I had the opportunity to review a copy of The Truth About Tummy Time recently. The book is written by Stephanie J. Pruitt, a physical therapist and mom from Alabama who dealt with plagiocephaly (flat head) with her child. She was also noticing an upwards trend of this issue in her practice, and decided to research and write about this topic to help educate parents.
The book is a bit on the technical side, but together with some graphs and tips for keeping your child safe from SIDS but with healthy developmental milestones, it’s a good read for any parent of an infant.
I liked the summary of targeted developmental milestones: (this is just an overview, she offers every month’s range-of-motor milestones in the book)
Lifts and rotates head while lying on stomach
Bends and straightens legs while on back
Displays grasp reflex
Holds rattle briefly
Holds head upright when body is tilted from side to side
Extends back briefly in supported sitting position
Brings both hands together to midline to reach for a toy, with head in midline
Reaches for and shakes rattle
Reaches for toys while balanced in sitting position
Raises trunk from surface, shifts weight, and reaches for toy on stomach
Grasps both feet with hands and holds them while on back
Holds and moves rattle puposefully
Maintains balance sitting while playing with a toy
Claps hands three times
Turns body around by pivoting in sitting
Scoots on bottom and creeps forward on hands
Catches a rolled ball in sitting position without losing balance
Opens board book
Stirs spoon in a cup
Turns cup, dumps out food
You can purchase the book on her site for only $19.95 or $10 for the eBook. I have a hardcopy to give away! Just comment on this post to win! I will randomly draw one comment on Friday March 2 to receive a copy!