To help reduce a babies chance of dying of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it is strongly recommended that babies be put to sleep on their backs. Since the SIDS Foundation has started the “Back To Sleep” program, the death rate of SIDS has been cut by a shocking 50%.
However, it is still important for babies to have what we call tummy time. While shopping at our local Target store for infant toys, we spied the Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat. This was exactly the kind of infant toy I had been wanting to buy for my granddaughter, so when I saw the price was around $20, I didn’t blink an eye and promptly placed it in my shopping cart.
The Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat is developed for children zero plus months. The box pictures a baby laying on his tummy, slightly propped up by a thin crescent shaped pillow. In front of the baby is a round mirror, a butterfly shaped teether, a black and white colored bell, and a bee shaped toy that makes a rattling and crinkling sound.
The mat is large and oval in shape, covered with bright colors and flying bees. The pillow is made of black with large white dots covering the surface, which is nice for contrast and helps stimulate a babies vision.
1) The “True Reflection” mirror is round with a black and white fabric border, and is said to help babies engage. It is true that babies like to look at faces of humans, and babies in particular, so this is a great way for a baby to discover themselves. While another Sassy product we have also uses the True Reflection mirror, it is not distorted like this round mirror is on the Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat.
2) There is a bolster, or crescent shaped pillow, attached to the top of the mat. This helps support a babies head as well as help to start in the development of their torso muscles. This works better than other make shift tummy time pillows we have come up with.
3) The bell is made of a soft fabric, and is black with starkly contrasting white stripes. It helps stimulate a babies sense of vision and hearing.
4) To encourage mouth exploration the Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat comes with a dark blue colored firefly that is made of soft plastic.
5) One of our babies favorite toys is the stuffed miniature butterfly that comes with the Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat. It has a red and white striped body, an orange head, and green wings that are filled with a type of cellophane. Not only does this rattle, but it makes a crinkling sound that really does catch a babies attention and stimulate their senses.
What This Toy Can Do
The Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat is good to use when your baby can start to hold their heads upright. It helps with both their fine and gross motor development, When our six week old baby is on this mat, she works on lifting her head off of the bolster, and sometimes gets her arms up on it and pushes off.
When she is fully awake, sometimes we lay her on her back, using the small bolster as a pillow. This keeps her in place, and of course we are with her at all times. She likes laying in this position, and when we place the mat on the couch and put her on her back next to us, it is much more secure than placing her on the couch alone.
At her young age, we find she is stimulated the most when we move the mirror, which is removable, in front of her or back and forth – which allows her to track it with her eyes and her head. Likewise, we make the toys rattle and crinkle, grabbing her attention. The toys can be detached from the mat as well.
The Sassy Developmental Tummy Mat measures twenty eight inches in length and fifteen inches wide, so it takes up a fair amount of space in a small room. We have it on our living room floor, but it rolls up for storage, or to simply get it out of the way.
This is a nice toy with a variety of tools to help a baby develop their small and large motor skills. The manufacturer states that “Motor skill development is related to mental development”, so it is a good idea to give your baby some tummy time, and allow them to learn about their social and physical environments.