Ideal from 2 weeks old – 5 months old.
- Thursdays or Saturdays:
- Saturdays, January 21st – February 11th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
- Thursdays, February 16th – March 9th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
“The tummy time techniques I learned at Then Comes the Baby turned something that I dreaded doing with my baby to an enjoyable experience. I knew I was supposed to be doing tummy time with my son, but he always cried and fussed and we both hated it. I realized there were little tricks that made him so much happier on his tummy. Now he does tummy time everyday with no fuss. ” — Ashley and Baby Erez, Albany
Does your baby seem to hate ‘tummy time’? Or, does your baby seem to prefer to turn their neck to one side most of the time or have a bit of a flat head from back sleeping ? Do they have a history of tongue tie or problems with gas and reflux? Are you looking for techniques to help them?
Belly Babies, a TummyTime! class is a fun and supportive 4-week class series that expands your infants’ comfort with spending time on their belly, maximizes physical development to develop head control and head turning and in preparation for crawling, and increases self-soothing skills. Parents will learn how to move in and out of baby’s time on the tummy at a comfortable and successful pace.
During the series you will learn about infants’ range of comfort or discomfort while on their tummy, along with how to better understand and soothe your baby by connecting with them. A variety of positions and baby exercises and baby yoga are taught and practiced.
Practicing tummy time routinely will help prevent or improve head flattening due to back sleeping, and is helpful for some breastfeeding/ latching issues, neck weakness or turning problems (torticollis), digestion problems, or babies who don’t seem to like tummy time.
The class is limited to 8 babies so there is time for individual questions and attention when needed.
Medical and holistic experts agree that time on the tummy is necessary for preventing head flattening and delay of crawling and movement development. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that your baby begin tummy time right from birth (laid back on your check can work after birth!). They recommend 2-3 times/ day for 3-5 minutes, then gradually building up time.
Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/tummy-time/faq-20057755 ,