Does anyone else’s child cry through tummy-time? At our previous visit the paediatrician suggested that I put Scout down on different surfaces to begin developing her fine-motor skills. She also said to increase the amount of time that Scout spends on her tummy to help with her development. Tummy time is good for strengthening the back and neck and for baby being able to feel different surfaces at this stage. In all honesty, I’d been neglecting tummy time because Scout was screaming through the extended time; how I’ve started working around it is that I now break up the sessions and have three to four sessions a day, lasting an average of six minutes each. I also lay down on my back when she’s fussy and put her on my chest, which the paed said also counts as time spent. I’m being sure to keep to the routine of tummy time, which is spread between naps, because I know it is good for her development; I make sure to give her a long, deep cuddle afterwards to calm her distress and wipe her (and sometimes my) tears away.
I recently wrote a post about Scout co-sleeping with us. She spent more nights in her own bed in week nine, which was a relief to me as I was allowed to get better sleep. It’s difficult having your baby in your bed because you are more aware of her being there and it can have you feeling more tired than usual the following day. I also found that she began napping a little better this week, which made it possible to re-establish her routine where she sleeps for two to three hours and plays, feeds and ‘chats’ for an average of two hours between naps.
(Should I do a post on sleeping and establishing a routine? Let me know in the comments section if that will be useful.)
The most notable development this week was Scout finding her face and mouth with her hands. She places her hands in her mouth and sucks on her fists and fingers, which is proving to be a really enjoyable experience for her. She’s also coos long enough to have a full ‘conversation’ with mom and is always ready with a smile. It really is precious watching my little baby discover new things and we are always ready to praise her when she’s done something new. Continuous encouragement, I have read, creates a positive environment for them to learn and develop in, so we are happy to create that space for her.
This week playtime included:
- Time on the play mat, which was placed on the floor.
- Song and rhythm.
- “I ride my little bicycle”.
- Holding objects nearer as she improves gesturing for them.
- Time alone (on the floor or in her crib) for as long as she was content. Wesley started doing this and it showed me that she did not need my attention the entire time, relieving me to cook with her nearby.
- Biting and chewing on mom’s fingers (and her own).
I believe that the progress we are seeing is a result of her having started a new leap just over a week prior; all that’s new is a result of her brain development and I am happy that we are able to stimulate and support her development by engaging her on a daily basis. Is it tiring? Of course it is! But I use her waking moments to spend time with her and her nap times to see to my needs as well as that of the household. Wesley’s involvement in her parenting also makes a big difference as his way of doing things often shows me that some of it can be a little easier and I am never short of appreciation for his help and support.
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