Interactive activities for children allow for playtime, growth and physical development. Each activity with your child builds a bond between parent and child. Parents the first playmates for their infants. Each activity which allows parents and children to bond build trust and familial foundation. The tummy time activity is one way of forming a bond and good support for physical development for children.
Tummy time activities should begin when the baby reaches three months old wherein they can be capable to crawl. Physical development in babies and motor skills development are connected directly; this is why tummy time activities are required to help in developing both aspects. Babies need their parents to support to reach each physical milestone.
The Importance of Tummy Time Activities
Babies always lay on their back the first few months since birth. This is due to their gross and fine motor skills not being developed yet. Tummy time activities can help with their development. Additionally, babies who spent lying on their back too much will experience plagiocephaly or the so-called flat head syndrome. Infants, when they were born, have flat heads and to transform the changes activity constant movement is required. Tummy time activities can strengthen an infant’s neck and core for the baby to have more control of his/her body parts.
Tummy time activities assist in the preparation for the infant to gain gross motor skills. It is also a form of exercise for them to let their bones and muscles be used to moving. Tummy time activities should not take longer than 2 hours a day so that your baby can be more accustomed to this activity. At first, babies will not cooperate and become fussy but parents should add different toys which can be seen on the SPEC Kid Club Guide to maintain engagement with their children.
Do not force your baby to do tummy time activities if he/she is not ready; every infant has his/her own pace of development. Also, show your baby that it is for fun and not compulsory by involving music and sensory toys shown in the Spec Kid Club Toy Box.
Tummy Time Activities
- Parents can use the SPEC Kid Club Play Mat on the floor to allow your child to lay on their tummies and let them crawl to you.
- Parents can lie on the mat themselves. This is the chest to chest position; since your baby can see your face, they would feel more comfortable. Your child will begin to stretch to you.
Let your baby lie on their stomach on your legs when you are sitting; this can also be the same as crawling on the floor. As long as the baby is lifting their neck, they are already exercising.
- Surround your child with toys on the floor. Toys which are age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate can be ordered from www.speckidclub.com.
- Scatter toys around your child while they are lying on their stomach. This can allow them to practice how they reach toys and raise their heads to see where the toys are. Parents should always monitor their children during tummy time activities.
- If your baby cries because of tummy time try to entertain and distract them as much as possible. Make funny faces, cute noises, act as a character out of a kid’s show or anything that can entertain your baby. This is to distract them and let the infant be accustomed to lying on their tummy.
- Get an exercise ball and position the baby on top of it. Play along with the child by rocking the ball, bouncing it a little, rolling it forward and backward somewhere. Just hold them firmly to avoid unnecessary accidents.
- Place your baby on top of a pillow while they are lying on their chest and stomach. This can help your baby to be comfortable with the tummy time position and not cry due to discomfort.
- Mimic the actions of your child. Show your baby how to do it, when the baby is already on their chest and stomach position.
- As a parent, you always worry if the physical changes in the infancy of your baby are going to be delayed or not. Parents will do whatever it takes to have their child’s physical changes and gross motor skills develop at a normal pace. Always remember not to force your child with these changes and activities for they have their own physical milestone which is established on an individual basis. For more information on tummy time or questions on child development, write an email to Spec Kid Club, our staff of developmental specialists and early childhood teachers are always here to guide and help you.
As a parent, you always worry if the physical changes in the infancy of your baby are going to be delayed or not. Parents will do whatever it takes to have their child’s physical changes and gross motor skills develop at a normal pace. Always remember not to force your child with these changes and activities for they have their own physical milestone which is established on an individual basis. For more information on tummy time or questions on child development, write an email to Spec Kid Club, our staff of developmental specialists and early childhood teachers are always here to guide and help you!