Back to sleep. Tummy to play.
|Busby enjoying some Tummy Time|
I’d heard the phrase Tummy Time banded about fairly regularly when I was pregnant, but didn’t really know a great deal about it, or why it was imperative for Busby’s development. It wasn’t until Busby was born that I really started to read about it and take an interest in the importance of it.
Busby absolutely loves Tummy Time, and she’s so good at it. She’s always had very strong neck control (I put this down to her nosiness), and loves pushing herself up and attempting to wiggle towards one of her toys! I try to give her at least 15 minutes on her mat a day, and she’s constantly pushing herself up off our chests to have a look around, which counts as Tummy Time.
But I was curious – what really is Tummy Time? How did it come about? And why is it so important? I thought I’d do some research and explore why babies need Tummy Time in their routine, and why it’s vital for their development.
So firstly, what is Tummy Time?
Tummy Time is monitored time spent on tummy, usually integrated into playtime, to aid a baby’s physical development; upper body strength, co-ordination, head control and balance are all helped by regular time spent on their front. As I mentioned above, time spent with baby lying on their tummy on your chest is also considered Tummy Time.
How did Tummy Time come about?
In 1994, the “Back to sleep. Tummy to play.” campaign was launched. The campaign encouraged parents to place their babies on their backs to sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and only to place on their tummy to play. As a result of this campaign countless lives have been saved.
Why is Tummy Time important?
Sadly, there has been a downside to the “Back to sleep. Tummy to play.” campaign; many parents have ignored the second part of the slogan due to lack of understanding or worry that they’re going to harm their child, and therefore have become reluctant to let their baby participate in any Tummy Time.
According to the folks at Tummy with Mummy®:
“48% of children who started school in the UK last year had delayed motor and sensory skills i.e. they faced difficulties holding pencils, catching balls and in some cases, will face challenges in their reading and writing abilities.
50% of children who started school in the UK last year, had some degree of positional plagiocephaly i.e. flat head.
Dave Abrahams from Tummy with Mummy®
“I would say is having eye-contact with your baby is the key to successful Tummy Time, as this definitely alleviates the stress that a baby feels when lying face-down on the floor.”
My Top Tummy Time Tip(s)
Busby is such an alert and
|Busby and her pal, Sensory Monkey!|
I also find talking to her in an encouraging tone helps motivate her to keep going, and reduces her frustration during the times she doesn’t quite get there!
|What’s over there?|