|Babies||Walkers 2||2s to 3s||3s to 4s|
Overview and benefit
It is very important that babies spend lots of time on their tummy to strengthen their core movement, build their neck and back muscles. From this prone position, babies then learn to roll and to crawl. This activity encourages parents to importance of tummy time and ensures it’s an active time for baby
The experience of being on their tummy helps babies learn to push up, roll over, sit up, crawl, and pull to a stand. It is recommended that parents try to give their babies around 30 to 60 minutes tummy time per day. This does not have to be in one single chunk, but can be broken up throughout the day.
- Two to three weeks
What to do in the class
Place babies on tummy and provide a range of interesting props. Parents should encourage the babies to look at the objects and then to reach them. They should be held a little out of reach so the babies have to stretch and move to see and touch them.
For those who are able to reach and shuffle, encourage the babies to get into a rolling position by placing the objects above their head and slightly to the side so they start to roll almost to their backs when they try to get it.
Tummy time can also be accomplished while holding your baby, link your arms securing under your babies body and move around to 5 little ducks for instance.
Adaptations for older/younger children
This activity is not suitable for older children or for babies not old enough to support their head.
What to do in a nursery setting
You will need at least one adult for every two babies for this exercise.
The best way to make your baby more comfortable with tummy time is for you to get down there with them. A rolled up blanket underneath the babies chest can also help them to be more comfortable.
Once the baby has sufficient head control — around age 4 months — you can play aeroplane: Lie on the floor and bend your legs. Put the baby’s tummy against your legs, his head at your knees. Then bend your legs while holding on to him firmly.
- Small balls
- Small soft toys
- Small shakers
- Mirrors (or CD’s on ribbons)
- Squeeky toys
- Peek a boo with scarves