From as early as birth onward tummy time is one of the most important activities for babies to develop core strength and balance. This is in preparation for rolling over and eventually crawling. It can also help to prevent head-flattening which can happen if a baby is laid on their backs for too long at a time. It is recommended by the National Childbirth Trust and others that a baby has a session laying on their tummy for around 5 minutes 2-3 times a day. Although this sounds like no time at all, it can be tricky to find the right time to engage in tummy time when baby has to be alert, not recently fed and happy – especially when they nap every 2 hours! It really is important though! I make sure Isaac does it in preference to some other activities if necessary.

Like many babies, Isaac can find tummy time quite hard and therefore can get a little grumpy with it. I have to mix it up each time in order to keep him engaged and, depending on how he is feeling, I vary the difficulty with different supports.

It certainly is the case that tummy time can feel like ‘torture’, particularly if baby has no fun distractions like toys or a fun mat to look at and play with. No wonder so many parents find it stressful and therefore one of the first things to knock off the to-do list each day!

Top tummy time purchases!

In order to engage Isaac more, I have bought 3 items for tummy time which I am thrilled with. First, the specially designed tummy time cushion. This gave him good support in the early weeks. It has accessories like a rattle, a cuddly toy and a teether to keep Isaac amused.

Isaac loves the support of this specially designed tummy time cushion

When he got a little older and stronger, I bought him a water mat. This is awesome as it has floating sea animals inside which he can press with his hands (or I sit opposite him and move it around myself). Another fantastic purchase!

Enjoying the sensation of the water and the fishes swimming about!

It certainly is the case that tummy time can feel like ‘torture’, particularly if baby has no fun distractions like toys or a fun mat to look at and play with. No wonder so many parents find it stressful and therefore one of the first things to knock off the to-do list each day!

My most recent purchase was the Baby Einstein Glow and Discover Light Bar Activity Station. Isaac has had this just two days and he absolutely loves it! It is by far the most interactive toy he has to date. It encourages him to reach his arms out to press the buttons and make tunes or hear animal names and colours. This item is very future-proof as it can be adapted for use when baby is sitting.

Loving his new light bar! Isaac now happily stays on his tummy for at least 10 minutes at a time!

Tummy time has truly become a treat!

Since buying these items, Isaac has begun to see tummy time as more of a ‘treat’. (It certainly is a treat for me seeing him get stronger and closer to meeting key milestones like rolling over and pushing up).

A simple ‘no thrills’ tummy time with a blanket is great when baby is in a good mood and can make them feel successful when scaffolds such as the cushion can be removed.

How did you get on with my recommended products? Do you have any recommended products of your own to make this activity more enjoyable?