TAKE THE TRAUMA OUT OF TUMMY TIME
The earlier you start tummy time, the better, and the more chance there is that your baby will enjoy it. So put your newborn on your chest. In this position, the neck and back-strengthening benefits of tummy time are gained.
PROP HER UP
For a slightly older baby, roll a towelling nappy under her chest to raise it up a little and make her more comfy. You can even use a breastfeeding cushion, a pillow or a small 55cm gym ball. Lie your baby across one and roll her gently over it from side to side and from back to front.
TIME IT RIGHT
Time her tummy time for after naps and when she’s been fed – just not straight afterwards. A content baby is much more likely to cooperate and have fun on her tum than a fussy one.
BREAK IT UP
Do as much tummy time as your baby can tolerate, and alternate tummy time with back time. Start with three to five minutes three times a day and gradually build it up. Eventually, your baby should be able to do about 30 minutes throughout the day, perhaps even more.
PLAY WITH HER
Distract your baby from the fact that she’s on her tummy and get down on your tummy too. Make eye contact with her, play with her – blow bubbles, play peeka-boo or read to her. If you’re busy, place her at your feet on a blanket with a mirror as babies love looking at themselves. Lots of toys scattered around to look at and reach for work well too. And don’t forget about interactive playmats – a fabulous buy.