Ladybird’s Tummy Time book is designed to stimulate and entertain babies while they are spending time on their tummies. In this post we take a look at all the different benefits tummy time can give your baby, plus answer a few other key questions you might have. We also asked mums to review the book with their babies and the reviews, photos and videos speak for themselves – babies (even those who find it hard being on their tummies) love Tummy Time!
What is tummy time and why is it good for my baby?
Tummy time is exactly as it sounds – lying your baby on his or her tummy for a short amount of time! Of course, parents know that the recommended advice for babies is to place them to sleep on their backs to help minimize the chance of cot death, but it’s beneficial for babies when they’re awake to spend some time on their fronts, too. Developmental experts recommend supervised tummy time for a few minutes a couple of times a day, but there’s no right or wrong amount of time – be led by your baby’s attention span.
Benefits include helping avoid the development of flat spots on the back of babies’ heads from all the time spent on their backs, and strengthening neck and upper back muscles as babies learn to lift and turn their heads. It also gives babies a different view and piques their interest in the world around them! Once babies get used to tummy time, they also learn how to use their arms against gravity, using them to support their bodies and reaching and stretching for things they can see. Some studies have even shown that babies who regularly practise tummy time are able to crawl, roll and sit earlier than those who don’t – learning to balance and move on their tummies is great for developing coordination and muscle strength.
When should my baby start tummy time?
Even a newborn can benefit from lying on their tummies for a few minutes a day. Ensure your baby is awake and alert – a good time is often straight after a nap or nappy change. Before babies can lift or support their own head, it’s recommended to put them on their tummies lying on your chest or across your lap. Older babies are fine on the floor or a mat.
Aarya, 4 months
What should I do if my baby doesn’t like tummy time?
Tummy time can feel quite different for a baby at the beginning, so don’t be surprised if your little one initially cries or fusses! Try to distract them for a little while or provide some entertainment such as talking or singing above them to encourage them to lift their head, or put toys or a mirror on the floor for them to reach for. Most babies will get used to tummy time as they get stronger.
Harrison, 5 months
What does Baby Touch: Tummy Time do?
This new book is specifically designed to help make tummy time more fun for babies. Rather than have normal pages to turn, it folds out and can be tied together to make a big 3d book that sits securely on the floor. The high-contrast colours and images hold a baby’s attention and when they’re on their tummies it is exactly the right height to encourage them to lift their heads and look at it. Older babies can reach and stretch over to feel the touch-and-feel patches and peep through the hole. Uniquely, there are touch-and-feels on the ‘floor’ of the book too for easy reach!
Ruairidh and Owain, 4 months
And here are a few comments from some of our mum reviewers:
“We are really enjoying the book, what a great idea. It has definitely extended our tummy time and Harrison is showing interest in rolling over for the first time yesterday. He’s looking more at the floor level pictures at the moment but he also likes to sit upright, supported by me, to look at the full page.” Emma – mum of Harrison, 5 months
“Olive is very taken by the colours and pictures, she particularly likes the black and white section.” Ann – mum of Olive, 5 months
“My twins really engaged with the Tummy Time book. They were really attracted by the shapes and colours, gurgling and smiling away. They have reflux so I kept them on their backs most of the time, but they both reached out to touch the book and were very animated whenever I lay them down to look at it. I love the book and can see it become it firm favourite with the boys whenever they have floor time.” Natalie, mum of Ruairidh and Owain, 4 months.
“It’s great! I’ve never seen anything similar. The black and white page is the biggest hit with Aarya as she is only just four months.” Sunaina, mum of Aarya.