Robin is a mom of three, a physical therapist, and the inventor of the Biddy Belly.
How many children do you have? I have three children: Jack is seven, Nic is six, and Sammy is three.
How did you come up with the idea for the Biddy Belly? All three of my children disliked “tummy time” when they were babies. Being a physical therapist, I knew how important tummy time was; however, it was difficult to see my babies struggle whenever they were placed on their belly. As a result, two of the three ended up with flat spots on the back of their head from not doing enough tummy time. When my third baby was about four months old, I thought there just had to be a better way to get babies to like “tummy time.” I wanted to find a playmat that helped elevate the baby up a bit, but yet also put them in the right anatomical position for them to use their arms to help themselves lift up. When I couldn’t find a mat like that, the creation of the Biddy Belly was born.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Try and have a “quiet time” everyday where the kids are playing quietly in a room where you can relax, read a book, watch a show, or whatever you need to zone out of parenting mode for a bit. Once it is over, you might notice you can start over again with less stress.
How do you get your kids to eat well and/or exercise? By eating healthy myself. I also don’t make two meals at dinner. The kids eat whatever my husband and I are eating and as a result, they are not picky eaters. And, quite honestly, they don’t know any different.
How do you recharge your batteries? With exercise and sleep.