Tummy Time!™ "How to"
- Select a tummy time spot in your home.
- Place a clean blanket on the floor. It may be helpful to pick a spot on carpet, area rug,
yoga mat or padded foam floor
- Place 1 or 2 age appropriate toys
- Lay your baby on his or her back to begin
- Engage your baby in back and forth interaction, for example, eye
contact, cooing, making different facial expressions. You are playing first, to warm your baby up for tummy time
- Be available for eye contact as much of the time as possible.
- Slowly roll your baby from their back to their tummy slowly. It
can be helpful to roll baby to his or her side first, and wait until it flows to roll into tummy time position
- You can sing or talk, make gentle playful noises, offer a toy
for looking at, etc. to keep baby engaged during Tummy Time!™. It may be very
helpful to lie down on your tummy with your baby. This benefits both of you, the baby has his mom/dad close
by and you get to spend some quality time with him or her
your baby starts to communicate they are ready to transition out of tummy time, by vocalizations or movements/facial expression,
gently tuck one arm underneath the chest and roll your baby to his or her side and then back. It is
supportive and loving to pick your baby up, hug him or her, and give lots of encouragement by hugging /holding baby close
to your heart, reassuring baby "You did it!" "Wow, you are amazing on your tummy !" etc.
- Then repeat for 5-15 minutes, depending upon your baby's abilities
Tummy Time!™ recommendations:
- 3-4 sessions per day
- 5-15 minutes per session to start.
- Gradually build up the minutes
Tummy Time!™ recommendations based on age:
old - spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day during awake periods.
old - spend a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 and a half hours per day during awake periods.
months old - spend a minimum of 1 - 2 hours per day during awake periods.
old - the majority of waking hours will be spent in tummy time or sitting / learning to sit. Babies should
learn to sit before they learn to stand.
Consider a consultation if you notice any of the following during TummyTime!:
- baby fusses or cries consistently during TummyTime!
arches his or her back consistently
- baby has difficulty turning
his or her head side to side
- baby is unable to touch their face
or mouth with a hand while in tummy time
spends less than 10 minutes per day doing TummyTime!
The KEY TO SUCCESS with TummyTime! is consistency. It's fairly easy to bring your baby to see me, we
usually have a great time during a session. The hard work comes when you go home. TummyTime! needs
to be done every day, several times a day. This is a big commitment, and one I know you can do!!!