TUMMY TIME & BABYWEARING

The Nest's Noticings for the Week...

Favorite Product: We talked about lots of carriers today!!! We emphasized that the best carrier is the one that feels the best on your body because all of our bodies are different. The carriers that I see recommended most often by babywearing experts and pediatric OTs are: Ergo 360 (We also talked today about the new Omni 360 - Riley's mom Lauren looked it up and you CAN face baby both directions and don't need an insert! You can also cross the straps. Thanks for researching for us, Lauren!), Contours Love Carrier - no infant insert needed, can face both ways, Beco Gemini, Lille baby, Maya Ring Sling, Boba Wrap
Parenting Resource or Tip: www.TummyTimeMethod.com
Baby Signs to Use: Sleep, Bath
Baby Songs to Sing: Where is Thumbkin?, “This is the way we touch our nose, touch our nose, touch our nose. This is the way we touch our nose so early in the morning.” Practice with different body parts!
Developmental Tip: Babywearing is great for your baby for a number of reasons! One is that it helps to develop their vestibular system - the system in our body that helps us balance and move around well. :)

  

Today's Topic:  TUMMY TIME & BABYWEARING

Today we talked about Tummy Time Tips. Here is the link to the Tummy Time Method website. It sums up everything we talked about today! WHY tummy time is important, WHEN to do it, HOW to do it, HOW MUCH, WHAT to do when your baby doesn't like it, etc.!

We talked about baby positioners a little bit - bouncy chairs, the Bumbo, etc.! Here is a great article from Can Do Kiddo about the Bumbo and other baby seats that talks a little bit about what we talked about today. Here is another article (also from Can Do Kiddo) that helps explain when your baby is ready to use a baby seat or ready to learn to sit.

We also talked a little bit about Babywearing because it is a great way to supplement tummy time and exercises many of the same muscles! Here's an article from Dr. Sears that sums up the benefits of Babywearing that we briefly went over today. Here's another Can Do Kiddo article about Front Facing your kiddo - what to watch for and if it's okay! 

Here is a great graphic on leg/hip positioning for babies in carriers. 

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As you put your baby in their carrier, make sure that their bottom is supported. If you google, you can find tons of images of babies properly in carriers to see how their legs and hips should be positioned - pictures help! According to the Hip Dysplasia Institute: "The healthiest position for the hips is for the hips to fall or spread (naturally) apart to the side, with the thighs supported and the hips and knees bent. This position has been called the jockey position, straddle position, frog position, spread-squat position or human position. Free movement of the hips without forcing them together promotes natural hip development.