Tummy time is exactly what it sounds like—time spent on the tummy! Tummy time is important for babies because it puts them in a position to lift and turn their heads by themselves. Eventually, these same muscle groups will help your baby sit up, crawl, climb, and walk. You can start Tummy Time right away after the baby is born, no need to wait a few days or weeks.
Here are a few tips from the Mayo Clinic to help get your little one accustomed to tummy time.
• Start early by putting your newborn on her tummy on your lap two to three times per day
• Interact with your baby and play with attention-grabbing toys
• Gradually increase the tummy time sessions as your child grows
There are other tips and tricks you can try to help build up those muscles:
• Recline on the floor or couch with a pillow under your head and put your baby on your chest, belly to belly. (She’ll push up on her arms to look at your face.)
• Use a pillow to prop up your baby and lay a book down in front of him while you read.
• Place your baby across your lap with your baby’s head hanging over your leg while you sit on the floor.