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At GymbaROO, BabyROO and KindyROO we can’t emphasise enough just how important tummy time is for your baby’s healthy development. Watch our free video on tummy time here.

Tummy time:

  • Strengthens neck, shoulder and arm muscles important for transferring weight from one arm to the other when reaching out, for moving forward on tummies and later for creeping on hands and knees.Baby doing tummy time with mum. Gymbaroo Babyroo Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos
  • Intergrates primitive reflexes, crucial for future learning and smooth coordinated movement.

The development of the strength in the muscles of the shoulder, neck, arms and legs and the primitive reflex responses help babies to start moving.  They will often swivel around on their tummies before they begin commando crawling forward.

Why commando crawling is important for development

  • While ‘commando’ or tummy crawling, infants learn to coordinate their bodies and limbs in preparation for creeping on hands and knees.
  • The arms, hands, feet and legs are strengthened as they learn to pull and push themselves along.Baby crawling on tummy Gymbaroo Babyroo Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos
  • As babies crawl along the floor, hundreds of touch and motion messages flow to the brain telling them about their bodies and where they are in space.
  • Commando crawling stimulates babies visual abilities as they change position relative to their world. They are leaning about space and time – how far is that toy and how long will it take me to get there?

How to encourage tummy time

  • As early as possible, lie your baby on his tummy for short periods of time while awake, to familiarise him with the position.
  • Lie her on your chest so that she will be encouraged to lift up her head and look at your face.baby doing tummy time with dad. BabyROO GymbaROO Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos
  • Lie your baby across your legs and stroke down his back.
  • Get down on the floor with your little one. Sing songs, talk to her and encourage her to lift her head to look at you. Baby doing tummy time with mum.Gymbaroo Babyroo Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos
  • Have a toy or mirror in front of your baby so that he is encouraged to look up. Baby doing tummy time. Gymbaroo Babyroo Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos
  • Place a small rolled up towel under your baby’s chest and arms. This gives her more support and encouragement to lift her head and push up on her arms. Baby doing tummy time Gymbaroo Babyroo Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos
  • Several short periods each day will quickly build the strength in your baby’s head, neck, shoulders and arms. As your baby gets stronger, she will be able to lie happily on her tummy for longer periods.Tummy time. Happy baby and mum at GymbaROO

Infants who are given lots of tummy time during the early months of development finds out about themselves and their world much more quickly than those who do not. It is on their tummies that babies will develop neck, back, arm, leg and eye muscles that will enable them to gain control over their body movements and get themselves moving forward along the developmental trajectory of life.  Watch Click here to watch our full free BabyROO video with loads of loving tummy time activities.

Preview of GymbaROO’s  tummy time video

I’ve been following “Let’s do BabyROO” on the videos doing one every few days. I’ve just noticed a huge difference in bub’s abilities. Especially tummy time! They are such a great reference tool because not only do you get the activity but the ‘why’ which is so important! It’s not only teaching bub but teaching me to! I feel more confident as a new mum. Thank you for this great resource. ParentBaby happy doing tummy timeGymbaroo Babyroo Active Babies Smart Kids free online videos

Dr Jane Williams (PhD, BMgt, RN(Paeds)) is the Research and Education General Manager for GymbaROO and KindyROO. Dr Williams is one of Australia’s leading experts on baby and child development. More on Dr Williams here.

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