Tummy time is often either a source of fun for families–or of distress. Check out my new tummy time website! EnjoyTummyTime.com – Your Source for a Respectful and Informed Approach to Tummy Time
Whether it’s going wonderfully or is challenging, I have some important information to share with you, including tips you will not see in much of the tummy time literature out there:
- How Baby gets into and out of tummy time makes a difference
- Watching for and reducing a startle response
- What counts as “tummy time”
- Why tummy time is not just about muscle strength
- Allow the newborn’s bending hips and knees in tummy time
- Empowering ways to address that stuck arm
- Engagement vs distraction–why paying attention to fussing is important
- How propping devices can actually make tummy time more challenging
- Tummy time is part of a bigger picture: lying on the side and back are important too!
This approach to tummy time comes from Infant Developmental Movement Education (IDME), part of the Body-Mind Centering approach to somatic education.
Make Tummy Time a place of ease, comfort, and delight!
Eliza Parker is a certified Infant Developmental Movement Educator®, Aware Parenting Instructor, Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, and Feldenkrais® Practitioner.
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