Tummy Time Class

Tummy Time Class

Tummy time is not only an important way to prevent flat spots on your baby's head, but it is also an important part of your baby's normal growth. Tummy time improves neck and shoulder strength, which helps your baby learn to sit up, crawl, and walk. Tummy time also helps improve your baby's motor function, which is important to crawling, walking, and eventually holding blocks and toys, and eventually writing. Come and learn more about the benefits of tummy time and get some practice with your baby. Learn how to get the most out of tummy time and how to make it fun!

 
If you are interested in enrolling in this class, please contact the Childbirth Education office by emailing Autumn at Autumn.Argent@nahealth.com or call 928-773-2491 or 480-458-7042 (Coordinator cell phone) to find out more information about classes or how to register.
 
If your class is canceled due to severe weather conditions, the Childbirth Education office will notify you by phone. 

Why do babies need tummy time?

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued the recommendation that babies sleep on their backs or sides to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS (a statement revised in 1996 to say that only the back was safest). In 1994, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development launched the "Back to Sleep" campaign to spread the message.

As a result, however, pediatricians have noted an increased flattening on the back of babies’ heads – and tummy time became more essential. In this class, you will learn the important basics of tummy time.


Benefits of tummy time

Physically:

  • Gets babies out of their car seats, cribs and swings.
  • Strengthens neck, shoulder and back muscles in preparation for sitting, rolling over, crawling and walking. Typically, a baby will sit and roll between the ages of 4 and 7 months; crawl between 8 and 12 months; and walk between 11 and 13 months.
  • Maintains optimal round head growth and development; prevents flattening on the back of the head.
  • Reduces the risk of SIDS.

Mentally:

  • Helps babies explore a different view of the world.
  • Allows babies to explore different body movements.
  • Encourages fine motor development as babies grasp blankets or toys.

Emotionally:

  • Gives babies the opportunity to stretch on their own.
  • Encourages social engagement.
  • Connects babies to the earth and orients them to changes in gravity perception.

How can parents and caregivers make tummy time fun?

  • Get down on the floor with your baby.
  • Have tummy time after a diaper change.
  • Massage and touch your baby during tummy time.
  • Place your baby near the edge of a bed and sit on the floor.
  • Hold your baby in the airplane position. As the baby gets older, around four months, you may airplane with your knees.
  • Play with a book or toy during tummy time.
  • Gently roll your baby on an exercise ball.
  • Do not insist on tummy time if your baby is fussy or crying.
  • Never leave your baby unattended during tummy time.