I keep getting so many questions about tummy time Ever since the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all infants sleep only on their backs (to reduce the chance of SIDS), parents forget or are afraid to put their baby's on their tummies. Tummy time is important to help reduce the incidence of head flattening as well as to give your baby time to develop different muscle groups.
Tummy time is encouraged from the first days after a baby's birth, but so many parents ask, just how much time? Tummy time does not mean timed in the sense that you do it for a certain amount of time or minutes a day. Tummy time, is not rigid.....it is flexible. Off and on throughout the day when your baby is awake, you let them experience tummy time.
Just like so many activities with a newborn, sometimes tummy time is for only a minute or two before the baby starts to fuss or cry. Other times an infant may enjoy their tummies for 10- 20 minutes before they are ready for a change.
At other times you put the baby on their tummy, they settle down and then decide to fall asleep. Keep in mind, you MUST turn them over, even if you are watching them. Remember, NO TUMMY sleeping until your child rolls over on their own.
So, many parents come in during the first days to weeks after their baby's birth with not only feeding charts, but pee and poop charts and graphs of tummy time down to the minutes. It is really not necessary to graph the amount of tummy time your baby gets, just make sure you remember to do it.
As your baby gets older, they typically enjoy their tummies for longer periods of time and ar
Did the time change and falling back allow you and extra hour of sleep or did your children awaken at their usual hour? I expect that many parents were up an hour earlier than they wanted to be, the only difference being that it was light outside at 6:30 a.m.
It is hard to explain to a toddler or pre-schooler that it is not really 7:00 a.m. any more! Their biological clocks awaken them, and they are ready for breakfast. Children need routine bedtimes and typically awaken at around the same time everyday, at least until they are adolescents, when they want to sleep during the day and stay up half the night.
Many children will have some difficulty adjusting to the time change and it may take several weeks to get back to a normal routine. The key is to try and stay on the same schedule and let their clocks slowly re-adjust.
Bedtime may be harder for a few days as well. Since it will be getting darker earlier, some children will be worn out and cranky and it will only be 6:00 p.m. You may need to have an earlier bath and story time for a while and put them to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual as well.
Don't despair, it doesn't take that long before your child's circadian rhythms will be on standard time and you won't find yourself making pancakes an hour before you wanted to.
For us adults, our brains have to adjust as well, we may be going to work in the morning light, but it will be really dark for the drive home. I think bedtime may be a bit earlier for me for a week or two as well!