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3 Steps to Make Tummy Time Fun: Use these 3 simple tips to take tummy time from a frustrating experience to a fun bonding experience with your little one.

3 Steps to Make Tummy Time Fun

 3 Steps to Make Tummy Time Fun

Turn tummy time frustrations into enjoyable bonding with your little one with these 3 easy steps to make tummy time fun!

Tummy time is crucial to helping your baby develop strength, but it’s not always fun for babies who can find it uncomfortable at first. Here are some mom-approved tips to make tummy time fun for everyone involved.

Set the Stage

3 Steps to Make Tummy Time Fun: Use these 3 simple tips to take tummy time from a frustrating experience to a fun bonding experience with your little one.

Mom or Dad’s chest is the premiere tummy time place, but eventually you’re going to want to move the baby to somewhere she can really move and explore. The trick is to find a surface that strikes the right balance between soft and firm. Too soft, and your baby will have a hard time pushing up off the floor. Too hard, and it can be very uncomfortable or cold for your little one. Blankets can slide or bunch under your baby’s hands, so a soft, foam or rubber floor is ideal. An easy option is a yoga mat, which is good until baby starts rolling. At that point, your best bet is to upgrade to colorful foam tiles, which are soft enough for baby, easy to clean and can be put away quickly.

Add Props

3 Steps to Make Tummy Time Fun: Use these 3 simple tips to take tummy time from a frustrating experience to a fun bonding experience with your little one.

As soon as you get settled and the baby is happy, there are always a few items you’ll wish you had within reach. Gather these items in a basket or large Tupperware container, so you can keep them handy. To help prop up the baby, you’ll want a small pillow or a hand towel that can be rolled. You’ll need diapers and wipes, of course. Those wipes will serve double duty for spit up, which is bound to happen with all that new pressure on baby’s tummy—another reason why easy-wipe foam tiles are  better than a blanket for tummy time.

Show Time!

Tummy time is all about playing together, so baby associates it with fun. For longer playtime, you’ll need some toys to keep baby engaged. Toy companies make flat toys for just this purpose, which are designed to light up or make noise when crawled on. Prop the baby up on a pillow and you can “read” a picture book to baby, or let her watch you play a musical instrument. Your baby is going to be interested in exploring all her senses, including touch. Find interesting textures, and help your baby softly run her fingers over them. Babies love looking at black, white, and red. Lay out a soft area rug with these colors, and let baby explore sight and touch at the same time.

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Tummy time is an exercise in exploration, for mom, dad and baby! What tricks have you discovered for tummy time? Comment below!

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3 Steps to Make Tummy Time Fun: Use these 3 simple tips to take tummy time from a frustrating experience to a fun bonding experience with your little one.

About Ari Ziskin

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Ari Ziskin is our resident expert in all things fitness, dance and flooring trends. After five years of blogging at Ari’s Menu, where she was featured on sites like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed, Ari decided to pursue writing full-time. Nothing makes her happier than sharing her knowledge to help people create their gyms and begin their fitness journey.

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