What’s squirmy and happy and learning more than the average university student? Your baby during tummy time!
Why Use a Baby Activity Gym or Playmat?
Baby play mats and baby activity gyms are great for entertaining baby with lots of things to see, to feel and hear. Commonly used during tummy time because these toys help infants to develop in the following ways:
Cognitive benefits: Sometime between the age of 6 weeks to 4 months, babies begin to understand cause and effect by interacting with dangling toys, buttons and other distractions on kids floor mats and activity gyms.
Visual perception: When humans are first born, they can only see a few inches in front of them. Contrasting colours on activity gyms for babies get their attention and teaches depth perception.
Dexterity: An activity gym for baby also teaches little ones to control their hands and feet while reaching and grasping toys. Around month six, children will also begin to develop hand-eye coordination on kids floor mats.
Gross motor benefits: Babies increase muscle by playing on a baby floor mat.
How To Keep Baby Safe During Tummy Time
There are a few things parents should do to ensure your babies stay safe during tummy time. It is recommended that you keep your eyes on the baby at all times, but it's not realistic. You have to clean the house, warm bottles, cook and do the laundry while baby is happy on the kids floor mats. So, here are a few pointers:
Baby proof electrical outlets: A few rolls and baby could be in a dangerous situation near an electrical outlet, so make certain they are covered.
Provide a good floor mat if one does not come with the activity gym for baby: Foam tiles are perfect in combination with activity gyms for newborns. Foam tiles are thicker than blankets and provide more support to the child's spine. Foam tiles will also stay in place when the baby moves.
Block off stairways: Ideally, babies should only crawl and use the baby floor mat downstairs. If that's not possible, use baby gates to block the stairwell while using a playmat.
Investing in a baby play mat or activity gym should be high on any parent's priority list. They are absolute value of money and time (cos sometimes you just need a coffee break!)