Hudson Valley Parent

HVP - May 2014

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Page 20 of 49 n Hudson Valley Parent 19 Tummy time T ummy time is an important part of baby's development because it helps baby learn how to sit up, crawl, roll over, and eventual- ly stand. It is never too early to start tummy time with baby; you can get baby started from day one. It is advised that all babies are put to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS, so baby is comfortable lying on his back but not so comfortable with lying on his stomach. Mom and dad can make tummy time easier for baby with a few tips and tricks shared by Baby J founder and mom of two, Jennifer Jacobellis: Use a soft, padded play mat Tummy time is a lot more com- fortable for babies when you have something super soft and cozy for them to lie on. Join baby on the floor Baby will feel better during tum- my time if he knows that mommy or daddy is right there with him. Lie down opposite from baby on your stomach so you can be face-to-face. Start slow It will take time for baby to adjust to tummy time, especially if baby is very fussy. It's recommended that ba- bies have 30 minutes of tummy time a day but when your baby is first starting out, aim for increments of one or two minutes a day, a couple of times day. Increase the minutes each week until eventually baby reaches 30 minutes a day. It doesn't have to be 30 minutes in one sitting but can be done in sev- eral sessions a day. New moms 13-19 Railroad Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-8121 Register your child for a SUMMER FUN Bowling Pass 2 FREE Games of Bowling A Day All Summer!

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