Thursday, 07. November 2019, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Babies 0-3 months - Tummy Time & Baby Development Class Series (10/3, 11/7, 12/5/19)

from 07. November 2019 - 11:00 till 12:00

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

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Prior to the Back to Sleep/Safe to Sleep campaign in 1994, most babies spent the majority of their time sleeping on their tummies, which naturally allowed for hours and hours of “tummy time” long before the term existed.
Now that babies spend the majority of their time sleeping on their backs, parents need to be VERY INTENTIONAL about incorporating opportunities for tummy time.   Too much time spent on the back or in baby equipment and carriers interferes with innate newborn development. Normal movement patterns and motor milestones are directly linked to brain growth and development.  During infancy, your baby is literally building the foundation for future success in the areas of motor coordination, sensory processing, and learning and attention necessary for higher level skills in grade school and beyond.
With so much focus on back sleeping and not enough awareness about the importance of normal infant development, we have seen a significant increase in subtle delays or skipped milestones during infancy. Unfortunately, rather than recognizing that we are interfering with normal development, these subtle red flags are being brushed under the rug, considered “normal” because they have become more common, or parents are told “let’s wait and see.” The truth is, most of these subtle red flags are preventable and easily fixed in infancy when parents have the right information.
Join our open and supportive class today!  Class sizes are small, allowing each baby's developmental skills to be assessed by the instructor.  Parents learn individualized positioning and handling techniques to help their baby LOVE tummy time and thrive with each new developmental milestone.
The 0-3 month class series meets 1x/month for 3 months.  Here's what to expect at each class:
Class #1:  (0-1 month skills) 

Learn the links between motor development in infancy and learning and attention skills at school age.
Address concerns and misconceptions about starting tummy time soon after birth and tips to help you succeed.
Early identification of head turn preferences and neck tightness to help you prevent flattenting of the head.
Baby Equipment:  What is unnecessry or even interferes with normal devleopment?
Swaddling recommendations

Class #2:  (2-3 month skills)

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At 2-3 months we continue to closely assess the head and neck in order to prevent flattening of the head.  7-12 weeks is the most common age for flattening of the head to appear and most parents say they didn't notice it happening.
Support for increasing endurance with tummy time.
Visual motor skill development is addressed
Tips and support if reflux or colic is making tummy time a challenge

Class #3: (3-4 month skills)

At 3-4 months we want to see ongoing endurance with tummy time skills and increasing tummy muscles for liffting knees/legs up into the air when baby is on his back.
Tummy muscles and core strength start to become really important at this age for rolling and moving around on tummy.
Early reach and grasp development is address.
Tips and support if reflux or colic is making tummy time a challenge

Babies 0-3 months - Tummy Time & Baby Development Class Series (10/3, 11/7, 12/5/19) , Lakewood Ranch Medical Center event

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