If you have not been introduced to tummy time for your baby, let us be the first. It is simply turning your baby on its tummy for relatively short periods of time and supervising that time. It would be dangerous to leave your little one unattended. Tummy time should be a daily occurrence and only when your baby is awake. For newcomers to tummy time, here’s when to start and 4 benefits.
Daily Tummy Time
You can begin tummy time as early as you want. Find a blanket or coverlet, place it on a flat surface and place baby on their tummy. Start with just a few minutes like 3 to 5 minutes, and repeat this a few times a day. You can gradually increase the length of time. When your baby is very small, you may need to put a small towel or pillow under their chin to keep their head up.
Place a colorful toy within their vision and reach to encourage activity. Hold a colorful book in front of them or a mirror so they can see themselves when their vision begins to improve.
If they should begin to be sleepy, immediately turn them on their back or put them to sleep in their crib.
Important Benefits Of Tummy Time
Reduces The Incidence Of Flat Spots
When a baby lays on their back constantly, they can develop flat areas on the back of their heads. Although it’s not dangerous, you should still have PediatriCare of Northern Virginia take a look.
Builds Strong Muscles
Being on their tummies can help your baby develop strong neck, back, and shoulder muscles.
Promotes Motor Skills
It promotes motor skills and the ability to eventually roll over, sit up, and crawl. Some studies have shown that not placing children on their tummy can lead to some motor delays.
A Different Way To Bond
This is the best part. Lie down on the floor with your baby. Read or sing to them. Smile and laugh or make funny faces.
Contact PediatriCare of Northern Virginia at (703) 330-3939 if you have questions or concerns about tummy time for your baby.