What Is Baby Ball?
From the beginning, your baby benefits when you hold them in a balled-up position, with their knees to their nose, face bent toward their body, and hands near each other. This gentle flexion* of Baby’s whole body is an essential tool for Baby and you. This contained comfort helps Baby regulate. I call this Baby Ball. (Click Read More below right to continue reading.)
You’ve heard that TummyTime is important, but it’s hard to do if Baby cries in this position. You want to do it, you may feel guilty if you don’t, yet you feel worse when Baby cries.
Here are 5 ways to try TummyTime that can make it a happier time for Baby and you:
Self-regulation is a term for something each person is always doing. It’s both simple and complex. It has to do with how we recover from stress and take care of ourselves. It starts in infancy with bonding and feeding, and continues with managing ourselves in family life. It keeps developing as we learn to function in school, and goes on as we differentiate from our families to become adults.
Your baby is so cute! And you love her so much. Sometimes you're also worried about her, especially as she cries often because her digestion is bothering her. You want so badly to help her. Here are five things you may not have tried. Practice gently and explore without any should/shouldn'ts or good/bads for you or baby.
When your baby is born it is an amazing, indescribable joy to meet her.
When she comes unexpectedly early -- very early -- you are shocked by her arrival and your unplanned surgery. Now your baby is here: she is beautiful, and she is in an incubator. There is intense joy and stress. How is she? Can she hear you? How long will she have to stay in the NICU? Now your schedule is cancelled and your whole focus is on her. This means helping her ingest as many calories as possible. She must gain, gain, gain in order to thrive.
**Especially helpful for parents of children with Down Syndrome and low tone
When kids thrust their legs when sitting, you can help them increase their core strength and decrease thrusting, if you gently bend and tuck one leg in towards the base. The leg might pop right back out again...this isn't a lack of cooperation, it is just unfamiliarity, along with stronger thrusting than bending reflexes.
If Baby becomes comfortable on his tummy, after some weeks he'll start to try to move around. He may first roll, push back, and then possibly pivot around his belly button. Then he tries to move forward. He becomes interested in things he can see that are out of his reach. As his arm reaches out, his foot on that side pushes. As he slides forward on his belly, his weight shifts to his opposite side allowing him to reach out his other arm which triggers the leg on that side to push.
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