In this parenting video learn why you should place you child on their tummy for a portion of the day.
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Female: Four months young, baby Tiffany Marie loves her tummy time. It gives her a whole new view of the world. A view that is totally different from what she sees on her back. Wileska: Tiffany loves looking at her self in the mirror. It's like watching somebody else or maybe wondering who this person is. Sees a baby-like near something like that and then she will be like “oh whoa” and it's like this great expression of wonder in her eyes. Female: Mommy Wileska knows aside from the pleasure Tiffany Marie gets from this vantage point, tummy time is necessary exercise. To prevent developmental delays, supervise tummy time should be part of the baby’s daily routine from the beginning. At one month, a baby will probably be able to lift her head from the tummy or prone position for just a few seconds. By three to six months, she will have learned to pushup unto her elbows while on her tummy and soon will progress to pushing up unto her hands. These movements form the beginning of shoulder stability, head support and development in the hands. Later on, this upper body strength will be used for crawling, walking, throwing a ball and even writing her name. Wileska: When Tiffany Marie is on her belly, she can lift and you can see most of her stomach right now is very upright, very still and then her head. Female: Muscle tone is not the only benefit of tummy time. Male: Doing tummy time and having the children out of their crib is a good way to prevent some of the thinning of hair that we see or the flat spot. Female: Tummy time is best when the baby is alert and full but not immediately after a feeding. The best place is a firm surface like a playpen or a mat on the floor and should always be supervised. Not all babies enjoy tummy time as much as Tiffany Marie. Here are some tips and tricks. Create support. Place a roll of towel or receiving blanket under her chest and arms to raise her up. This will make it easier for her to lift and turn her head. Keep the session short at first. Try starting with tow to five minutes a few times each day. Get involved. Lie on your back and place your baby on her tummy on your knees. Give you baby something to do, stimulating toys or a mirror. Hold attempting toy just out of her reach while encouraging her to get it. Praise her effort. Male: Some of the fun things to do when you're on tummy with the baby on her tummy is to just make faces and talk with him. That’s the most engaging thing for a child.