Significance of Tummy TimeDr. Darshita Fatnani
Parents always give importance to a milestone like crawling and sitting. Before this child should meet the physical milestone like head lifting and rolling. To achieve this milestone parents should give the practice of tummy time to their babies. Daily practice helps babies develop strong neck, core, arm, and leg muscles.
Tummy time also encourages your little one to practice reaching and pivoting, skills that are often precursors to crawling. And research shows that a lack of tummy time can delay your baby from meeting physical development milestones like lifting her head, rolling over, sitting up, and more.
Spending time on the stomach also helps your baby avoid developing a flat spot on the back of his head & prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
When to start
- Begin at 2 weeks old with short sessions of 30 seconds to one minute. Try placing your newborn belly-down on your chest or across your lap so he gets accustomed to the position. “Many babies don’t enjoy tummy time at first, but gradually get comfortable on their stomachs as they build up strength.
- By 2 months old, aim for three 5-minute sessions daily on a flat, cushioned surface, like a playmat on the floor.
- By 3 or 4 months, your baby should be able to lift his chest off the floor and lean on his elbows with his head upright. He may even be able to lift his arms off the floor, arch his back, and kick his feet.
- After 4 months, your baby may be strong enough to start rolling over during tummy time. As your baby grows, strive for a minimum of 15 minutes of tummy time per day, while encouraging him to play longer. Once your child is rolling over and independently spending time on his stomach, usually by 6 months old, you can stop dedicated tummy time.
Important note- Tummy time should give while a baby is awake and while someone is watching.