Saturday, May 24, 2008

Tummy time (or lack thereof...)

So I will be the first to admit that I am not very good at putting Ainsley down on her tummy. She's supposed to be on her tummy at least once a day so that she can develop the appropriate neck strength and motor skills necessary for crawling, etc. Well, I haven't been very good at getting her down on her tummy in her jungle (a floor mat with all sorts of colors and toys). However, now that we've started doing it on a more regular basis (ie: at least once a day for the last three days), she holds her head up like a champ. You would think that we've been doing it consistently for the last two months with how good she's doing. It just goes to show that a child can overcome her parents' failings and fears.

She's also doing better at napping in either her swing or her crib. She's still not a fan of her bassinet (maybe it's because there isn't anything to look at in there). But I figure we ease our way into it--let her learn to love sleeping out of our arms--and she'll do much better than if we tried to go cold turkey. I'm hoping that as she gets bigger, not only will she sleep longer at night, but she'll sleep better in the places she's supposed to sleep. Here's hoping at least, right?

Anyway, I'm so proud of our girl and how well she does with things. I can't wait to see what she does next.


Anonymous said...

Be encouraged...
Ava co-slept with us, then slept in her car seat/carrier, then her bassinet, then finally her crib. It was definitely a progression. Ainsley is a sweetheart! Blessings!


Genko said...

Another thing to do with babies during floor time is to put an interesting toy to one side, maybe just out of reach. That encourages them to begin to reach toward things to one side, which leads to being able to turn over.

I also co-slept with my babies, and found it much easier, and they also felt more secure.