Moms know it’s important to put baby on their back to sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “it’s also important to make sure that as [baby] gets older, he gets some tummy time.”
Tummy time helps strengthen neck muscles, which is good for giving baby the strength they need to lift their little heads, and to push up, roll over, and crawl later on. It also helps to eliminate the pesky flat spot that can develop when newborns lay on their backs too long.
But not all babies love tummy time, and it can be a bit tedious for mom. Thankfully, there is a treasure trove of products for moms who are seeking tummy time help.
Products for Tummy Time Activities
THE PERFECT TUMMY TIME PILLOWS
The Comfort & Harmony LoungeBuddy is a positioning pillow for baby. It has a recessed well that cradles baby’s belly during tummy time. It’s easy to move from room to room, so you can get things done while your baby gets some needed tummy time. Taggies (soft, textured tags) that are included on this pillow help to keep baby more engaged during tummy time. It’s soft and comfortable, machine washable, and cute! Plus, it grows with baby, becoming a great positioner for lounging and sitting up as they get older.
A different take on the positioning pillow is the Baby Einstein Rhythm of the Reef Prop Pillow. It’s a soft, brightly colored tube that supports little ones when lying on their tummies. It’s also electronic, playing classic melodies and fun sounds to entertain baby. Tactile features, including a mirror, crinkle leaves, a teether, and textured fabrics are added to engage them in play.
“There is a treasure trove of products for moms that are seeking tummy time tips.”
TUMMY TIME – MEET PLAYTIME
For babies who aren’t content with tummy time, a little more stimulation might be required. Play mats are a perfect solution, and there are many to choose from.
Bright Starts Lights and Giggles Activity Gym: Along with a comfy prop pillow, this play mat entertains baby with a light show. Colorful lights dance and glow through a jungle-printed canopy, along with 20+ minutes of playtime tunes and nature sounds. It also includes seven engaging toys, such as a mirror, crunchy fabrics, and teethers.
Comfort & Harmony Enchanted Elephants Activity Gym: This plush and cozy elephant is more like a cushion, giving a soft surface for baby’s belly and a little prop by way of the elephant’s head. It also has a removable activity center to engage fidgety little ones during tummy time stretches. It includes lights, music, and several toys to keep your baby interested.
Bright Starts Jungle Discovery Gym: This bright and playful mat is highlighted not only by its color palette, but also by its fun and oversized toys. While baby lies for tummy time, he can play with several toys that dangle across a bar, including a monkey holding a spinner ball that plays silly sounds and melodies. Like many of these mats, it grows with your baby, becoming a great mat for sit-and-play time.
“This is an awesome activity gym for a little one. I like that your child is able to have tummy time and [is] able to play with the toys attached!” — Kasi, mom and Bright Starts Jungle Discovery Gym owner*