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Tummy time helps babies develop strong neck muscles which will help your baby sit, crawl, and walk in the future. Tummy time can also prevent your infant from developing flat spots on the back of their head.
Since infants need to sleep on their back, ensure plenty of supervised time on their tummy to experience different positions. It’s important that your baby has some tummy time every day!
The best place to lay a baby is on a clean, firm surface like a mat on the floor, or on a blanket on the carpet.
Don’t use a fluffy blanket, comforter, sheepskin, pillow, or other soft material.
Watch your baby from nearby. Spend time face-to-face, but allow him to explore on his own.
Try tummy time when your baby is not tired or hungry. A good time may be after a diaper change or after a nap.
Parents — you are not alone if your baby hates tummy time. Just continue to work with him!
Offer your baby toys such as a play quilt or a plastic mirror that will entertain him while he is on his tummy.
Join your baby on the floor and lie on your tummy next to him. Your baby will enjoy the company, and you’ll have fun too!
Place baby on his tummy when he is most content, energetic, and happy.
Change baby’s position every 15-20 minutes. Try tummy time again later in the day.
Respond to your baby’s cries but offer toys or distractions before picking him up. The more your baby practices tummy time, the stronger and more comfortable he will become.
As your baby becomes more mobile, make sure the area is safe from hazards while he explores his new environment.
Try putting a rolled up towel under your baby’s chest. This will give him a little boost, helping him push up his arms with a little head start.
Lay your baby on your chest while you lie down. Start talking to your baby and your baby will try to lift up his head to see your face.
If your baby falls asleep during tummy time, just turn him onto his back for a nap. Health care providers recommend that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Remember: “Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play.”