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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 for many sensory and motor skills that serve us throughout life. Babies are learning how to move their bodies outside of the womb, and in doing so, learning how to negotiate the force of gravity by weight shifting. Tummy time is not only physical exercise, but also engages the autonomic nervous system, as well as, social nervous system. Tummy Time is often part of the solution for babies that have head preferences, or babies who are developing flat areas on their heads. By strengthening neck muscles, and learning how to yield into gravity for rest and repair time, the cranium is able to rebalance and find more optimal positioning, while the nervous system is able to practice self regulation.
Join Us For Tummy Time
We hold class on Yoga Mats on floor, which is ideal for babies. Please bring your own yoga mat, or two. Some caregivers like to double up on mats. 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: 1650 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland