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Tummy Time Tip5The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends placing babies on their backs to sleep and their tummies to play as part of a daily routine. Just a few minutes a day, a few times a day, can help your baby get used to Tummy Time and help prevent early motor delays. If you begin early (even from just a few days old) and maintain a consistent schedule, your baby will learn to love Tummy Time. This helps develop the muscles in their back, neck, and trunk, on their way to meeting all their infant development milestones.

Tummy Time should begin from the time baby is brought home from the hospital. Try these simple tasks:

  • Create a habit of alternating baby’s position (not location) at least every 20 minutes when baby is awake.
  • Carry baby in arms rather than in a car seat.  Sometimes use the “foot ball” hold and carry baby tummy side down.
  • When changing baby’s diaper, flip him over onto his tummy for 30 seconds  to one minute.
  • Place baby on his tummy on your lap to burp or soothe. A hand on his bottom will help to keep him steady.
  • If bottle feeding, alternate arms to create a more natural hold for baby.
  • When you are awake and alert, lie down and place baby on your tummy or chest.  Until baby can lift her head, alternate her head position for her.  Make sure you keep  your hands on baby at all times.
  • Get down on the floor at eye level with baby.  Be sure to position yourself in different locations around baby to encourage head turning.

Babies don’t always like Tummy Time in the beginning because they have no ability to lift their heads.  However, if you are consistent about doing Tummy Time for short periods all throughout the day, every day, baby will learn to love it!

For additional information on Tummy Time activites and Infant development.  See www.Pathways.org.

Pillow Designed to Prop a Bottle

Bottle Prop Pillow

Bottle Propping has been done by busy parents and caregivers for many year.  Baby bottle holders allow a parent to feed a baby, especially twins or triplets hands free. There are a variety of designs, but generally they are cushy pillows that rest on baby’s chest propping up and stablizing the bottle so that they can drink without the need for holding it. Bottle Props can be used while baby is in a stroller, carrier seat, bouncy seat, crib, or boppy – just about anywhere that baby is placed on his or her back.   Some parents can’t imagine getting through the day without bottle propping but it is generally considered a bad idea.  Products used to prop a bottle are considered unsafe for babies and discouraged by medical professionals and safe sleep experts.

Feeding a baby is an optimal time for bonding.  Holding baby close to your body, looking into the baby’s eyes and being reactive to the baby’s cues are all important.  Bottle propping can cause ear infections, choking, gagging and even death.  Read more about the correct way to hold a baby during bottle feeding.


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