Reuben doesn’t like tummy time.
This is him on a good day
WebMD says babies resist tummy time when they don’t have good control and struggle to lift their head. You don’t say? His head nods about like Churchill (the dog, not the Prime Minister) and he invariably ends up smacking his little bonce off the floor. Therefore, I’m not very good at making him have tummy time. I don’t want him to be sad! But here’s some reasons why we really should persevere:
1. It can help to prevent cot death. Tummy time strengthens baby’s neck and back muscles, which apparently means he can move away from anything that might be smothering him.
2. Strong muscles also mean they can roll over, sit, crawl and walk
3. It helps his head become round – sounds funny but too much time on his back and he’ll get flat bits…Reuben is in danger of this, he luuuurves his back.
More over, my health visitor told me that if babies don’t do plenty of tummy time, their development will be stunted! [she told me this while praising a baby younger than Reuben for his amazing tummy time skills. Some babies just like it alright. And, I know first hand that some babies are sturdier than others and therefore take to tummy time much quicker than others. So there. I've got your back Reuben... no pun intended]
I’ve looked into this further, because I couldn’t remember what she said, but basically babies who aren’t regularly put on their tummy (and apparently only 22% of babies are!) are delayed in “reaching important developmental milestones such as crawling and walking,” according to Peta Smith, vice chair of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (source: BBC News). She says, babies placed on their tummy become aware of their surroundings, body and movement sooner.
So, Reubster, it’s time to find ways to help you enjoy that thing you hate…