Top 5 Tips You Need to Know for Tummy Time

 

Top 5 Tips You Need to Know for Tummy Time

Tummy time gives bubs a chance to play on their tummies. It is recommended for every bub, every day, at a very early stage. But what exactly is it and how is it done? Here are easy to understand tips and explanations on what you need to know.

1. Tummy time is a workout for your bub

​​Practicing tummy time helps bubs develop the muscles necessary to lift their heads and, eventually, to sit up, crawl and walk. They are also developing their motor skills when they reach out for their toys and it helps to prevent flat spots from forming on the back of your bub’s head. Tummy time also gives bubs a new perspective on the world, which develops their thinking.

2. Start early

It is recommended that tummy time starts the very day your bub comes home from the hospital. You don’t need much to start with - just a clean, firm surface, and make sure you supervise carefully. If your bub falls asleep, remember to always roll them onto their back.

3. 30 minutes for tummy time

Aim for 30 minutes of tummy time a day, but this doesn’t have to be all at once! This can be done in two or three sessions a day to break it up and as your bub gets older, tummy time can go for longer, since they need more time to build up their strength.

4. There are options for bub’s that hate tummy time

Lots of bubs hate tummy time at first, but most begin to tolerate and enjoy it overtime. In the meantime, there are ways to make your bub get more comfortable with tummy time.

  • Try shorter sessions throughout the day. Aim for 1 to 2 minutes and increase the time once they become more comfortable.
  • Use your chest as a surface for tummy time. This can be done by lying on your back and placing your bub on your chest. Move them back to tummy time on the floor once they get comfortable with this position.
  • Place your bub across your thighs while you sit and sing to them.
  • Switch up to another location for tummy time. Sometimes a change in scenery is enough to keep tummy time tolerable.
5. Rolling after tummy time

Once your bub begins to roll over by themselves, they will be able to move between tummy time and other positions. This occurs around 6 to 7 months, but if your bub isn’t rolling by themselves by then - there’s nothing to worry about, just keep up tummy time and they’ll get there. 

Tummy time prepares your bub for the exciting developmental stages as they begin to grow. It’s an exciting time, so keep your eye on the prize and log that tummy time now!


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