By: Lindsay Sawyer, PT, DPT
Why is tummy time important for my baby?
- Strengthens baby’s back, neck and shoulder muscles – this helps baby as they learn to roll, sit and crawl
- Helps maintain a round head shape and avoid conditions like torticollis and plagiocephaly
When should my baby start tummy time?
- As soon as they come home from the hospital!
Tips & Tricks for Success:
- Tummy time should be an activity incorporated into your child’s day while they are awake and supervised
- Start slowly – place your baby on their belly for 1-2 minutes at a time, 4 to 5 times per day
- Increase each tummy time session until you reach 10 minutes at a time, 4 to 5 times per day
- During rest breaks, help the baby roll so they don’t feel stuck
- Give baby something to look at – a mirror is a great distraction
Different Tummy Time positions to try:
- Carrying him/her tummy side down against your arm and nestle them close to your body
- Place baby on your chest or your tummy while laying down on your back so you are face to face
- Place baby tummy down across your knees while sitting with a hand on baby’s back to keep them steady