depending on her mood and the day, but then has absolutely no interest in staying on her tummy!

According to the information packet given to us at her 2-month pediatrician appointment, "In the first months of life, babies learn about movement of their body and develop the physical skills required for rolling over, sitting, and crawling... In 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) published recommendations to put healthy babies to sleep on their backs, resulting in a dramatic reduction of SIDS.  The AAP's 'Back to Sleep - Tummy to Play' campaign reminds parents to provide babies with adequate supervised tummy time, to promote growth and development."

I've been scouring the internet looking for ways to make tummy time last longer for Haze... But so far, the suggestions seem to be things that we already do.  For example: get on the floor with her at eye level, shake toys in front of her, place toys within her reach, put her on a colorful mat... All ways to keep her from feeling bored or alone.

The suggestions do seem to work for the first little bit, but once she gets to the 15-20 minute mark, no amount of silly faces or toys seem to pacify her.

At first, I wasn't worried about her not loving tummy playtime, as we started with (and still do) biological or tummy to tummy nursing (which helps them learn head and neck control).  Plus Hazel loves to lay tummy to tummy with me for playtime too and can easily do the 'mini-pushup.'

But when she's on the floor, it almost seems like she just gets tired of holding her head up after awhile.  Did anyone else go through this with their baby?

I know that we still have awhile before she should meet this milestone (looks like early rolling over is considered 4 months).  But does anyone have suggestions to make tummy time more enjoyable? 

We just love seeing this...

1 comment:

  1. Harper HATED tummy time. She wouldn't even do it for more than 5 minutes at a time and she was rolling over by 4 1/2 months. Don't worry, mama!