Tummy time is considered laying your baby on his/her belly to play with supervision on a safe surface, such as the floor. It is important to incorporate tummy time into a daily routine for infants for strengthening and coordination to prepare them for meeting other developmental milestones. Tummy time can begin when you bring your baby home from the hospital, unless otherwise specified by your pediatrician. It is recommended to begin tummy time with 3-5 minute sessions throughout the day and eventually build up to 40-60 minute sessions. You can sit in front of your baby or place toys in front of or around your baby for him/her to explore and facilitate your baby lifting and turning his/her head and reaching.
** The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies sleep on their backs due to safety reasons.
- Strengthens neck, shoulder, and back muscles
- It is a precursor to other developmental milestones (such as rolling over and crawling)
- Helps prevent flat head (positional plagiocephaly) and positional torticollis
- Aids in visual development