Tummy time is really important for all newborn babies.
Back in the day when we were all tiny tots we would have all slept on our tummy, however it was realised in the 90’s that there was a link between babies sleeping on their tummy and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or Cot Death.
Thanks to this important finding it is now recommended that babies when sleeping are placed on their back in their cot or bed.
Tuumy time helps your baby to strengthen their neck muscles
So why then is tummy time so important? Well by placing your baby on their tummy (or a rug on the floor) for approx. 10-15 mins a day you are helping your baby to strengthen their neck muscles and prevent ‘Head Lag’or poor neck control.
Not only that but tummy time also helps your baby to recognise that they have two sides to their body so will help him/her to develop the crawling motion.
You can start tummy time from very early on when your baby is a newborn – but at this stage you would only lie them on their front for about 2 minutes at a time a couple of times a day. This can be on your chest or your lap before you work up to putting them down on a rug on the floor. As they get older you can increase the length of tummy time.
Word of warning
Most babies don’t tend to like being on their tummies for the first time, so it is important that you make it a positive experience! Lie with your baby – rub their back and speak gently to baby letting him/her know you are there to comfort them.
To find out more about tummy time why not contact Careline.