It’s not until you become a parent that tummy time means something other than getting your ab work done at the gym. But once you have a baby, it’s critical to start placing baby on their tummy several times a day for valuable tummy time. Since the safest way for babies to sleep is on their backs, making time for tummy time is the only way they’re going to start building their upper body strength.
Top Reasons Why Babies Need Tummy Time
When to Start Tummy Time
Not sure of when to start incorporating tummy time into your baby’s daily routine? Experts say parents can begin placing baby on their bellies for supervised tummy time as early as right after birth and starting no later than one month old. Even newborns are able to lift their heads and turn it to one side! Tummy time should happen after baby has been fed and burped. Aim for 3-4 tummy time sessions a day at about 15 minutes each. For first time tummy timers, expect some cries and noisy protests. This is hard work for a little person! But just like any good exercise routine, the payoff comes with consistency.
Tummy Time: How to Get Started
So many moms and dads love the DockATot Deluxe for tummy time. One of the reasons we created the rounded bumper is to comfortably give babies a chance to enjoy their tummy time. By placing baby’s arms and upper body over the bumper, they’ll appreciate the comfortable elevation. Once baby is positioned on their tummies, try these activities for making tummy time fun time: