Tummy time tips : Make tummy time easier, so your baby can enjoy it!
A new mother’s worst nightmare! Tummy time! I used to dread this part of the day, every single day. I would watch the clock and time it 5 minutes exactly. All while laying on the floor trying to soothe my little girl. I finally got my niche and stuck with it, and now my girl has already learned how to roll over at 3 months old! Not that it’s out of the ordinary, but I feel like it’s all because I was persistent and diligent with tummy time!
There is no exact age to start at, but they say as long your baby was full-term and healthy that you can start as early as day 1 home from the hospital! We let her settle in a little before starting. Like most things in life, starting is the hardest part!
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Time Increments for tummy time
Ugh, this was the worst. I wanted to pick her up the absolute second I put her down. She hated it so much! We started with 3-minute increments at a time. Honestly, I couldn’t bare to hear her go crazy and scream as she did for more than once a day. We really only did it for a couple of minutes once a day. Once I felt more healed from delivery, comfortable and able to really focus 100% on her (about 3-4 weeks in) we really tried making up for a lost time! Tummy time is apart of our daily schedule now and can sometimes last up to 15 minutes! She really enjoys being on her tummy and reaching for her toys. I think the best way to handle time increments is to start low at 3 minutes per time to get acquainted, and then increase from there. 3 minutes, 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 10 minutes. By the time they are comfortable, you can almost put them anywhere that’s soft on their tummies! We do tummy time on the carpet, our tummy time mat, in our pack and play – pretty much anywhere! Always supervised of course!
Hopefully your babe is on their way to successful and less stressful tummy time!