Tummy Time Mat – As mentioned in previous posts, placing your baby on his/her tummy will increase proprioception, awareness, and social skills, as well as head and neck control. Additionally, it will help prepare your child for other developmental skills, including sitting, crawling, and walking! I used THIS MAT for my EtiKids. I felt that this encouraged a sense of awareness of the entire body, thanks to the addition of the piano. When the babies seemed to need a change of scenery (after playing with the animals), I turned them around to make music with the piano. I also attached the mirror (seen above), so the kiddos could look at themselves in action.
This post begins the series of What Should We Play With? Stay tuned for more developmentally appropriate toys through the ages. And as always, it is important to get down on the floor and play with your newborn- it is never too early to begin modeling social skills!