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Dr. Kiya Movassaghi
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Tummy Time (Overview)

Tummy time placing your baby on their tummy for 30 minutes per day once the umbilical cord has fallen off. This decreases the risk of SIDS and increases baby's strength and muscle tone.


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When do I start "tummy time?"

When do I start "tummy time?"

As soon as possible: Tummy time can be started as soon as you come home with your infant. As long as your infant is awake and being supervised, you can place him on his tummy to help build upper body strength, prevent flattening of the head and increase awareness. ...Read more

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Dr. Kiya Movassaghi
52 doctors shared insights

Tummy Time (Overview)

Tummy time placing your baby on their tummy for 30 minutes per day once the umbilical cord has fallen off. This decreases the risk of SIDS and increases baby's strength and muscle tone.


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When should I start tummy time?

When should I start tummy time?

1/2 months: Usually by two weeks of age it is safe to give the baby supervised tummy time for 5-10 minutes at a time. The baby may be somewhat frustrated by this but this time is important for the baby to strengthen its neck and upper body and get some time off the back of his head. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby enjoy tummy time?

How can I help my baby enjoy tummy time?

Short sessions: Try doing multiple short sessions a day. Babies often will like tummy time for only a couple of minutes at a time -- this is ok-- just make sure you do it often. As they get older and stronger, it will become more fun. Make sure you set up toys and put your face in their line of sight. Never put your baby to sleep on their tummy. ...Read more

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When should I start giving my child tummy time?

When should I start giving my child tummy time?

Yes: Very brief, closely observed tummy time is acceptable from day 1 -- in fact, doctors look at newborns lying on their tummies all the time to assess head control and other things not visible from the front. The secret, of course, is (1) never leave them alone like that, (2) turn them over immediately when they appear tired or unhappy, and (3) never leave them alone lying on their tummy. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby have fun during tummy time?

How can I help my baby have fun during tummy time?

Offer fun toys: Tummy time is great for your baby's development. Provide bright, stimulating toys in front of your baby to encourage him/her to explore the environment. Talk to your baby and encourage frequent periods of tummy time daily. It appears that stimulation to your baby's hands may has long term benefits more than helping to turn over (such as helping with handwriting & fine motor skills later in life!). ...Read more

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How do I manage if my baby doesn't like "tummy time?"

How do I manage if my baby doesn't like "tummy time?"

Brief and frequent: Have frequent brief periods of tummy time, allowing slight frustration but stopping the tummy time if she gets really annoyed. Have stimulating toys nearby for her to look at, reach for and eventually scoot towards. Put a mirror in front of her when she's on her tummy. Pay attention to her cues and be flexible. ...Read more

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How many times per day should I have my baby do "tummy time"?

How many times per day should I have my baby do "tummy time"?

Often as can: As often as you can while awake. Start with 2-3 minutes aftwr each diaper change to remind yourself. Get down with baby to look at you and/or toys. Increase time and frequency as baby gets stronger. ...Read more

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My son is 9 weeks and we've been doing tummy time, but we're not exactly sure what we're supposed to do. Do we just let him do whatever and watch?

My son is 9 weeks and we've been doing tummy time, but we're not exactly sure what we're supposed to do.  Do we just let him do whatever and watch?

Tummy time: By being on his tummy he strengthen his neck , head and back muscles, he learns to control his head better and helps to round his head. On his tummy he also is expanding his vistas. ...Read more

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Why should I give my baby tummy time?

Why should I give my baby tummy time?

Strengthen chest/arm: Babies who learn to sleep on their back often fuss if you place them on their belly, yet tummy time will help with muscle strength in chest & arms for later as they start to roll over. They can acquire this after learning to roll over but may briefly seem ackward or delayed. I wouldn't lose any sleep over the issue & prefer to avoid battles when baby makes a big fuss every time. They will catch up. ...Read more

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When I put my baby on tummy time she throws up, she is 4 month. ?

When I put my baby on tummy time she throws up, she is 4 month. ?

REFLUX: Spit up or reflux increases if placing pressure on abdomen when stomach is full. Babies need lots of tummy time to increase muscle strength and avoid head flattening. To avoid spit up first burp every 5 min during breast feed, for 30 sec each, or burp every 1/2 to 1 oz if formua fed, then keep upright after feeds for 20 min. Then try tummy time. Or try tummy time for the 30 min before next fee. ...Read more

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