How to Do Tummy Time with Your Baby
Tummy to Tummy or Tummy to Chest
Lie down on the floor or a bed, flat or propped up on pillows. Place baby on your chest or tummy, so that you’re face-to-face. Always hold firmly for safety.
Tummy Down Carry or Football Hold
Position one hand under the tummy and between the legs and carry baby tummy down. Use other hand to support baby’s head and neck. Nestle baby close to your body to help get baby accustomed to the position.
Place baby face down across your lap to burp or soothe them. A hand on baby’s bottom will help steady and calm them
Get down level with your baby to encourage eye contact. Roll up and place a blanket under the chest and upper arms for added support.
Place your baby on tummy for one or two minutes after every diaper change. Start a few minutes at a time and try to work up to an hour a day in shorter intervals by the end of three months.
What Should I Do If My Baby Hates Tummy Time?
Use these tips to make Tummy Time more enjoyable:
- Make sure all caregivers know Tummy Time is a normal part of baby’s daily routine.
- Try doing Tummy Time when baby is most happy.
- Avoid Tummy Time immediately after feeding.
- Use time on the floor to play an alternative to baby being in a carrier or bouncy seat.
- Sing songs during Tummy Time to calm and soothe baby.
- Use rattles, toys, and mirrors to encourage visual tracking.
- Get down on the floor at baby’s eye level. Baby loves your face!
Don’t get discouraged. Every bit of Tummy Time makes a difference.
If you have done plenty of Tummy Time with baby, but are concerned they are not meeting their milestones, bring your concerns to baby’s pediatrician or health care provider