August 13, 2019

TUMMY TIME: WHEN AND HOW TO DO IT!

When babies spend time on their tummy, they are developing important muscles and physical skills. Tummy time is recommended for all babies – even newborns should be doing tummy time.
If your baby hasn't been practicing tummy time since she was an infant and doesn't seem to like it, start with a few minutes each day. Build up to sessions of one to 10 minutes each, scattered throughout the day. By the time your baby is 3 months old, she should be spending at least 30 cumulative minutes on her belly every day.

Why tummy time?
Tummy time helps babies learn to push up, roll over, crawl, and eventually stand up.

When to start:

The first day home!
How often?
For newborns, try 2 to 3 times a day for 3 to 5 minutes
Week by week, slowly increase the time and frequency, aiming for a total of 30 minutes a day by 3 months.

3 ways to do tummy time

1. With a newborn, lie on your back and place your baby on your chest

2. With older babies, try tummy time together

3. Place a toy just out of reach, so your baby has to work to grab it


3 tips to remember

1. Fit in tummy time after a diaper change or nap

2. Wait an hour after feeding, since a full stomach can make tummy time uncomfortable

3. Always watch your baby during tummy time, and remember to put your baby on his back to sleep

Many babies hate tummy time at first – learning to control a wobbly head is hard work!
Enjoy the view!

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