Here is Dylan taking a little break during tummy time today. Hey, it's tiring trying to hold up your head, you know!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
When Dylan's Early Intervention nurse was here the other day, we talked about the importance of "tummy time". I knew that we were suppose to allow babies to practice being on their stomachs, but I didn't know exactly why. Now that I have a better understanding of it, I am committed to giving Dylan lots of opportunities to work on this skill. Tummy time gives babies the opportunity to strengthen their back, neck and shoulder muscles so they can roll over and later, crawl. I also learned that all development comes from the tummy position. If a baby doesn't develop their core strength, they also don't have those muscles to use for breath control, for the tongue moving back and forth and for the ability to form their mouths to do speech. Because of Dylan's low tone, I feel that this skill is going to be very important for him to practice.