Connor loves his tummy time and is getting so much stronger. He sits up on his forearms now and alhtough he's always had a pretty strong neck, I can see how it's even stronger now and how he is working toward sitting on his own and crawling. He likes to stare at himself in the mirror and even seems to wiggle his way forward to get a closer look.
Until I had a baby I really didn't know anything about it, but tummy time is an extremely important part of infant development. Here is an excert from BabyZone that describes the benefits of tummy time:
"With babies spending more time on their backs, pediatricians have noted an increase in cranial asymmetry, or misshapen heads. Babies' skulls are still somewhat soft, and constant back positioning with no break can sometimes cause a flattening effect on the back of the head.
Tummy time literally gets babies off their backs. It provides a break for the occipital area, or back of their heads, and gives babies a chance to strengthen their neck muscles to prepare them for crawling. It also helps them to get ready to push up, roll over, sit up, and eventually stand."
Luckily Connor likes being on his belly, but some babies find it uncomfortable or simply don't like it. The current recommendation for babies is for them to be on their bellies for at least 30 minutes a day, which can be all at once or broken up into segments. A play mat also helps a lot, too. It keeps them interested and provides a familiar setting for them to explore from another vantage point. Here are some more pics of the little conn-man on his belly