It’s also an easy way to provide more opportunities for movement and sensory input (especially if they seek out ways to move their in different positions a lot or you have limited space in your home).
Depending on how old they are, you can play with them by laying them on their tummy or sitting them on their bottom while you roll, rock, and gently bounce them on the ball. Make sure you’re safe with them by having a good hold on their midsection (between hips to armpits), stabilizing the ball as necessary, only moving them as much as their neck and back muscles can handle, and following their lead for how comfortable they are with the different types of movements.
Don’t let your little one fall off the ball, and don’t use the ball near any corners or hard surfaces such as coffee tables or fireplaces!
You can use a regular exercise ball or, for added stability, you may find that an exercise ball filled sand is easier to control.
Take advantage of this opportunity to play with them, make eye contact, sing songs, and have fun!
Check out this video for a demo of different positions and movements you can do while baby is on the exercise ball (just FYI, baby in video is 13 months old, is just beginning to walk independently, and is a major sensory seeker who LOVES to be upside down):
PLAYTIME ON AN EXERCISE BALL FOR YOUNGER BABIES
Looking for ways to play with your younger baby (say, 2-6 months) on an exercise ball during tummy time?
No problem. Check out this post for ideas on how to use an exercise ball (or a beach ball, or your shins) to help your little baby actually ENJOY tummy time…now that’s a concept!