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Benefits of Tummy Time

  • Motor Control, Planning and Postural Strength

    • Tummy time works extensor (back) muscles that run along the spine from the back of the head down to the tailbone. These muscles need to be strong to keep baby upright later when sitting, crawling and walking. The flexor and extensor muscles will develop and work in harmony to allow baby to develop these amazing and essential motor milestones.
    • It will also encourage rolling, reaching, pushing, pulling, holding and grasping.
    • Tummy time helps strengthen the neck, arms and core muscles and helps prevent developmental delays.
    • Helps develop normal round head shape and decreases the risk of flattening of the back of the head which has other consequences. (see www.plagiocephalyprevention.com.au).
  • Sensory Integration

    • Being on the tummy means that baby is exposed to a lot of tactile sensory input to the face, mouth and other body parts therefore stimulating learning and self-exploration. Toys that baby can touch, and different fabrics such as rugs, sheepskins, soft toys and harder toys gives much stimulation to the nervous system.
  • Visual Processing, Cognition & Environmental Awareness

    • When doing tummy time, baby is not looking at the ceiling. Baby is exposed to a whole new world of different and colourful stimulation. The eyes are trained and exercised to focus at different lengths, helping baby's vision develop.
    • Helps baby develop visual and cognitive skills. Tummy time play with babies gets them thinking and talking. Encourage interactions with their environment, looking, listening, imitating, babbling, singing, talking, reading.
  • Psychological Effects

    • Baby can gain increased confidence, and a sense of achievement when they begin to raise their head and see what they want. When you praise them they are motivated and feel happy and secure.
    • Tummy time leads to learning new skills such as rolling and this gives baby a sense of accomplishment.