Many parents hear Tummy Time is important and know doing Tummy Time helps baby build muscles and skills to meet their future motor milestones. But how do you know baby is making progress during Tummy Time? Use these abilities to ensure baby is continuing to develop though Tummy Time. Don’t forget: baby should be continuing to spend longer amounts of time on their tummy.

3 Months:

  • Begins to put weight on arms, but elbows are behind their shoulders (at a 45 degree angle)
  • Gains head control and is able to lift head between 45 to 90 degrees, without tilting head to either side
  • Spends a total of 1 hour each day in Tummy Time (in spurts)
  • Starts to visually track toys or rattles you move around during Tummy Time

Tip at 3 Months: Place baby tummy down on an exercise ball holding their sides for support. Slowly move the ball towards and away from you allowing baby to lift and hold their head easier.

Make Tummy Time fun by singing songs to calm them and use rattles, toys, and mirrors to encourage visual tracking.