Friday, October 1, 2010

Infant Stimulation Activity 80: Tummy Time Series - introduction

Did you know that an infant’s motor development starts with the head and moves down the body? Yes, babies develop from the top down. They hold their heads up before they can use their back to sit. This is why tummy time and development of your infant’s head control is so important.

The development of a baby’s ability to lift his head is the foundation for him to raise his shoulders, learn to roll, then sit, stand, and finally walk. It all begins with placing a baby on his tummy and creating the need for him to lift his head. And tummy time is not only important, but it is easy!

Spread a blanket on the floor, lay your baby tummy-side down, and then get right down on the floor with him. Within your baby’s first month start with short sessions, even a minute or two, so that within that first month your baby can work up to 15 minutes of continual tummy time. Really, even a few minutes a day a few times a day will get baby to this goal.

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