Circle Time: Tummy Time

Circle Time: Tummy Time

Circle Time: Tummy Time

Welcome to another day of PlanToys Circle Time! In this session, we're discussing the importance of tummy time for babies, and what you can do to enhance their experience.
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Muscle-Strengthening 

When babies are born they have yet to gain the strength to perform some of the most basic bodily functions, such as holding up their necks. Tummy time is not only a bonding experience but a way for growing babies to exercise their muscles and discover what they are capable of.

It's suggested to not engage in tummy time if the baby is not fully alert, or has just finished eating. Younger babies can engage in tummy time every day for a few minutes. As they grow and show improved muscle development, the time should increase. 

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Introduction To Play 

Tummy time is also the best scenario to introduce play! Incorporate cause-and-effect age-appropriate toys: toys that can roll, crinkle, or jingle. Toys such as this not only help with tummy time but allows babies to develop auditory skills and gain an interest in their surroundings.

PlanToys carries a variety of toys that are perfect for tummy time for babies 0-6 months. They're also available in multiple colorways to suit any space. 
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Below is a selection of PlanToys that are ideal for tummy time:
     
Rollers:
 Peek-A-Boo 
As this toy rolls across a flat surface, the arms move in and out.
Clapping As this toy rolls across a flat surface, the end pieces open and close, creating a clapping sound.

Cars

Introduce babies to the joy of vehicles early on with cars designed just for them!

 

Rattles:

Bead

This rattle features a set of beads that can move and spin around the ring.

Bell

This rattle features 4 musical beads that are attached to a ring. Babies can easily grasp the ring and make the beads jingle.
 
Clutching:
These toys combine color, shape, and sound. Babies can easily grasp these forms and engage in an auditory sensation when they shake or roll them.
  
Sensory Tumbling:
 
These most-loved PlanToys fuse play with auditory, visual, and tactile experiences. Each of the 3 tumblers satisfies a different sensory experience. 
  

Bonding

Consider placing a baby on your chest for a more engaging session. This can be an ideal scenario for fussy babies who are not showing an interest in tummy time.

    

Do What Works Best for Your Family

Consult a Professional for More Information

We understand that there is not a singular system that fits all families. Only you can truly understand your baby and family's needs. 

This information was sourced from children's hospitals and the US Department of Health.

Please consult a child care expert or doctor if you have any specific questions about tummy time or child care.

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