Care-a-lot babies enjoy lots of tummy time! So much learning and development happens when babies are placed on their tummies and later when they begin to crawl. When most people think about the benefits of tummy time, they think about muscle development and strengthening the neck, arm, and back muscles.
Something just as important is the visual aspect of the baby’s development. Tummy time and crawling help babies measure the world around them; the distance between their eyes and hands when on their tummies will become fundamental in everything that they do and will have an impact on future development.
Visual perception is the total process responsible for taking in and understanding visual stimuli. It is dependent on the relationship between visual movement, body movement skills, and tactile perception. Visual perception allows a person to make accurate judgments of size, configuration, and spatial relationships of objects. Children with perfectly healthy eyesight may still suffer from severe visual difficulties that can affect academics, sports, or daily life performance, if their eyes haven’t developed visual perception correctly.
Therefore it is important to make sure that babies get that tummy time, which is vital to forming neurological connections. If babies are constantly kept upright or placed in front of screens, their eyes will not develop properly and they will have trouble in the future seeing things that are near, such as letters and picture books or things that are far, such as words on the black board. So get down on the floor with your baby and see all the benefits!