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Tummy-Time for BabiesTummy Time

In 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published recommendations to put babies on their back when sleeping. This resulted in a large reduction of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) cases. The AAP's "Back to Sleep - Tummy to Play" campaign encourages babies to have play time on their tummies to help them with growth and development.

Tummy time allows babies to develop head control and upper body strength needed to crawl and do other important developmental activities. It is important to place your newborn on the tummy several times a day. As your baby grows and gets stronger, increase tummy time.


How Much Tummy-Time?

Beginning on the first day home from the hospital or in the family child care home or center, play and interact with the baby while he is awake and on his tummy 2 to 3 times each day for a short period of time, increasing the amount of time as the baby shows he enjoys the activity. A great time to do this is following a diaper change or when the baby wakes up from a nap.

Tummy Time prepares babies for the time when they will be able to slide on their bellies and crawl. As babies grow older and stronger they will need more time on their tummies to build their own strength.

At first, some babies may not like the tummy time position. Place yourself or a toy in front of the baby to play with. Eventually your baby will enjoy tummy time and begin to enjoy play in this position.

 

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Further Reading

Sleep Safe Brochure

Tummy Time Brochure

Tummy Time YouTube Video


Tummy Time Tip Sheets

Birth to 2 Months

3-4 Months

6 Months

9 Months

12 Months

15-18 Months

24 Months

3-4 Years


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848  

ATUPA

 

MENU
menu

Tummy-Time for BabiesTummy Time

In 1992 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published recommendations to put babies on their back when sleeping. This resulted in a large reduction of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) cases. The AAP's "Back to Sleep - Tummy to Play" campaign encourages babies to have play time on their tummies to help them with growth and development.

Tummy time allows babies to develop head control and upper body strength needed to crawl and do other important developmental activities. It is important to place your newborn on the tummy several times a day. As your baby grows and gets stronger, increase tummy time.


How Much Tummy-Time?

Beginning on the first day home from the hospital or in the family child care home or center, play and interact with the baby while he is awake and on his tummy 2 to 3 times each day for a short period of time, increasing the amount of time as the baby shows he enjoys the activity. A great time to do this is following a diaper change or when the baby wakes up from a nap.

Tummy Time prepares babies for the time when they will be able to slide on their bellies and crawl. As babies grow older and stronger they will need more time on their tummies to build their own strength.

At first, some babies may not like the tummy time position. Place yourself or a toy in front of the baby to play with. Eventually your baby will enjoy tummy time and begin to enjoy play in this position.

 

INFO BAR


Further Reading

Sleep Safe Brochure

Tummy Time Brochure

Tummy Time YouTube Video


Tummy Time Tip Sheets

Birth to 2 Months

3-4 Months

6 Months

9 Months

12 Months

15-18 Months

24 Months

3-4 Years


Contact Us
Clinton County Health Department
Health Care Services Division
(518) 565-4848  

ATUPA