Tummy time

Allowing your baby to have ample tummy time is a great way to promote his or her motor, visual, and sensory development. And it can start on day one of life! Tummy time helps develop your child's back, shoulder, and neck muscles. It may help reduce the risk of having a flat head (positional plagiocephaly). And it can help your baby meet developmental milestones.

Talk to one of our pediatricians about tummy time and other great activities to do with your child to nurture their development!

Common questions

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When should I start tummy time with my baby?

You can start tummy time right from day one! Newborns have relatively large, heavy heads compared to their bodies, and their neck and back muscles are not yet fully developed. This makes it challenging for them to lift their heads against gravity.It's best to begin with just a few minutes 2-3 times each day during the first month, gradually extending the duration. Aim for about an hour of tummy time by the time your baby is 3 months old. Choosing a time when your baby is rested and in a good mood, like after a diaper change or nap, can make it more enjoyable.

What should I do if my baby doesn't seem to like tummy time?

If your baby seems uncomfortable or fussy during tummy time, start with shorter sessions and gradually increase the duration. You can also try different times of the day, ensuring your baby is well-rested and not hungry. Engaging with your baby during tummy time by talking, singing, or using toys can also help make it a more positive experience.

How does tummy time benefit my baby's development?

Tummy time is crucial for your baby's motor, visual, and sensory development. It helps strengthen the back, shoulder, and neck muscles, which are important for reaching developmental milestones. As they begin to gain more control over their head and neck movements, they need practice to master the skill. Tummy time may also reduce the risk of your baby developing a flat head (positional plagiocephaly) and promotes overall physical development.

What are the consequences of insufficient tummy time?

Insufficient tummy time can lead to delays in reaching motor skill milestones and affect the development of certain muscles. Babies who spend less time on their tummies may take longer to gain full control over lifting their chests and leaning on their hands, which is typically achieved around 6 months.

Are there any signs that indicate I should stop or modify tummy time for my baby?

If your baby shows signs of discomfort, such as excessive fussiness, crying, or difficulty breathing, it's important to modify or stop tummy time. Always supervise your baby during tummy time and ensure it's done on a flat, safe surface. If you have concerns about how your baby is responding to tummy time, consult with your pediatrician for personalized advice.

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