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Throwback Thursday: Baby's Tummy Time




It's that time of the week again. What time you ask? It's my Throwback Thursday. It's the day I find an old picture of me, well actually its not that old since I'm only 18 months old, but it's a younger version of me. I show you a picture and tell you a bit about how old I was and what I was doing and if there are tips to be had I will share them with you. Well actually mommy will share them with you. I'm still trying to figure out what tips really mean. I thought it was something that we gave to our pizza guy when he brings us pizza but I found out that it means that we tell you some awesome stuff as well.
This picture was taken when I was 5 months old. This was when I wasn't quite mobile and mommy didn't have to worry about me running around everywhere. This was when I was the "good baby" and not the little daredevil she calls me now. What a difference being able to walk makes.


So what do I talk about today. How about Tummy Time? I'm sure you figured it out already anyway because of my post title. I told you my writer needs to be fired. You weren't supposed to know until you got here. Silly mommy!

So why is Tummy Time important for your baby? After all its encouraged that babies sleep on their backs. Well having tummy time is important for your baby's motor development and lays the foundation for your baby crawling then walking. Encouraging your baby to spend time on her tummy can help her reach her developmental milestones.

I admit that I hated it when it was done when I was younger but it's recommended that your baby spend at least 30 minutes of tummy time each day.

So how can you encourage your baby to enjoy it? Well here's where the tips that I was talking about comes in.

Lay down and play with your baby, get down on their level. This will not only let them know that you are there for them but calm down any anxiety they have as well.

You can also purchase an activity mat. They are usually bright in color and come with mirrors and toys that grabs your baby's attention. The mirrors are an excellent way to strengthen your babys' neck muscle since your baby usually try to lift her head to get a look at herself in the mirror. The music as well helps in that regard since baby usually turn their head to listen to the music as well. The toys, mirrors also assist in your baby's brain and sensory development.

Tummy Time should when done on the floor should always be supervised. Never leave your baby unattended.

Tummy Time doesn't always have to be on the floor. You can lay baby across your lap and they will love that as well.

Whether you do decide to do Tummy Time or not your baby will still develop normally but it is encouraged.

So did you do Tummy Time with your little one and did they enjoy it?

Annmarie John
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  1. Nice post :)
    I have Tummy time with my boy, and I have to agree now he likes to do ir longer!


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    1. Babies get accustomed to doing it once they've done it quite a while. I hated it at first but got to like it later on. i'm happy your little boy doesn't mind. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. Awww - look at her little she was!!! Yes, tummy time is so important - both of my girls hated it at fist, but grew to love it!

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    1. Thank you Krista. I hated it at first too but I got to love it as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  3. Aww it is so fun to look back at pictures of kids when they were younger. Where did all of the time go?

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    1. That's what mommy says but she's happy that I'm growing up. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. tummy time was important with both my kids. I remember my son was a little pissy about it though! He was ready to move and sit up. He's still my active one 10 years later.

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    1. I couldn't wait to run around as well. I love running around as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. We did lots of tummy time! My 11 yr old especially loved it when my daughter was little like that and he could show her how to move or play with a toy like that! Those days go by so fast!!

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    1. They really do. Mommy did a lot of tummy time with me and I'm so happy she did. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. I believe that it's really important, because the way they'd move is on their tummy and fours first!

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    1. It is very important and does help with our muscle development. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. Shes so cute! my boys loved their tummy time :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I'm so happy your boys liked it. :) ♥ Madison

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  8. My oldest hated it. My son was crawling by 6 months because he really loved trying when put on his tummy. The baby is almost a month and does not like being out of mommy's arms.

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    1. awww I was a mommy's baby too and hated it at first. I would rather be held than put on my tummy. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. So cute! Just too cute! Des hated it so much. I told the doctor, "I know you hear this a lot and you probably want to roll your eyes, but Des really can't do tummy time. I can't stand the screaming."
    Needless to say he still learned to raise his neck, roll over and crawl, but he certainly wasn't fast about any of that!

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    1. Des just wanted to do things on his own time without any help from you thank you very much. Mr Independent. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. neither of my kids were fond of tummy time.

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    1. I wasn't at first but got to like it later on when I was able to move around a little bit more. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. Aww...such a cutie, little Madison! We did lots of tummy time with my son. He didn't love or hate it, he was just like "Oh ok, this is what we're doing now..." :)

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    1. haha that's what happened to me too after I got accustomed to mommy putting me down. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. I did it with Emalee and am doing it with Annaliese now...sadly they both hate it! Annaliese rolls back over onto her back as soon as you put her on her tummy!

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    1. LOL guess no tummy for her. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. Aww... my kids were definitely not a fan of tummy time.

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    1. Not a lot of kids are and I only got to like it after it was done for quite some time. :) ♥ Madison

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  14. My son was hesitant at first, but after a while it was his favorite part of the day! Thanks for linking up at The Paper Vine! :)

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    1. I'm happy he got to like it. Thank you for stopping by as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  15. wow, nice!! I like how you managed pushups during your tummy time too! :D

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    1. It does look like I'm trying to work out doesn't it. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. Look at that little sweet face! I had 2 babies who liked tummy time and 2 babies who hated it!

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    1. I'm happy you did have at least two who liked it. :) ♥ Madison

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  17. Well, I'm one of those terrible moms who put their kids to sleep on their tummies as otherwise they would not sleep. Therefore, I did not worry about tummy time--atrocious, I know! But now that my 5th child is 2 1/2, I can say it without worrying! However, it makes for a great picture!

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    1. Mommy did that for me as well. I did sleep on my tummy at times and nothing happened to me but it is recommended that we sleep on our backs as babies. :) ♥ Madison

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  18. My oldest 3 hated tummy time. They would spit up so much that I was always so worried they'd suffocate or something in a puddle of it. My youngest liked tummy time and was my earliest crawler.

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    1. I guess you may be proof that tummy time babies do crawl earlier than those who didn't. Thanks for sharing your story. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. My oldest was okay with tummy time, but my youngest was a reflux baby, so tummy time was out for him.

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    1. awww poor baby. Reflux isn't fun at all. My big brother had reflux and needed to be on special formula. :( ♥ Madison

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  20. My oldest hated it, but my youngest liked it :) He also walked much earlier, so I think it made a difference.

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    1. Another success story! Yay! So happy it worked out for one of your children at least. :) ♥ Madison

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  21. Look at the cutie-batootie! :)
    We did have tummy time...and loved it.

    ~Lorelai
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  22. I'm going to say that I didn't really do this with my daughter. I was a working mom, and she was an early walker. And i was in an unhappy marriage. But she loved her bouncer!

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    1. Bouncers are great too. I loved mine a lot! ♥ Madison

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  23. You look sooo cute, Madison! And seeing you now, you've grown so big. :)

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    1. Thank you Mira for the compliment. I'm getting bigger everyday. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. Tummy time is very important! Luckily for me, both my girls loved it :D

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    1. I'm so happy Linda. I loved it too after a while. :) ♥ Madison

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  25. So cute! My Brady HATED tummy time. He'd grunt and groan and then cry. I have photos of this I showed him just the other day and he (at 7) thought it was hilarious.

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    1. I might laugh at myself when I'm older as well, so happy he can laugh at himself now. :) ♥ Madison

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  26. I want to lay on a fluffy blanket like in the first photo, it's beautiful. One thing about being a mom who worked out of the home was missing special tummy time; priceless!

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    1. So sorry you missed out on your tummy time with your little one but I hope you got some pictures to commemorate the time. :) ♥ Madison

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