Our Family in February 2008

Tummy Time

Sean and Cate spent a lot of time on our “turtle mat”: a safe place where they could play, nap, eat and grow.

I did not use a “playpen” much: it felt wrong and the children always wanted me to pull them out of it. Instead, I purchased a 4′ x 8′ foldable stretching mat from Fitness Depot for about $200 and made flannel, fitted sheets for it. When it was time for the children to nap, I would simply lie down with them on the mat and once they fell asleep I would sneak away to do some kitchen chores, a few feet away. If they rolled off of it, it would only be a “fall” of two inches. Instead of in their cribs in their bedrooms, while my children were babies they napped very close to me where I could watch and hear them. This is a picture of Cate having some “Tummy Time” on our Turtle Mat; an exercise that I felt was beneficial for babies: she was about three months old. (All of my files have been “hacked” (renamed/refiled/etcetera; therefore, I do not know the exact date.)

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