Leslie Cordero, DPT, a physical therapist at the Pineville office of Child and Family Development, recently returned to work from maternity leave after having a baby in July. Becoming a mom gives her a new found perspective that she shares here:
“When you are a new parent, there are so many new worries such as, checking his breathing in the crib at night every hour, cleaning up a new spit up three hours after eating a bottle, wondering which lotion is the best to use on his face for eczema‚Ä¶ the list goes on and on.
As a physical therapist, one of my main focuses was to ensure that my child‚Äôs head did not become flat in the back and that he got enough tummy time. I came up with a rule for tummy time that works in our house. We started this routine on day #3, when we got home from the hospital!
TUMMY TIME TIP: After each diaper change, typically before a bottle, I would place our baby on his stomach on the floor or over a boppy pillow for 5 minutes. He may not lift his head off the floor the entire 5 minute period, but at least he was getting some time off of the back of his head. Also, when napping right beside me, I would place him on his stomach. I found these tactics to work and now he doesn‚Äôt mind being on his stomach.
Most babies, including mine, spend most of the day on their backs in a swing, car seat or crib. It is hard to commit to the tummy time routine. If your child spits up after eating, it is almost impossible.
I hope this TUMMY TIME TIP helps your family get into a good routine with tummy time.
I am always excited to watch my son grow and meet developmental milestones. Let me know if I can help your family!”