Tummy time is an important part of a baby’s development as it helps strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles and prepares them for rolling over, crawling, and eventually walking. In the Montessori approach, tummy time is seen as an opportunity for a baby to explore their environment from a different perspective.
Here are some tips for incorporating the Montessori approach to tummy time with your baby
Begin tummy time as early as possible, ideally within the first few weeks of your baby’s life. Start with just a few minutes at a time and gradually increase the duration as your baby becomes more comfortable.
Create a safe and comfortable space
Choose a soft and supportive surface, such as a thick blanket or a padded play mat, and make sure the area is free from any hazards or distractions. Position your baby on their tummy with their arms and legs free to move.
Use toys and objects to engage your baby
Place age-appropriate toys and objects in front of your baby to encourage them to lift their head and look around. Avoid overstimulating your baby with too many toys or bright colors.
Observe and follow your baby’s lead
Watch your baby’s cues and respond to their needs. If your baby becomes upset or frustrated, gently move them onto their back and try again later.
Incorporate tummy time into your daily routine
Aim for at least three sessions of tummy time per day, each lasting several minutes. Gradually increase the duration as your baby becomes more comfortable.
Remember that tummy time should always be supervised and that every baby develops at their own pace. By incorporating the Montessori approach to tummy time, you can help your baby develop important physical and cognitive skills while fostering a sense of independence and exploration.