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Dear Marianne:

What is the best way to store toys outdoors?
Ken, Newport Beach, CA, Father of Josh (6), Eric (4) and Trinity (2)


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Dear Marianne:
I keep reading about "tummy time" for infant play. What is that?
Rachel, Greenville, SC, Mom of Robert (2 weeks)


Tummy time is when an infant lies on her tummy and practices lifting her head. Encouraging "tummy time" play helps to build fine motor support and body strength. The best kind of "tummy time" toys to look for are textured playmats that are made of soft washable material (in case of drooling) with lots of tactile sensory attached teethers and a mirror (not glass) for self-reflection and discovery. These mats can be placed on a floor, in a crib (during awake time only) and also travel well. DO NOT purchase any toys that have strings or attached pieces that could be possible choking hazards. One skill leads to another and whether you are shaking a rattle, she is touching the playmat or you are talking to her, "tummy time" is important but ALWAYS must be supervised.

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