Your baby may seem very fragile and weak that you might get afraid to move her around. However, you should do that every once in a while actually. Because that is the way for him to learn how to move around and experiencing new things. Therefore, do not be afraid to play around with your baby in many different positions. There are many easy ways to do so, but always remember to do it safely and correctly.
The easiest way is to have tummy time. It is the time when your baby is placed in the position when he is lying on his stomach. This position is indeed more fun than being on his back. Because, he gets to have another view besides of the ceiling. Furthermore, this position allows him to experiencing many textures with his legs, stomach, and arm as he moves around in that position. For the positive effect, the position will train him to do shoulder muscle train, head control balance, and also reduce the risk of flat head surface on your baby. To entertain him while, in the position, you can place several toys in front of him so he has things to do.
Activity 1: Tummy to Tummy
As the variety of the tummy position, you can also put him on your own stomach. This would be a tummy to tummy time. Make funny faces and use funny voices to talk to him. It is very fun to do, and it is a great bonding moment for you and your baby. Because, not only that you can have a fun time with your baby, you will also get a skinship moment that will increase your intimacy with your baby. Furthermore, the skin to skin connection will also give your baby warmth and also train his healty heart beat.
As soon as your baby is discharged from the hospital, you can use this position. Because, your baby is strong enough for this position as long as you manage to give him the most comfortable position. The tummy time can be done any time, as long as he is awake. Because, when he is asleep, it is better to put him on his back to avoid any suffocating and also prevent his heart from being too pressurized. Furthermore, you should also make sure that you have your baby fully watched while in this position. Therefore, once your baby shown any sign of discomfort, you can immediately change her position back and when he fall asleep, you can turn him into the on back position immediately.
Activity 2: Lap Time
Almost the same as the tummy to tummy position, you can also pit your baby on your lap. This way, he will experience the new texture and shape of the surface. Playing around with your baby in this position is indeed fun. Furthermore, you need also make sure that the position is completely safe for your baby and that he is well supported. So if your baby is fallen to sleep in this position, it is best to put him to bed immediately, with on back sleeping position.
Activity 3: Side Lying with Support
If your baby is experiencing discomfort with the tummy time, there is an alternative way to do so. You can place your baby on his side. This way, he will not feel any pressure to his stomach, but he will still have more variety of position to play with. However, make sure that his head is secure and the arm is located in front of his body. You need also to maintain the feet position so he can be comfortable. In addition, if your baby having difficulties to support the body, you can place a rolled towel behind his back. In this position, you can have a great time playing with your baby. Both tummy time or on side position is the position suitable and recommended for playing position. It is an alternative position that could give your baby more experience than the on back position.
However, there are several things to consider about these positions. For example, you need to carefully monitoring him in such position. You should also immediately change his position to on back when he is a fall asleep. Therefore, he will not be suffocated during his sleep.