What is Tummy Time?
Tummy Time has developed as a result of the Back to Sleep campaign that was implemented in 1992. Due to the accumulated amount of time infants are now spending laying on their backs for sleep, it is recommended that caregivers also offer plenty of opportunities for time spent on their tummy.
Tummy Time Classes are a fun way to help your baby find comfort and support being on his or her tummy, and also a great opportunity to allow babies to interact with other babies their age, and from parents and caregivers to find community.
Allowing time for babies to be on their tummies for play throughout the day is very important for their development during this crucial time of discovery. This class offers a chance to practice ways to be engaged with your baby in a meaningful and playful way, while they are awake and on their tummy. I was trained by Michelle Emanuel as a TummyTime! Method™ Tutor, and have taught multiple series since the spring of 2014.
Why Do Tummy Time?
Tummy time skills are the foundation of all sensory and motor skills throughout life. Baby is learning how to move his or her body outside of the womb and is learning to negotiate the force of gravity. Tummy time is not only physical but also engages the autonomic nervous system, as well as, social/emotional skills. Tummy Time is often the solution for babies that have head preferences, or misshapen heads. By strengthening the anterior neck muscles, the cranium is able to rebalance and find more optimal positioning.
Join Us For Tummy Time
In Oakland at Then Comes Baby, we hold class on Yoga Mats on a nice hardwood floor, which is ideal for babies. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat is you would prefer, but we do have mats available for the class. Please bring a receiving blanket for your baby to lay on, if you like. We will learn simple poses to help introduce tummy time to babies, who may not be enjoying it, or have not tried being on their tummy’s yet while offering other positions for babies that are already comfortable on their tummies. We will also learn some baby yoga moves and some baby massage techniques.
Location: Then Comes Baby, 3657 Grand Ave. in Oakland (view on map)