Recommended Best Toys For Tummy Time
Struggling to get baby to love tummy time? You ought to try my recommended best toys for tummy time! I have been there with my 2 little ones and I know how you can transform tummy time from a crying session into a laughing session!
Follow my tummy time tips and tricks to get baby to like being on their front. Throughout this post I will be giving product recommendations based on my own experience. This will help you see what works well and what does not! Remember tummy time is the best way to strengthen baby’s neck and back muscles in preparation for crawling. There are some steps you can do right from birth to make things easier!
When do babies start tummy time?
People always ask me when do babies start tummy time! I always give the same answer, as soon as they are born! I get some strange looks because people interpret tummy time differently. Obviously I do not mean to set a newborn baby on their front on a cushioned mat on the middle of the floor! No I mean for you to nurse baby over your knee on their front! Yep this simple winding action actually gets baby used to being on their front and will help massively whenever you come to putting them on their tummy on the floor alone!
What are the best toys for tummy time?
The best toys for tummy time are an absolute essential way of making sure your baby has as much fun as possible while on their front! They make babies comfortable as well as stimulate them! I have used several mats for this in the past including the one that comes with the Fisher Price Kick Play Gym, which of course has lots of other great features! I have to say buying an activity gym that has it’s own mat is probably the best value for money.
Mats are definitely amongst the best toys for tummy time because let us face it who wants to set their baby on a hard floor. Sometimes I even put my mat on top of a towel or rug to make it even more cushioned and comfy for baby. There are lots of these available but if you do not want to buy one you can always use a clean bath towel. I have featured a few below. I like these because they are great for sensory play and stimulation due to the bright colors.
After you have sorted a tummy time mat you need to invest in some other small tummy time toys like mirrors and sensory toys for infants. Remember it is important to keep baby smiling and happy while on their front!
My Top 5 Tips For Tummy Time
- Do not attempt this when baby is tired or due a nap
- Do not attempt this when baby is hungry
- Do not attempt a short time after feeding especially if baby has reflux
- Start with only a few minutes at a time and build up gradually
- Make sure you use a comfortable tummy time mat and mirrors/toys for stimulation
If your baby has mastered tummy time and is approaching 6 months it might be time for some toys that promote crawling.