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Baby Tummy Time the Montessori Way: How to Do It?

Baby Tummy Time the Montessori Way: How to Do It?

Can our children start their Montessori learning journey even before they’re enrolled in a Montessori Learning Center in Orange, California? Yes, they can! Introduce Montessori to your babies through tummy time.

Important Child Development during the Infancy-Toddler Years

Dr. Maria Montessori emphasized how vital the infancy-toddler stage is to every child’s physical development. She called these the Primary Sensitive Periods. Our children develop their language and movement skills as they get acquainted with their environment and start to understand the concept of order during these stages.

The neurons that control movements develop and mature in the first two years of your child’s life. Signals are sent to the brain’s motor cortex every time they move a body part. The more they use it, the more signals are sent. More signals result in stronger connections. Stronger connections bring about movement fluidity.

One way to encourage babies to move is by tummy time

  • What Is Tummy Time?

    It is simply putting your little tots on their tummy. Many parents see it as a way to prevent their babies from getting bald spots and flat-shaped heads. But it does more than that. Tummy time exercises and strengthens the muscles and bones in their chest, upper back, neck, and head. It also helps develop body coordination as they grow so they can roll, sit and eventually crawl and stand.

    Other tummy time advantages include:
    • Allowing them to use the muscles of both their upper and lower extremities,
    • Encouraging babies to explore and play independently,
    • Higher IQ development in infants. One study revealed how constantly carried and cuddled babies have lower IQs compared to those who aren’t.
  • Tips for Happier and Safer Baby Tummy Times

    The American Academy of Pediatrics warns about how high risk putting babies on their stomachs is, particularly when sleeping, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Practice tummy time with great caution, doing it only when you’re awake.

    • Start by getting your newborn used to the position

      Put them on your chest or stomach for a few minutes as you lie reclined. Some babies will fuss and cry after a moment. This is normal as the position can be uncomfortable for the first few times. Start with short intervals of about 10-20 seconds twice a day. Then make them longer as they grow older. The recommended maximum tummy time is 30 minutes daily.

      To make babies more comfortable while on tummy position on the floor, put them on soft, textured mats like a fleecy blanket with a pillow supporting their chests. Nursing ones work best.

    • Communicate with them

      Tummy times are bonding times, too. As they grow older, you can put toys within reach to encourage independent exploration and play.

  • Stop tummy time when the baby cries or gets fussy

    Don’t wait for kindergarten to get your child started with Montessori learning. And when you do introduce them to a more formal approach to the teaching method, enroll them with us at Shepherd Montessori Learning Center.

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