One thing I’ve learned in dealing with Trevor’s motor delays is that you’ve got to get creative. When I first had Trevor I assumed Tummy Time meant lying stomach-down on a mat, and that was it. Due to his hypotonia he hated Tummy Time and screamed pretty much the second he was placed face down on the ground. At first that meant we didn’t do a lot of Tummy Time. But eventually I ended up learning some alternative ways to do Tummy Time. I actually still do this activity with Trevor to work on strengthening his weaker core muscles, but it is also an excellent activity to do with your baby! And with Paige being my second child she is lucky enough (or unfortunate enough, depending on how you look at it, lol) to take part in these activities from the get-go. For the most part I’m more laid-back this time around. But when it comes to motor development I have a little parenting PTSD, and so Paige gets tons of Tummy Time.
The best way for a child to enjoy Tummy Time I’ve discovered is to get them up off the ground. Being on the ground and not being able to move themselves is frustrating. So dig out that old exercise ball that you never use and put you baby on it! It’s a great way for them to strengthen their muscles. If you have a mirror down low like we do, have your baby do this in front of the mirror. Babies love looking in mirrors! If you don’t have a mirror down low, position yourself or someone else in front of your baby so they have someone to look at. Babies love looking at faces too.
Paige coos and smiles at herself when we do this. She loves it! Although given her age, she only loves it for short periods of time 😉 But it’s a fun alternative to the traditional method of Tummy Time. I’m looking forward to sharing other Tummy Time activities too!
(And I’m sure I don’t have to say this, but make sure you hold on tightly to your baby, as they are up off the floor.)