Tuesday, 30 January 2007

A bit of excercise

I read somewhere that now babies start to crawl and walk much later than a few years ago. They say the reason for this delay is that now babies do not lay on their tummies (because of the risk of cot death) and thus do not exercise certain muscles and certain movements. In this article it was said that, if you want, you can turn the baby on her tummy while you are watching her so she can exercise this muscles. It strengthens, for example, their neck muscles helping them keep their head earlier. I turn ours every now and then, maybe once a day, on his tummy for a few minutes (or less if he complaints).


Anonymous slawebb said...

I think that the fear is the bigger problem. I let both of my infants sleep on their tummies. My first as soon as she could hold her head up and the second a couple of days after she was born. Both were walking at about a year-ish. Not too long ago they said that having a baby sleep on it's back caused crib death. hum. Well, both of mine sleep on their tummies. I think they sleep better when they are still infants because they don't startle themselves awake by those those things that flail when they move (arms.) Mine survived, you make the call.

31 January 2007 at 15:10  
Blogger Awesome Mom said...

I too had two tummy sleepers. I tried having them on the back but neither child did well. My first one also threw up a lot as he was getting tube feedings all night so I was more concerned about his breathing in the spit up.

Tummy time is very important and I was much more vigilant about making sure that #2 was turned over on the tummy at every chance I got. The physical therapist for #1 says that this is very key for helping then learn to sit up well on their own.

1 February 2007 at 05:42  
Blogger Farm Wife said...

My kids refused to sleep on their backs after they mastered turning their heads side to side. That meant from about 6 weeks on, they were all tummy sleepers. I know this makes me first in the running for "Bad Mommy of the Year" but they all crawled early and the youngest walked at 9 months. They also spent a good deal of time on their tummies during the day & I'm sure this helped. They were VERY strong for their ages.

3 February 2007 at 00:23  
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