here's what you need to know about tummy time with your new baby

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Tummy time is important for your baby as you'll probably hear a lot, but there's no need to overcomplicate it either. Here's what you need to know.

here's what you need to know about tummy time with your newborn
What is it?

When you place baby on their belly while awake and supervised

here is why you should do tummy time
Why do it?

It builds neck, shoulder, and core strength, when can relieve torticollis (tight muscles on one side of the neck) and which your baby will use later to roll over, sit up, and crawl

It also helps prevent flat spots from developing on the head

this is how often you should do tummy time
How often?

Start with one minute 2-3x a day, working up over a few months to 10-15 mins several times a day

It may seem like a little, but it's a lot of exercise for a newborn!


Lay baby on their belly on the floor or across your thighs and

  • Place an eye-catching object (e.g., bright toy, black & white card, mirror) about 1 foot away to encourage head lifting & turning
  • Or get down there with baby and play

Recline with baby on your chest facing you while you chat or sing to them

Carry baby tummy-down like they're an airplane with your forearm and hand underneath supporting belly

What if my baby hates tummy time?

It's normal to not enjoy exercising! Here are some tips if your baby isn't a fan:

Use a belly prop

Prop a rolled towel, pillow, or Boppy under your baby's chest with their arms out in front

Try "side time"

Prop a rolled towel against baby's back and head while they lay on their side

Vary baby's head position

Do this when they're on their back (e.g., in the bassinet, stroller, on the floor) so they're not always putting pressure on the same spot on their head

Keep trying little by little

While tummy time can help baby develop gross motor skills earlier, no research shows it will make your child smarter, faster, or better in any way over the long term

So relax, keep trying, and as always trust your instincts and bring it up to your doctor if you're concerned about any developmental delays, flat spots, torticollis, or other concerns

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