Moms know it’s important to put baby on their back to sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,"it's also important to make sure that as [baby] gets older, he gets some tummy time."
Tummy time helps strengthen neck muscles, which is good for giving baby the strength they need to lift their little heads, and to push up, roll over, and crawl later on. It also helps to eliminate the pesky flat spot that can develop when newborns lay on their backs too long.
But not all babies love tummy time, and it can be a bit tedious for mom. Thankfully, there is a treasure trove of products for moms who are seeking tummy time help.
The Perfect Tummy Time Pillows
Sometimes baby needs a boost during tummy time. The Baby Einstein Rhythm of the Reef Prop Pillow is a soft, brightly colored tube that supports little ones when lying on their tummies. It’s also electronic, playing classic melodies and fun sounds to entertain baby. Tactile features, including a mirror, crinkle leaves, a teether, and textured fabrics are added to engage them in play.
Parents can also consider a pillow set, which will give you one pillow for parent and one pillow for baby. The Two Can Play™ Multi-Use Pillow Set has two pillows nestled together, which can be used individually or together for breastfeeding support. The smaller elephant pillow is just the right size for your baby during tummy time.
Tummy Time—Meet Playtime
For babies who aren’t content with tummy time, a little more stimulation might be required. Play mats are a perfect solution, and there are many to choose from.
Tummy Time Prop & Play: Plush and padded, this mat offers support for your baby’s wiggles and kicks. Little loops of satin Taggies surrounding the play mat will give your baby extra entertainment and comfort. Baby can also explore crinkle sounds, rattles and other toy attachments during tummy time.
Bright Starts Enchanted Elephants Activity Gym: This plush and cozy elephant is more like a cushion, giving a soft surface for baby’s belly and a little prop by way of the elephant’s head. It also has a removable activity center to engage fidgety little ones during tummy time stretches. It includes lights, music, and several toys to keep your baby interested.
Bright Starts Pal Around Jungle Activity Gym: This bright and playful mat takes your baby on a sensory safari. While baby gets in his tummy time workout, he can catch his own reflection in the baby-safe mirror. It also features link loops around the edge of the mat, so you can connect baby’s favorite toys for more tummy time entertainment.