When my son was a baby, he wasn’t a fan of time on his tummy, and always preferred chilling out on his back, checking out the wonder that was his mobile. I tried to encourage it, and eventually he became more content and comfortable to lie on his stomach.
If your baby is reluctant to spend time on his tum, or if you’re pregnant and looking for a product to promote this, then have a look at the Clevamama ClevaTummy Playmat, designed to make tummy time more comfortable and enjoyable.
It’s made with Clevafoam, and moulds to the natural shape of your baby’s body. If your baby needs a rest, you can place them on their back knowing that they are being supported by ClevaFoam™ which is clinically proven to increase support by up to 80% and decreases pressure by up to 50%.
You can also add toys to the mat using the loop-on pillow and by gradually introducing the toys, it can make tummy time more fun while stimulating their fine motor skills such as hand-eye co-ordination, and their ability to pick up small items.
The ClevaTummy playmat costs about R455, and is available from Baby City, Baby Boom and Toys-R-Us.
The importance of tummy time
- It allows your baby to develop their neck muscles for good head control
- It also helps baby strengthen neck, shoulder, arm and torso muscles
- It encourages gross motor skills such as pushing up, rolling over, sitting up and crawling when the time comes.
- It develops fine motor skills, for example reaching out and grasping a toy.