The best way for your little one to build up her neck and upper body muscles is a little tummy time each day. This helps her get ready for crawling. Not every infant likes to be on her tummy though. If she starts fussing there is only so much you can do to get her to relax. There are plenty of things that you can do to encourage her to stay on her belly. I’ve put together a few helpful tips that you can try. Give it a shot!
Did you know that the first major physical milestone that little Zoey will reach is around 4 months. By then, she should be able to push herself up with her arms while raising her head up. If she isn’t a fan of being on her tummy like some babies, you can try to roll up a towel and put it under her armpits to support her chest. This will help encourage her to start using her upper body to push herself up. Try to do this for a few minutes each day. The more you do it the more she’ll get used to it . You can start increasing the time each day. Soon enough she’ll stop fighting you!
Try slowly increasing the time that she spends on her tummy each day. If she starts crying try not to pick her up right away. Try calming her down by rubbing her back or singing her a song. If you do this for a week and don’t see and improvement think about contacting her pediatrician and see what they have to say.
The more time that Zoey spends on her tummy the stronger she is going to get and the more she’ll like it… hopefully. You can also try getting down on your belly too. Make some silly faces are her, sing songs to her and play with her favorite toy. Spend tummy time on a bed rather than the floor. It can be a little more comfortable for you and for her.
Aim for a total of 30 minutes a day doing tummy time with Zoey. Of course you can break this up throughout the day. At first there is no way any newborn will stay on their tummy for 30 minutes straight. Just take it one step at a time! She will build up those muscles and start looking up at you with those pretty eyes knowing she accomplished it all by herself!