By: Integrated Learning Strategies
Tummy time is essential for every child's learning development and all parents should encourage it. The trick is to incorporate the right types of exercises that engage the baby without tears and build the connection between parents and their baby. Parents can begin tummy time right after the baby is born.
Tummy time is the first step to building the baby's muscle tone in the arms, legs, neck, head and torso needed for crawling, walking and eventual reading and writing in the classroom. It helps build the muscles in the neck to eventually lift their head, which is one of the biggest problems in the classroom. It also allows the baby to move from side-to-side, which helps with balance, coordination, visual tracking and postural control. Restrictions in these areas could potentially cause sensory issues, emotional delays and attention and focus issues later in life.