According to the doctor, spending time on their stomach is important to new babies for a couple of reasons. It strengthens their posterior neck muscles, and helps them prepare for future milestones like crawling and sitting up.
At our house, we have a nightly routine. My husband and I put the big kids to bed, pick up the living room, and then lay Paul down on his activity mat. We let him stretch and wiggle around freely on the floor, without the risk of his 2 year old brother running him over or handing him something a baby shouldn’t have.
My husband always sits right next to Paul on the mat, and attempts a bit of tummy time.
Attempts. Like, her tries, but he doesn’t succeed.
Paul absolutely hates being on his stomach. He’ll lay on his belly for about 10 seconds, and then he screams! And if he doesn’t immediately start to cry, he will do something crazy like put his face directly into the floor. As we all know, babies face down on anything is a disaster waiting to happen.
So, we watch him like a hawk, and we’re working on it. Paul spends a minute or two on his belly every night, but it’s not exactly going well.
Did your babies love tummy time? Have any advice for a mother of a tummy time hater?