Back to sleep, tummy to play

Tummy time is an essential part of a child’s development. Tummy time is the time when baby is placed on their stomach, while they are awake and supervised.

Tummy time helps baby develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles, and promotes certain shutterstock_87274753motor skills, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH). Tummy time can also reduce the risk of baby’s head becoming flattened. Tummy time is also encouraged by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

It is strongly recommended that babies sleep alone, on their backs and in a crib for bedtime and naps. But during times when baby is awake, tummy time is critical for a child’s growth.

Tummy time should take place on a flat, ground level surface, on top of a blanket or something soft. Putting a toy or a colorful object in front of baby during tummy time can help them interact with their surrounds and encourage movement. As baby gets older, tummy time can extend and become more frequent.

For more information on tummy time check out the links below.

Different ways to do tummy time

Tummy Time Tips

Infant and Toddler Safety

Remember, back to sleep, tummy to play!