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When should babies start floor time?

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Free the Babies – When should babies start floor time?

It’s important babies start floor time from an early age. Babies are raised in a world full of capsules, prams, swings, bouncers, hammocks, docks… the list is endless. More and more parents look for items to support, hold, and comfort children that it is preventing children from simply lying on the floor to play.

Children who spend most of their day in angled seats or swings are missing the valuable opportunity to stretch, play and work on their gross motor skills. Babies need the opportunity to stretch out and explore their physical world right from the newborn stage.

Let’s learn more about the benefits of baby floor time!

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Benefits of Floor Time

Growth of the Skull: 

Your baby may spend plenty of time lying down in the swing or in their bassinet or cot on their back. Spending time on the floor, encouraging the baby to move head from side to side and providing lots of opportunity for tummy time is important. A change in posture, such as tummy time, will enable the head to form into a natural shape.

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Alleviates Gas Pain:

Parents are far too familiar with their baby’s toilet routines, and gas is an unfortunate occurrence at times. Being gassy is both expected and safe. The issue is, of course, sometimes babies need some help moving the gas along. Tummy time, can help as it places gentle pressure on the tummy which can alleviate gas. Lying on the back and allowing the baby to move and kick their legs can also help move gas along.

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Spatial Intelligence: 

Allowing your child to feel the floor and play on it will help him or her develop spatial awareness. The child will appreciate and learn to recognize the environment better and gradually as they become older will be mindful of barriers such as tables, couches, or stairs.

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Balancing Act: 

Your child can learn to balance while lying on the floor. It is a natural phenomenon for your baby to turn sideways, backward, or upwards when lying on his tummy or back.

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When to start floor time:

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tummy time can begin when your baby is a newborn. Begin by putting the baby belly down on your chest or over your lap for a few minutes to get them used to the pose. Only don’t do it right after a feeding because the pressure on their full belly can cause them to spit up. You can do so while they are most awake and alert, such as after a diaper change or nap.

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Ideas to help babies start floor time

  • Get down on your belly with your face next to your baby’s face while he’s on his tummy.
  • Make silly gestures, coo, and other sounds to your baby.
  • Encourage your baby to grab for you with one hand at tummy time.
  • Also, inspire your baby to reach for you.
  • Choose toys about level with the floor to entertain and inspire your baby when he or she is on the floor. This allows your baby to reach out and explore the toy.
  • Toys that light up and make noise when touched are the best for keeping your baby’s attention and desire to reach for the toy and play with it.

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When to pick up the baby:

When your baby exhibits cues like yawning, looks away from your face or the toy, or can no longer support himself when raising his head straight off the floor, remove them from floor play. If your baby is repeatedly distressed and continues to be continues to be upset when doing tummy time, ensure you seek support from a health professional.

 

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Baby Nicknames

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Did you have a baby nicknames for your little one when you were pregnant?

With babies? Or with your little people? I must admit I used the Resume Test when we named our children… pretending that they had to fill out an application or go for a high-profile job. So our children have a formal first name which are all family names, with tonnes of scope for nicknames as we aren’t really formal people. And the baby nicknames started right from pregnancy.

We had surprises so we needed baby nicknames

With all three of our pregnancies, we did not find out our babies’ gender until they entered the world. I wasn’t a huge fan of referring to our little ones as “It” when I was pregnant so naturally a whole list of baby nicknames emerged.

Frederick aka Freddy our first child was called Jellybean, I’m not sure how it started but he kept this nickname all through pregnancy. However, once he came out all roly poly and delicious a couple of new nicknames emerged. The two I remember most were Bear Cub and Man Cub (yes, it’s a reference to the Jungle Book). Finally, these days he gets Freddy, Fred Bear, Freddo Frog and just plain Fred.

Freddy

Patrick also had nicknames during pregnancy. With him I called him Little One a lot but he also got Jellybean and Munchkin as well. All pregnancy I was convinced we were having a boy so we had to put a lot of time into choosing a boys name as we’d already used our fave. What got us over the line with Patrick was our love of the nickname PJ. So Patrick Jackson became PJ, Peej, Peejy Parker (no idea where this came from), and Peaches.

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Ruby, is still really new to this world. Again she got jellybean, but I also just referred to her as little baby throughout the pregnancy as she felt smaller. Already she gets Baby Girl, Big Girl, Ruby Rubes and the other day one of her brothers accidentally called her Ruby Boobie. Hopefully that one doesn’t stick.

Baby nicknames

Whether your baby’s nickname was Munchkin, Bear or Baby Bear, we’d love to hear what nicknames you used. Tag us on Instagram (freddy.and.co) and share your nicknames.

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Free the Babies – When should babies start floor time? It’s important babies start floor time from an early age. Babies are raised in a world full of capsules, prams, swings, bouncers, hammocks, docks… the list is endless. More and more parents look for items to support, hold, and comfort children that it is preventing […]

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