As parents of newborns, we all know how important tummy time is to growth and development. If you are anything like me, the whole idea of tummy time seems a little intimidating. I mean putting my sweet peanut “face down” on her tummy was scary! I struggled to find a surface, other than my chest that Eloise would tolerate for more than a few moments which led me to the web to see what products/advice were out there. I came across The Well Baby Tummy Time Mat and was intrigued. I knew it was the perfect product to review and share with y’all. I got in touch with the great husband and wife team at Well Baby Products and was sent two mats to first review and then giveaway to two lucky readers!
Highlights: The Tummy Time Mat is thoughtfully designed by Pediatrician, Dr. Lisa Dana. The Mat is super lightweight and made of a soft, environmentally friendly foam like material. It is specifically contoured and ergonomically designed to promote a safe and happy tummy time session. One of the biggest struggles we were facing with tummy time is Eloise’s ability to gain traction on whatever surface she was placed on. She would clearly get frustrated because her arms and legs would slip just as she was about to push up. The Tummy Time Mat addresses this issue perfectly. The Mat has several ridges on both the top and bottom to solve the traction issue and they actually help babies gain the strength they need for successful development of motor skills. Further, the ridges at the top have texture to promote tactile development and to encourage touching and feeling of the mat. The large ridge near the center/top of the mat is known as the “comfort arch” and definitely helps the baby stay in the correct position for tummy time. I mentioned the surface of the mat being soft and light weight but another great thing about the material the Mat is made of is practicality. Most babies drool or even spit up during tummy time and the surface of this mat allows for a quick and easy clean unlike some of the other mats we tried. To me, this is a huge benefit because it means one less thing to put in the laundry! Not to mention, the cleanable surface makes it easy to use the mat multiple times a day.
Lowlights: There really isn’t much bad to say about the Tummy Time Mat. For the most part, it has one function and it is no secret we are big fans of products that do double or triple duty. However, this one function product doesn’t bother me. Yes, that Mat is that good! Not to mention, it is so lightweight and easy to store so it is worth every penny to serve one very important function.
The Wise Baby Rating:
The Well Baby Tummy Time Mat gets a five out of five rating. It took our baby from one who couldn’t get comfortable or happy during tummy time to one who enjoys her multiple tummy sessions and is getting stronger by the day. Being that tummy time is so important for the growth and development of little ones we can’t help but recommend this Mat to everyone. As we mentioned, the Mat is easy to store and clean in between uses and overall, I couldn’t be happier with this product. It is one of those products I am thrilled to have because I know it is helping foster Eloise’s growth and it is amazing to see how far she comes every time she uses the Mat. The icing on the already positive cake is that the Tummy Time Mat was developed by a Pediatrician so you know it was designed and manufactured with you baby’s best interests in mind.
For more on why tummy time is important, read here but to sum it up – tummy time integral to advancement of our little ones and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 2-3 five minute sessions a day beginning in the early days of your baby’s life. In addition to the physical benefits research has also shown that tummy time helps with cognitive development too. Be sure to always consult with your Pediatrician to make sure you baby is ready for tummy time.
Well Baby Products also provides helpful tips for tummy time, be sure to check them out!
Now, for the giveaway! We are giving away two (2) mats to two lucky readers!
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The two winners will be selected at random (using www.random.org) this coming Friday, August 31st!