Make The Most Of Your Baby's Tummy Time!
By Carissa Tozzi
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that tummy time should begin the day your baby comes home from the hospital, and LOVEVERY designed this gym with tummy time and all the skill-building activities for your baby's first year of development in mind. The Gym has five activity zones that are designed purposefully to enhance your child's fine/gross/visual motor, sensory, language skills.
During the first 12 weeks of your baby's life, you can start building skills for reading. Having your child watching a moving object helps fine-tune visual tracking, a skill that is important for reading, writing, and hand-eye coordination. When your baby is alert, you can hold one of Lovevery's Black + White Cards about 12 inches from your baby's eyes and slowly move the image from left to right to help them practice following a moving object.
The minute a baby is able to hold objects they will want to put them in their mouth—and that's a good thing! Your baby’s oral sensations are more developed right now than those in any other part of his body. Studies show mouthing helps with speech development and also prepares your baby to open to different textures of food. Lovevery's mouthable accessories are made of 100% organic cotton, and every piece of wood that comes with The Play Gym is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
When your baby is sitting up on their own, they'll be able to focus with both eyes and look at features in images and faces. This is a great time to show your baby the Mirror Cards, Object Cards, and Body Part Cards, that are included with The Play Gym, so you can begin a conversation with your little one about the details they see.
There are also Exploring Colors Cards for when they're seeing colors, How Things Feel Cards with all these cute, textured ribbons for sensory fun, and A Making Sounds Zone when they are a little more dextrous and can explore cause and effect by pushing the squeakers and playing with the crinkle, and A Hiding and Finding Zone with pockets and a detachable ring so that your baby can reach and pull the ring or other objects out by themselves, which is a perfect early lesson in what child development experts call "object permanence".
What is also very special and incredibly helpful for new moms is that the Lovevery Play Gym comes with a Play Guide! There is a full year of ideas for how to play with your baby, backed by all the research you don’t have time to read!
As you know, all babies develop differently and Lovevery's play gym is useful for hitting so many important milestones whenever your baby is ready. But if you notice that your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with the way your child plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves talk to your child’s doctor and share your concerns.
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