Tummy time is a vital part of your baby’s development and overall wellbeing. It helps to strengthen their neck, shoulder, and back muscles as well as support head control and coordination. But when should you start tummy time? Let’s take a look at some important things to consider.
Age recommendations for tummy time
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should spend time on their tummies for three to five minutes two to three times per day, starting from the first week after birth.
This recommendation is based on research that shows that tummy time helps reduce the risk of flat heads in newborns, a condition medically known as plagiocephaly.
When should you start?
It’s generally advised that you start introducing your baby to tummy time once they are alert and awake.
To begin, aim for sessions lasting about two minutes at a time for two or three times per day.
As your baby becomes more comfortable with being on their tummy, you can gradually increase the time spent on their tummy up to five minutes per session.
What if my baby doesn’t like being on their tummy?
It’s totally normal if your baby doesn’t take well to being put on their stomach initially, hey may cry or become agitated whenever you do it.
To make the experience more enjoyable for them, give them something interesting such as a toy or mirror to look at while they’re on their belly.
Hold the baby close to your chest first, so they can become accustomed to the position. Then, carefully lay them down on the floor or mat face-down.
Additionally, try placing a rolled-up blanket underneath their chest so they feel more secure while having tummy time.
Finally, with regular practice, your little one will eventually become accustomed and even enjoy tummy time!
Don’t forget that it’s important not only for physical development but also social interaction as it gives babies an opportunity to explore and interact with people around them while simultaneously strengthening different muscles in their body.
Just remember that doing it safely is key, never leave your baby unattended during tummy time sessions!
So go ahead and have fun making this precious bonding experience one that both you and your little one will love!