A great new way to play
From building muscle strength to getting ready for crawling, tummy time is your baby’s first workout! This new play position where your baby lies on their stomach has lots of benefits, including building upper body strength and head control.
Most babies start with a face-plant (not much fun!) but with your help can start to lift their head and enjoy the view!
Here’s why tummy time is so important and how to make it fun.
Tummy Time Together
Join your little one on the mat. Young babies can only keep their head up for a short time, so stay close!
Make sure your baby is calm. Try it after a nap, bath time or a nappy change. Avoid tummy time after eating.
Tummy Time Friends
Keep your baby entertained with the help of toys. Mirrors are a great distraction, while wedges like the Tummy Time Llama help to work on stability
Practice makes perfect
Tummy time is a new skill for your baby. Practice every day and you’ll soon see their confidence grow.
From 0-12 months, here’s how your little one’s confidence will grow:
Birth to 6 months
Start off by trying tummy time on your chest
Be sure to always support your baby’s neck
3 - 6 months
Practice a few minutes together each day
Increase as your baby’s strength grows
6 - 12 months
Your baby might spend up to an hour on their tummy
Make room to allow them to push up or roll!
Tummy time can be tricky but with fun friends for support, lots of practice (and, yes, maybe a few years) your baby will soon be a tummy time champ!
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Deb Weber (PhD), Director of Early Childhood Development Research Fisher-Price PlayLab
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