Much to my dismay, most babies do not appear to come with an instruction manual. Or at least mine didn’t. I’ve learned what he needs and how to provide these things by reading a lot of websites, talking to seasoned mothers and through a whole lot of trial and error. But there is one area of babies that I know pretty well, thanks to an absurdly expensive 3-year graduate school education, and that is their physical development.
In my last clinical affiliation I worked exclusively in pediatrics, and it was there that I found myself telling all parents of infants that their children desperately needed floor time. At the time it seemed so simple, how hard could it be to make sure your little one lays on the floor every day? As it turns out, it can be quite hard. Even knowing that Eli needs floor time, there are days where it doesn’t happen and a lot of days where it is very, very brief. Bad mommy, I know.
Most parents have heard that their babies need tummy time, but these are 7 important reasons why your child needs floor time each day — both tummy and back.
If your baby is like mine and really, really hates tummy time, you can start them off by having them lay on their tummies on your chest, while you’re on the floor. There’s great potential for spit up mishaps, but babies love to look at their parents and it’s a good way to break them into the habit of tummy time.