The Importance of Tummy Time for Baby Development: A Comprehensive Guide to Tummy Time and Milestones
Tips for Parents from Pediatric Care Experts
Learn how tummy time can help your baby reach important developmental milestones and promote healthy growth. Get tips and guidance from pediatric care experts.
As a parent, you want to give your baby the best possible start in life. One of the most important things you can do is to promote healthy development. Regular tummy time is one of the most effective ways to do this.
What is Tummy Time?
Tummy time is the practice of placing your baby on their stomach while they are awake and supervised. This position helps to strengthen the neck, shoulder, and arm muscles, which are essential for developing gross motor skills such as crawling, rolling, and sitting up.
Tummy time also helps prevent flat spots on the back of the head and improves visual development, as it allows your baby to look around and engage with their environment from a new perspective.
When to Start Tummy Time
It’s recommended to start tummy time from day one, as long as your baby is healthy and has no medical conditions that would prevent them from being placed on their stomach. Starting with short periods of tummy time, a few minutes at a time, and gradually increasing the duration can help your baby get stronger and more comfortable.
Milestones and the Importance of Tummy Time
Tummy time is essential for helping your baby reach important developmental milestones. Here are some of the most common milestones and when they typically occur:
Head control: From the first few days of life, babies can briefly lift their heads when placed on their stomachs. Around 3 months, babies can hold their heads up for longer periods and turn it from side to side.
Rolling over: Around 4-6 months, babies can start rolling from their belly to their back and vice versa.
Sitting: Around 6-8 months, babies can sit with support and then without support.
Crawling and creeping: Starting at 8-10 months, babies can begin to move around by crawling or creeping.
Standing and walking: Starting at 9-12 months, babies can begin to stand with support and then without support, and take their first steps around 12-15 months.
Providing regular tummy time can help your baby develop the strong muscles and coordination needed to achieve these milestones. By getting down on the floor with your baby during tummy time and using toys or mirrors to encourage them to lift their head and engage with their surroundings, you can make this important activity fun and engaging for your little one.
Tummy Time and SIDS Prevention
Tummy time not only promotes your baby’s development but can also reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS, but when babies are awake, they should spend time on their stomachs to promote muscle development and avoid spending too much time on their backs
Tummy time is an essential activity for your baby’s development and should be incorporated into their daily routine from an early age. Providing your baby with regular tummy time can help them develop strong muscles, good posture, and healthy cognitive and motor skills, and help them reach important developmental milestones. Remember to always supervise your baby during tummy time and make it a fun and engaging experience for them.
At our clinic, we specialize in paediatric care and can provide you with more information and guidance on how to promote your baby’s development.