Here in the Hudson Country Infant’s Room, we love Tummy Time! Whether your baby hates tummy time or loves it, it is extremely important for ongoing infant development. Not just to improve physical strength but to provide sensory stimulation for left and right brain coordination. It improves near point vision and helps to overcome primitive reflexes such as stepping and startle reflexes.
While parents have been encouraged to sleep babies on their back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), some daycare centers now seem fearful to lay babies on their tummy at all. This lack of tummy time has seen an increase in flattened head shapes and an overuse of sitting aids for babies. Not so with Hudson Country Montessori’s Infant Program.
Tummy time describes a dedicated time set aside to lay baby facing forwards on their front. As a newborn this position could be skin to skin on your chest or lying flat across your forearm or thighs. Begin with short intervals offered often and by three months expect your baby to be having approximately an hour of tummy time accumulated across the day and not including the time your baby sleeps on his tummy. If you give tummy time in short bursts and often in the beginning it enables muscle and ligament strength to build slowly helping your baby to feel more comfortable as he learns to lie in a forward facing position.
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