Tales of Supervised Tummy Time

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

poppy looks a bit sad here because she just discovered that she has a double-chin
ything that eThis word 'fussy' is perhaps the most popular euphemism in American parenting vernacular.   Fussy is a lovely word to use because we aren't admitting that the baby is crying or wailing or misbehaving in any way.  Fussy could mean that the baby is making quiet, polite or similarly unoffensive noises.  It could also mean that the baby is making big noises with an impressive symphonic range.  'Fussy' is safe and fuzzy.

I get weekly emails from The Bump that include baby development tidbits based on how many weeks old Poppy is.  One of these emails recently brought up something that I dread: supervised tummy time. 

During tummy time, roll a small, soft ball in front of baby. Simply reaching and grabbing for it will help develop him hand-eye coordination. 

Tummy time must be supervised for the same reasons that prohibit you from placing your baby on his stomach in the crib.  This practice encourages babies to lift their heads, strengthening their neck and back muscles that they will need for sitting and crawling. 

Unfortunately, neither Poppy nor I are fans of supervised tummy time.  Whenever we do a session of STT I lay her face-down on the carpet, watch her squirm around like a fish out of water for about 2.5 minutes (which feels very mean).  At which point she gets very fussy.  I cave and pick her up by minute 4 or 5 because her fussyness has escalated to a level that gives me lots of anxiety (which is why I avoid doing STT). 

Dr. Dreiling is constantly lobbying for supervised tummy time:

Dr. Dreiling: 'So, how's the supervised tummy time coming along?'

me, smiling and nodding: 'Uh-huh, tummy time.  Yes.  All the time.'

here is Sophie La Giraffe; a toy that poppy has shown little interest in.


1 comment:

  1. No we want hand eye coordination! Think tennis !