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  • Writer's pictureJustin Prenioslo

The Importance of Tummy Time for Infant Development

Tummy time is not just a cute pose for adorable baby photos – it's a vital aspect of your baby's development. This simple activity plays a crucial role in strengthening muscles, promoting motor skills, and preventing flat spots on your baby's head. In this blog post, we'll delve into the importance of tummy time and provide creative ideas to make it enjoyable for both you and your baby.

Baby in tummy time in their own home surprised by the camera.

The Benefits of Tummy Time

Tummy time offers a myriad of benefits for your baby's development:

  • Strengthens neck, shoulder, and arm muscles

  • Promotes motor skills, including crawling and rolling

  • Helps prevent flat spots on the back of the head

  • Encourages sensory exploration and spatial awareness

  • Builds core muscles necessary for sitting and standing

Creative Ideas for Tummy Time

Tummy time doesn't have to be limited to lying flat on the floor. Here are some creative ideas to spice up your tummy time routine:

  1. On a Couch or Table: Place your baby on the surface and sit in front of them to give them a better chance at looking at your face. This will help them to engage for longer.

  2. On an Exercise Ball: Gently roll your baby back and forth on an exercise ball while supporting their chest and hips. The gentle movement can add an extra element of fun to tummy time.

  3. On Your Own Legs: Place them on your legs with your knees bent and their arms close to your knees. Use your legs to gently elevate and lower your baby, providing a dynamic tummy time experience.

  4. Propped on a Towel: Fold a soft towel and place it under your baby's chest for added support during tummy time. This slight elevation can make tummy time more comfortable and enjoyable.

Consistency is Key

Remember, consistency is key when it comes to tummy time. Aim for frequent attempts throughout the day, even if they're short. Short bursts of tummy time will start to add up and contribute to your baby's overall development. Over time, your baby will become more comfortable and confident during tummy time sessions.

Expert Tips for Success

  • Start tummy time early, ideally within the first few weeks of life.

  • Stay close and provide plenty of encouragement and support during tummy time sessions.

  • Use high contrast toys or mirrors to capture your baby's attention and make tummy time more engaging.

  • Gradually increase the duration of tummy time as your baby grows stronger and more accustomed to the position.


Tummy time is a simple yet powerful activity that lays the foundation for your baby's physical development. By incorporating creative ideas and staying consistent with tummy time, you can help your baby build essential skills and reach important milestones. Embrace the journey of tummy time and enjoy watching your little one grow and thrive!

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