Unfortunately these days our babies spend way too much time in carriers, car seats, highchairs and strollers! It’s important to let babies and toddlers explore the world around them. Teaching them to engage in a wide range of physical activities is important for their strength, balance and co-ordination.
As your baby grows into a toddler, “tummy time” may no longer be applicable. However there are a few ways to stimulate his postural muscles to help development and improve brain function!
Here are a few ideas:
- Regularly tickle their back
- Write letters and numbers on their back in the bath
- Play on all fours (pretend to be wild animals)
- Encourage hand-stands and cart-wheels
- Use hula-hoops
- Rub the back of their necks along their hairline
- Play on jungle gyms, slides, or balance beams
- Try jumping games like hopscotch or jumping jacks
- Play on the floor with everyone lying on their tummy
(Reference: Ticklish by Dr Jennifer Barham-Floreani)