This is true. Because the prone is an important part of the sequence of development of the baby’s motor skills before he can step into higher development, namely crawling, sitting and finally walking. Basically, everything is centered and starts with the baby’s stomach ability, if the baby is unable to stomach on his own, then it is certain that the subsequent motor development of the baby will be hampered.
Prone is an activity of turning over the body in which the position of the stomach is at the bottom as a support. It’s just that, the most important thing parents remember is never to let your baby on his stomach while he is asleep and without your supervision. This is a concern, when the baby is lying in a sleep state, it has the potential to cause Suddent Death Infant Syndrome (SDIS), which means the death of the baby when they fall asleep.
As for the development of the ability to stomach in babies is different from one another. There are some babies who can lay down on their stomachs when they are 2 months old, while there are also some who can stretch their bodies when the baby is 3 or 4 months old. That means, the phase of development of the baby’s stomach between one baby and another baby experiences differences and cannot be equated. However, in general, babies will begin to be able to make efforts to stomach themselves at the age of 3 to 6 months.
For this reason, parents should not worry about the baby if you are late developing on your stomach compared to their peers because many factors can affect the baby’s ability to be able to bend his own body, one of which is the weight factor of the baby who is getting fatter. So is there a way to stimulate the baby to be able to lie down on his own? The answer is there. Like what? Check out the following.
How to stimulate a baby to be on his stomach
- Lie on the baby’s back on your thighs slowly. This position will make the baby’s head hang and train him to be able to lift his own head.
- Start training your baby to lie on his stomach every day for the shortest amount of time. Help the baby to turn over and let him be in a prone position for 2-3 minutes. When the baby is used to it you can increase the duration to 7-10 minutes a day.
- If your baby is not able to lift his head on his own, then help the baby by providing a pillow to support his chin. But still pay attention to your supervision for the safety of the baby.
- Another position in laying down the baby, you can put the baby on top of your supine body and let the baby lie on his stomach. This position will maintain baby’s eye contact with you and make baby feel protected.
These are some ways to stimulate a baby to be on his stomach. Perform this stimulation while remaining under your close supervision in order to maintain the safety and security of the baby.