Tips & Tricks

TUMMY TIME: WHY IT’S IMPORTANT AND HOW TO START

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Tummy time is such an important daily activity for your baby’s development. Below I will explain what exactly is tummy time, why it’s important, how to start, plus some of my tips.

What is tummy time?

Tummy time, simply explained is any time baby spends on their tummy.

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Why is tummy time important?

Since babies spend the majority of their time on their backs, tummy time is key for the following reasons:

  1. It aids in the strengthening of baby’s upper body muscles which is used to push up, roll over, crawl, and eventually stand up.
  2. It helps prevent flat head or plagiocephaly. A flat head is disfiguring and requires a special helmet to fix.

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When to start?

You can start on the first day home

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How to do tummy time?

For newborns, have them lay on your chest while you are laying on your back. For older babies, you can try doing tummy time together, or place a toy out of reach and make the baby work to get it.

How often should I do tummy time?

It’s important to do tummy time every day. For newborns, start with 2 to 3 times a day for 3 to 5 minutes at a time. Each week, slowly increase the frequency until you work your way up to 30 minutes a day by 3 months.

 

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What if my baby hates tummy time?

Try putting your legs up in an upside down V shape, and put baby belly down on your thighs lay baby across your belly, perpendicular to your body. Also, give baby words of encouragement (great job, you can do it, etc.)

Tips

Try tummy time after a diaper change or nap. Be sure to wait at least an hour after feeding and never leave baby unattended.

I made this super cool infographic that you can download and save or print out of these tummy time tips. This can be particularly helpful if you have a caregiver that isn’t too familiar with tummy time and you want to educate and make sure your baby gets the proper amount while in their care. Just subscribe to the blog below to get the graphic.

Please share your tummy time experiences and tips below in the comments.

 

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