How to make tummy time fun (not frustrating)

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Tummy time. Ah, such a love/hate relationship with it. It's so important to strengthen those little bodies and encourage motor skill development, but it also can be frustrating (for parent and baby). We often worry if we're having our little one do it enough and if we're even doing it the "right" way, and our babies are likely wondering what the heck is going.

While it certainly can be frustrating at times, it doesn't always have to be filled with tears or screams. Sometimes, as with any other challenges within motherhood, you just need a little help from your friends.

We are your friends, mama, and we've got your back.

Here are our six favorite tummy time tools for smooth and stimulating play.

Hill House Home tummy time heart mat

Hill House Home Tummy Time

First, you need to build a solid tummy time foundation with a soft (and in this case, uber stylish) mat. This compact mat is perfect for traveling or while you're on the go. It folds easily and unfolds into a super-cute heart you won't mind looking at all day. This 39" playmat is just the right size for your little one to baby-plank or roll around on all tummy time long.

Mary Meyer molasses sloth soft book + rattle combo

Mary Meyer Sloth rattle and book set

'Sloth, Hurry Up' is a sweet 8-page book with crinkle pages and squeaker sounds your baby will love. It's a multifunctional toy that can stimulate through play then immediately calm with its soft pages and satin loops your baby can grab and explore. This book comes with a soothing and adorable(!) sloth teething rattle, too.

Bunnies By the Bay ocho play mat

Bunnies By the Bay Ocho Playmat

This underwater octopus mat is playful and cozy and will grow with your baby from tummy time to cuddle time, as it changes shape with a tuck and a roll into a pillow. It comes with matching fish and starfish rattles that attach to the three outer loops.

Mary Meyer decco pup activity cube

Mary Meyer decco pup activity cube

This soft, machine washable and multipurpose toy is the perfect tummy time companion for your kiddo. With embroidery, crinkle and rattle sounds, and loads of other textures to touch and feel, this cube will keep your cutie engaged and happy well into toddlerhood.

Bebe au Lait moon and star wooden teether

Bebe au Lait moon and star wooden teether

Giving your little one something to munch on can be a great tummy time distraction. We love this naturally soothing beechwood teether that's easy for little hands to grab and manipulate.

Mary Meyer oatmeal bunny lovey and rattle set

Mary Meyer oatmeal bunny lovey and rattle set

Engaging all their senses at tummy time can help keep them happier for longer. This adorable duo from Mary Meyer includes an extra-soft and easy-to-grab under-stuffed lovey that's perfect for petting and a cozy rattle that is sure to grab their attention.

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