American Academy of Pediatrics

Research from America followed 350 babies from birth to walking. This showed that babies who spend time on their tummies are able to roll over, sit up, creep, crawl and pull themselves up to standing significantly earlier than babies who remain on their backs.
The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommends that babies sleep on their backs but spend wakeful time on their tummies. “Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play” is their message.
The five reasons they give for encouraging babies to spend waking time on their tummies are;
1. It helps strengthen the baby’s neck, back and trunk muscles. Babies need strong muscle groups in order to sit, crawl and walk.
2. Tummy time will help avoid flathead syndrome known as positional plagiocephaly
3. Babies who spend time on their tummies explore their world by rotating their head and rotating their bodies in different positions. This may ultimately help with cognitive development.
4. Tummy time assists visual development as the baby learns to track movement and focus on objects.
5. Babies who spend time on their tummies are less likely to develop torticollis whereby the neck muscles tighten and pull the head in a specific direction.

Here’s some other good reasons why babies should spend time on their tummies.

1. Lifting up from the floor in this way stretches open the baby’s chest allowing the baby to breathe deeper and take more oxygen for less effort. Improved functioning for both the baby’s lungs and heart.
2. Simultaneously while lifting up from the floor the baby stretches and relaxes their tummy to improve the baby’s digestive rhythm as well as their general disposition.
3. Making ‘friends with gravity’ in early infancy plants the seeds of good posture for later adult life. It gives strength to the muscles that lift the spine and pull the shoulders back.
A strength that the baby cannot obtain in any other natural phase of their development.   Peter Walker

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Peter Walker
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PETER specialises in supporting parent and child relationships and the well-being and fitness of mothers and babies, and especially those babies and children with developmental delay. His certificated Teacher Training Courses in Developmental Baby Massage for professionals working with mothers and babies are given throughout the UK and abroad. These courses attract midwives, health visitors, neonatal nurses and all other therapists working with families and mothers and babies. A pioneer of Developmental Baby Massage and YogaGym from the 1980s onwards. Peter is credited as the original NHS baby massage teacher trainer who’s teacher training resulted in baby massage being offered free to parents in health centres and clinics throughout the United Kingdom. The leading international trainer for Developmental Baby Massage with over 40 years of group teaching experience Peter currently has over 18,000 teachers or more the world over, teaching Developmental Baby Massage. Background Peter has studied yoga and experiential anatomy from the early ‘80’s with his friend and teacher Arthur Balaskas. He worked with a group practicing ‘Psycho- Gymnastics’ and ‘Re- Birthing’ for some ten years under the supervision of R.D. Laing psychiatrist, musician, poet and author and a founder of the Philadelphia Association in London. Peter introduced yoga and massage into a number of Dr. Laing’s therapeutic communities and from the mid-eighties onwards has taught Developmental Baby Massage and Soft Post-Natal Yoga to mothers and babies. Peter teaches a variety of techniques to parents with babies with additional needs - stiffness - floppyness and developmental delay. Peter has made numerous television appearances and has featured in documentaries and breakfast shows on all the UK’s major channels. He's given talks on BBC Radio One, Woman’s Radio, Radio Wales and various other radio stations, and has had articles featured in Woman, Cosmopolitan, Harpers & Queen, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Japan Times and Australia’s Natural Parenting magazine and many other national publications including most UK ‘mother and baby’ periodicals. His books, sell worldwide and include: Baby Gymnastics with Arthur Balaskas (Unwin) Baby Relax (Unwin) Going for Gold [with DaleyThompson] (Unwin) Natural Parenting (Gaia) The Book of Massage (Gaia) Baby Massage (Piatkus) Hop, Skip and Jump [Gymnastics for Children] (Carroll and Brown) Developmental Baby Massage (Carroll and Brown, Octopus 2014 Sharing Pregnancy E Book 2012 Peter has also made the following films: Baby Massage Step 1 2 and 3 (Little Venice Films) Massage and Movement: Birth to Three Years Sharing Pregnancy [A Unique Film for Fathers] DVD Developmental Baby Massage, DVD Soft Baby Yoga, DVD YogaGym, DVD Stretching Together, DVD Peter works worldwide throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. For more detailed information about his teacher training courses See For advice / treatments Email

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