Advice for Baby's Best Development

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Posted at 8:11 AM, Aug 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-10 04:27:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- While you may be sending your older kids off to school, it's important to start getting your younger children on the right path as well.

Physical therapist Sara Woodward from Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare says parents can do some simple things to make sure their babies are developing and reaching milestones. 

She says parents should be aware of how much time little ones are spending in equipment, like bouncers. Even though they may be marketed as helping kids learn to stand, bounce, roll over, etc., overuse of these machines can negatively impact development. That's because babies can become overly reliant on the device itself instead of their own muscles.

Woodward says tummy time is important everyday to help your children grow. These simple exercises can help young children develop strong neck muscles and prevent muscle tightness.

Tummy time can only take a few minutes a day, and sometimes is as simple as the way you hold your baby.

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For more information on the TMH Children's Center, click here.