Why do it?
- Spending brief amounts of time on their tummy will strengthen baby’s neck and shoulders and upper body.
How to do it
- Lying tummy-to-tummy can be more comfortable for baby than lying on the floor.
- If baby is on the floor, try rolling up a towel and lying baby with the towel under their arms. This can help keep their head up and their legs down.
- Put a stand-up black and white book where they can see it. Instruction for making one are in the activity list too.
- A mirror stood up in front of baby when they’re on the floor also helps to make this activity more interesting.
- Try lying down beside them so you can talk to them face to face and pat their back.
- Frequent short sessions will work best.
Using more reo Māori
|Ngā mahi a pēpi||Play for baby|
|Haere mai ki te whāriki||Come over to the mat|
|Takoto mai nei||Lie down here|
|Papa||Floor or flat surface|
|Owhaowha||To roll over - used when baby first rolls over|
|Tāpapa||Lie (face down)|
|Puku ki te puku||Tummy to tummy|
|Kanohi ki te kanohi||Face to face|
|He wā poto||A short time|
|Titiro ki te whakaata||Look in the mirror|
|Kei hea te pēpi?||Where is baby?|
|Nā, he ātaahua koe||You look beautiful|
|Kei hea māmā?||Where's mum?|
|Titiro mai pēpi||Look here baby|
|Ka menemene koe?||Are you smiling?|
|Titiro ki te pukapuka||Look at the book|
|Kei hea te porowhita||Where is the circle?|
|Kia kaha||Be strong|
|Kia tūpato||Be careful|
|Ka pai||Good, well done|
|Ka mau te wehi||That's amazing|