Every parent wants to make sure their baby develops properly, and one part of this is incorporating tummy time into baby's daily schedule. Tummy time is exactly what it sounds like — setting aside some time during the day for baby to lay on their tummy (supervised, of course!).

How tummy time helps

Not only does tummy time help strengthen baby’s back, arms, neck, and legs, but it also keeps your little one from acquiring a flat spot on the back of their head.

Since tummy time also helps build muscles, it prepares your new infant for the next important developmental stages, like rolling over, crawling, and even walking!  While some experts recommend tummy time schedules such as three to five-minute sessions every day for a 2-month-old, many mommy relatives and friends have said that it is best to fit tummy time in when your schedule allows.

When to work in tummy time

The best instances to allow for tummy time may be after changing a diaper, or when you are enjoying a good book or movie with your partner. In the beginning, try getting baby level on the floor as it will help them feel safe and secure.  Smile, clap, and interact too!  Aeroflow Breastpumps even carries a Boppy support pillow that is perfect for tummy time!

The most important rule to keep in place is never to leave baby unsupervised. Also, keep in mind that baby may not be a huge fan of tummy time at first, so you try smaller intervals. Eventually, your little one will become accustomed to it and possibly enjoy it!

Consider getting a breast pup

All moms want the best for their baby and there is nothing like providing the perfect nutrients for baby’s development like breastfeeding. The vitamins and nutrients that breast milk offers far outweigh any other alternative to feeding your baby. The journey of breastfeeding can also be made a lot easier with an electric breast pump. Whether you exclusively pump or need it “here and there”, an electric breast pump allows you to store milk for bottle feeding moments that allows your partner to feed baby, which helps create that special bond.

The good news is that you could also get your breast pump for free under your insurance plan, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the help of Aeroflow Breastpumps. Our Breastpump Specialists at Aeroflow are trained to understand your policy coverage and if it will cover the cost of breastfeeding support and supplies. All you need to do to get started is fill out our Qualify Through Insurance form, and our specialists will take care of the rest. Once your Breastpump Specialist verifies your coverage, they will contact you to go over your pump options. If you need more immediate assistance, give us a call directly at (844) 867-9890.  We look forward to assisting you!

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