Tummy time and safe sleep go together hand in hand. When we tell parents that their baby should not sleep on their stomachs, some parents fear that the stomach position may be dangerous even when the baby is awake. This is simply not true!
Tummy time is good for your baby for many reasons! Tummy time promotes the healthy development of your baby. Through exposing your baby to tummy time, you are ensuring the proper development of your baby’s fine and gross motor skills. It also helps prevent your baby from developing plagiocephaly or “flat head syndrome.”
It is always important to remember that tummy time is for when the baby is awake and supervised. If a baby falls asleep during tummy time, they should be relocated into their crib and placed flat on their back.
REMEMBER: TUMMY TO PLAY, BACK TO SLEEP!
Look at the graphic below from our friends at Baby Begin to learn about all of the benefits of tummy time!
Did you know that tummy time doesn’t always have to be done on the floor? Laying your baby on his or her stomach on your lap can also count as tummy time! Watch the video below from Baby Begin to learn some things you can do with your baby during tummy time!
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our friends at Baby Begin for letting us use their graphic and video!