Why Your Baby Needs Tummy Time

As a new parent or parent-to-be you will probably hear about tummy time, but you may not understand why it is so important. Let me talk to you about some of the huge benefits tummy time has for your baby, and why you should do it. I also have a super cute tummy time toy to show you from the ever popular brand Galt.

What is tummy time?

Tummy time is when you place your infant onto their tummy (with their forearms in front of them, taking their weight) for a period of time during playtime. It can be done from birth and the aim of tummy time is to strengthen the muscles in your baby’s head, neck and back. You should start tummy time from birth for just 1 minute at a time, and gradually extend the period of time spent on their tummy as they get older. Doing this a few times a day will really strengthen their upper body muscles.

You should only ever place your newborn baby on their tummy when they are awake, and on a flat surface on the floor. As your baby gets older, you can place toys in front of them to play with, or use a simple and safe tummy time aid. Why not join your baby on the floor with your baby, to share toys and books and chat to your baby. Tummy time is the perfect way to bond and play during their waking hours.

If your baby really doesn’t like being on the floor, you can have tummy time with your baby laid safely across your lap. Do keep trying them on the floor though, as they will soon start to enjoy playing in this way.

Why should you give your baby tummy time?

There are many benefits to your child spending time playing on their tummy, even from birth. I mentioned above that tummy time strengthens the muscles in your baby’s head, neck and back but there are many other reasons why you should give your baby tummy time each day.

  • It will help your baby reach their key milestones, such as crawling and walking. This is due to those nice strong muscles developed from playing on their tummy.
  • Improves head control.
  • Helps baby learn how to roll.
  • Prevents flat head syndrome.
  • Reduces gas and constipation.
  • Helps to develop hand-eye coordination.
  • Stretches and develops hip muscles

Toys to help aid tummy time

Your baby may benefit from some toys to play with during tummy time. Toys are brilliant to keep baby happy during tummy time, and as your baby learns how to reach and grasp, toys will help their hand-eye coordination and make tummy time more fun. Tummy time never needs to be boring!

We love the Tummytime Ted by Galt. Jimmy has really taken a shine to this toy and it keeps him happy for ages. I’ll be honest, Jimmy hated tummy time and really panicked when placed onto his tummy. We got our hands on the Tummytime Ted to see if a product such as this would make a difference to Jimmy’s enjoyment of tummy time. It worked!

Tummytime Ted by Galt

Suitable from birth, Tummytime Ted is a support ‘cushion’ that is placed under your baby’s chest. It raises their chest, neck and head off of the floor so baby doesn’t feel so close to the ground- the common cause of tummy time panic!

This tummy time toy is super soft, machine washable (THANK YOU!), Features lots of different materials, textures and even rattles and comes with 3 detachable super-cute picnic themed toys. An all round perfected tummy time toy. Teddy Bears Picnic, anyone?

Jimmy loved the rattle located in the apple. He found Ted’s ears fun to chew too. Tummytime Ted is a perfect size. Jimmy is 5 months old now, and just starting to sit by himself but he loves tummy time now that he has something close to his grasp to play with.

There is no hard set-up for Tummytime Ted. Simply blow up the inflatable cushion (like a beach ball) and slip into the fabric cover. That’s it! Place your baby onto the cushion with their chest on top of Ted’s face, with their arms reaching outwards. I recommend getting down on the floor with your baby, and encourage play with the sensory toys.

Tummytime Ted has beautiful bright and vibrant colours and different textures. Ted himself has a soft furry face and hands, with cute 3D ears! Jimmy loves sucking on Ted’s ears, making a soggy Ted!

Jimmy also loves playing with Tummytime Ted while sat on the sofa. Ted can be placed across your child’s lap for fun play sitting up. We’ve also had Ted placed on the Bumbo tray! A versatile toy, that is perfect for tummy time play, but also great for when baby wants to sit.

The Tummytime Ted can easily be deflated and folded flat. Perfect for storage, or packing into a bag when traveling. With no complicated set up, just a breath of air, Tummytime Ted can be ready for play within moments!

Jimmy has Syndactyly, but that doesn’t stop him from playing with Tummytime Ted!

Where to buy

Tummytime Ted is available from the Galt website and is £15.99

Orchard Toys Look And Find Puzzle Review

Ahh man! I have been terrible at posting daily this week. The half term holidays caught up with me (I was doing so well!) and cabin fever set in. We’ve spent the last few days playing outside, avoiding the TV and laptop. It was sunny outside though… and we had fun! I can certainly feel that Spring is just around the corner. How exciting!

So, Board Game Week has turned into ‘Board Game Whenever-I-Can-Post’ Days. After nearly 6 years of blogging, you would have thought that I would be better at time management. Anyways, Shall we continue?

Orchard Toys are a well known games brand in our house. The kids have a few epic games from Orchard Toys (Veg Patch Match, Shopping List, Tell The Time- to name a few) on the shelf, but we recently discovered the wonderful Look And Find puzzle range by Orchard Toys. How exciting!

What’s in the box?

Firstly, the box looks amazing! It’s bright and colourful and catches the eye of any curious toddler. The illustrations are just adorable!

Inside the box was 2 fun puzzles to complete. Each puzzle is just 10 pieces, so is a nice and easy puzzle for young children. The aim of this product is for both puzzles to be completed together. Lay the puzzles next to each other and discuss what can be seen between the 2 puzzles. We took our time spotting all of the matching illustrations and then I played eye-spy with simple phonics. When complete, the puzzles measure approximately 21cm x 30cm.

I really like that there is no extra packaging within the box. It’s just the puzzle pieces- that’s it! No nasty plastic to open and throw in the bin, unlike most puzzles available to buy these days. The box and puzzle pieces are made from a thick cardboard, so totally recyclable (not that you would want to bin this fabulous little puzzle) and has no lasting effect on the planet.

Who’s it for?

The Look And Find puzzles are aimed at children aged 3+, but my 2 year old surprised me greatly and played very well with the puzzle. I know that she enjoys puzzles at nursery, but rarely does she ever ask to play with one at home. I sat with her and helped her get the jist of the puzzle. We discussed how she needed to divide up the puzzle pieces by colour, as there are 2 puzzles to complete. I then helped her (just a little) to put the puzzles together. She didn’t take long to get it and once her confidence was built, she managed perfectly well on her own.

My other daughter who is 4 years old has loved this puzzle lots too. In fact, it seems to have been in constant use for the last 4 days. She’s played with it much more than my 2 year old has. I think 4 years is the perfect age to be playing with this kind of puzzle. She has even requested another one for her birthday, which in a few months time!

Why play with puzzles?

There are lots of benefits to playing with puzzles at such a young age. Taking time to sit with your child and put a puzzle together is not only a load of fun for you both but you will be seriously helping their mental and physical development. Here are just a few reasons why puzzles are great for preschoolers:

  • Help with their hand-eye coordination skills
  • Boost shape sorting abilities
  • Develops memory and problem solving skills
  • Gets you talking and developing your child’s speech
  • Encourages observational skills
  • Gets children understanding pattern recognition
  • Teaches patience
  • It’s the perfect time to bond!

Final thoughts

I really think that Orchard Toys have excelled in creating puzzles for preschoolers. The box is a good size, not too big nor small. The illustrations are beautiful, clear and eye-catching too. The puzzle pieces are made of a strong thick card, made to withstand the rough and tough play of toddlerhood. The concept itself, of 2 puzzles that can be put together and talked about is such a wonderful idea. Honestly, I cannot think of one negative point about this Look And Find puzzle! Well done Orchard Toys, you’ve created yet another amazing product.

There are 4 all-new puzzles in the Look And Find range, each with an RRP of £8.00. They are available to buy directly from the Orchard Toys website– along with lots of other fun and addictive games for the whole family!

** I have been gifted this puzzle from the lovely people at Orchard Toys, in exchange for this honest review. All opinions made are my own.**