Cian isn’t a big fan of doing tummy time, so I try to find different ways to keep it interesting for him. This was set up for him, but it’s hard to say no when his brothers love him so much that they want to do everything with him.

SAFETY: Never leave this activity unsupervised. Cian is only just 3 months, so hasn’t got the control to grasp and move things in to his mouth yet. I won’t do this activity when he can. For older babies, you can try the tummy time disco instead.


  • Blanket
  • Fairy lights
  • Teething toys


I set Cian up on his tummy, he had about 30 seconds of peace looking at the lights before big brothers piled in. He giggled when they joined him, so I let them stay.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

Physical development

Moving and handling (Birth to 11 months)

• Turns head in response to sounds and sights.

• Gradually develops ability to hold up own head.

• When lying on tummy becomes able to lift first head and then chest, supporting self with forearms and then straight arms.

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness (Birth to 11 months)

• Laughs and gurgles, e.g. shows pleasure at being tickled and other physical interactions.

• Uses voice, gesture, eye contact and facial expression to make contact with people and keep their attention.

Managing feelings and behaviour (Birth to 11 months)

• Is comforted by touch and people’s faces and voices.

• Shows a range of emotions such as pleasure, fear and excitement.

Making relationships (Birth to 11 months)

• Enjoys the company of others and seeks contact with others from birth.

• Recognises and is most responsive to main carer’s voice: face brightens, activity increases when familiar carer appears.