Because of the significance of the “Back to Sleep” campaign and its recommendations, your baby will be spending most of his time on his back. A baby that is put on his back for naps and sleep has a lower risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). But placing your infant on their stomach is also important for development and building strength. Let’s explore some reasons why tummy time is so important.

From the get-go

You can begin tummy time from day one. Babies benefit from two to three tummy time sessions each day for a short period of time (3 to 5 minutes). Babies will likely cry the first several times you try tummy time, but as they gain strength and coordination, they will soon come to enjoy it.

Look at that head

Your baby’s skull is made of several movable plates. If he is placed in one position all the time, the skull plates move in such a way to create a flat area on the back of his head. Tummy time will give your baby the chance to experience a different position.

Supervised time

Your baby needs time on his tummy to develop strength and body awareness. Make sure that tummy time with your baby is a time when he is awake, because he must always be supervised. Never leave your baby alone during tummy time.

Ahead of the game

Research has shown that babies who spend time on their bellies will roll over, sit without support, and crawl on all fours earlier than those who don’t.

Tummy time also helps with:

  • Strength
  • Hand use
  • Balance
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • The ability to roll over (belly to back is the first way most babies roll)

Make it fun

Make tummy time fun by singing songs to calm and sooth the baby. Use rattles, toys, and mirrors to encourage visual tracking. Don’t be afraid to get down on the floor at baby’s eye level. Baby will love seeing your face!

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