“My tummy time tip is to buy some really light-up bright toys because babies just love it,” Duff began in a recent Instagram story.
“They want to stare at it. And I know we all want to live in this tonal world where everything looks good in our house and toys are wooden, but babies don’t care about wooden toys. And you’ll see the tackier the better. So my tip is to put the toys away…”
Duff continued on, revealing why the toys are so important for tummy time!
“And when you’re doing tummy time, bring them out, and they get super excited to see them. It encourages them to be on their bellies longer which is great for their neck. So just get really cheesy with it and then put them away.”
Duff recently shared a few photos from her home birth from when she welcomed baby Mae James into the world.
Duff and her husband, Matthew Koma, both 33, invited daughter Mae into the world on March 24 — joining their eldest daughter, Banks Violet, 2, and Duff’s son, Luca Cruz, 9, from her previous marriage.
“Feeling ready to share some photos of Mae Mae’s birth day!!! For me to feel safe during birth and get to where I need to go, it’s crucial to have the right support system,” Duff began the caption.
“The perfect amount of space, counter-pressure, humor, stillness and people that support my power. My hubby is the most calm anchor in the room when I feel like climbing the walls and my little Molly is an extraordinary doula who sat with me when I needed to be still and quiet.”
Duff went on to reveal how her own mother was there to support her during the birth.
“She quite enjoyed the fact that I was sitting on doggy puddle pads as my water had broken hours before ???? My own mama was there to make all the snacks and watch with a big nervous smile as her baby brings her a new grandbaby earthside. The help that I have to support my other children while I am not able is maybe the most comforting thought of all. All hands on deck. Forever lol.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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