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    Default When do I fit in play time and tummy time for my newborn?

    My LO is 5 weeks old and the maternal health nurse is encouraging me to fit in some activity/play time and tummy time but every day I don't get around to it and wonder when I'm supposed to fit this in? Any tips?

    He's demand feeding so can't do it after a sleep because he wales up hungry, then for half an hour after feeding he's sleepy and also will spit up if I put him on his tummy or do anything too active. Then before I know it he's been up an hour and a half and needs a sleep again. Should I be trying to keep him awake after a feed long enough to play for a few minutes? Often we just have a bit of face time with him resting on my legs after a feed and then he starts yawning and his eyes kind of glaze over.

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    He'll wake up soon enough. Enjoy the newborn phase where they sleep, poo and eat!

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    At this age, your bub won't do play or tummy time for longer than a couple of minutes.
    I'll send you a link for a guide that helped me as I struggled to know how to "play" with my newborn and also for how long to try tummy time.
    We followed the Eat, Play, Sleep idea with DS.
    He would wake up and be fed, followed by a burp, and then I would get down on the floor with him and talk/sing to him (singing badly) and then he would show tired signs and I would try and put him back down to bed. I say try because in those early weeks, DS did not sleep well during the day unless he was on me.

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    Tummy time doesn't have to be done on the floor. Can include having bub up over your shoulder if/when you're burping him, on your chest, over your arm, over your legs etc. Any of these positions Bub can still have the opportunity to lift his head and look around a bit if he wants. I'm no expert on babies once they're over about a week old haha, but at 5 weeks I can imagine if you put Bub on the floor for tummy time they'd likely just face plant.

    Play time/activity time can also be incorporated into what you're already doing with him. So if you're resting Bub on your lap after a feed, you can sing to him and involve him in activities this way. With young babies I've been around, I've done things that incorporated my hands/their hands. So thinks like twinkle twinkle, incy wincy spider, or my favourite - the grand old duke of York.

    As Nicole83 said though, he'll 'wake up' soon enough and be more engaged in actual activities. Enjoy the time with your little bloke. It sounds like you've got a good thing going with him already. I could stare into a babies eyes for hours.

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    I use a fitball for tummy time and roll DD forward and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooch View Post
    At this age, your bub won't do play or tummy time for longer than a couple of minutes.
    I'll send you a link for a guide that helped me as I struggled to know how to "play" with my newborn and also for how long to try tummy time.
    We followed the Eat, Play, Sleep idea with DS.
    He would wake up and be fed, followed by a burp, and then I would get down on the floor with him and talk/sing to him (singing badly) and then he would show tired signs and I would try and put him back down to bed. I say try because in those early weeks, DS did not sleep well during the day unless he was on me.


    Thanks for the link! I just did a bit of playtime after his feed and he loved it but now had to feed him again to settle... he's spitting up a lot lately as I think he's taking in too much milk each feed (he's a hungry boy!) so don't like to have to feed him again just to settle. Have a dummy for only when absolutely necessary but it's been helping with minimising comfort feeding and reducing spit up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamasupial View Post
    I use a fitball for tummy time and roll DD forward and back.
    Good idea! He loves lying on my chest and pushing up to look around so I'm doing that when I can too

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    Thanks all for your support and advice! He is such an alert little boy so just want to be sure he's getting enough stimulation

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    I lie down and put my daughter on my chest when she is starting to get hungry. She will lift her head and bob around for a boob. Then I'll sit up and give her a feed. Have done this since about 2 weeks old (now 7 weeks). I never remember to do 'official' tummy time so this works for us. Once your baby is more alert and willing to lay on a mat and gurgle away, you will remember to flip her over from time to time so don't stress too much for now :-)


 

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