Tummy Time 101: Everything You Need to Know


Welcome, parents! Today, we’re diving into the world of tummy time – an important activity for your little one’s development. Tummy time is a great way to help your baby strengthen their neck, back, and shoulder muscles. Here’s everything you need to know to make tummy time enjoyable and beneficial for your child.

What is Tummy Time?

Tummy time is simply placing your baby on their stomach while they are awake and supervised. It’s recommended to start tummy time from day one, even if your baby doesn’t seem to enjoy it at first. Gradually increasing tummy time sessions can help your baby get used to the position and reap the benefits.

Benefits of Tummy Time

Tummy time is essential for your baby’s development. It helps strengthen their neck, shoulder, and back muscles, which are important for achieving milestones like crawling and sitting up. Tummy time also helps prevent flat spots on your baby’s head and promotes sensory development.

How to do Tummy Time

Here are some tips to make tummy time enjoyable for your baby:

  • Start with short sessions, a few minutes at a time, and gradually increase as your baby gets more comfortable.

  • Use colorful toys or a mirror to engage your baby and keep them entertained during tummy time.

  • Get down to your baby’s eye level to encourage them and provide reassurance.

  • Place a rolled-up towel under your baby’s chest to help them lift their head and upper body.

  • Don’t force tummy time if your baby is fussy, but try again later when they are in a better mood.

When to do Tummy Time

You can incorporate tummy time into your baby’s daily routine. Aim for at least 15-20 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day. You can do tummy time after diaper changes or naps, or whenever your baby is awake and alert.

Troubleshooting Tummy Time

If your baby is resistant to tummy time, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Here are some common issues and solutions:

  • If your baby fusses during tummy time, try placing a favorite toy or book in front of them to distract and encourage them.

  • If your baby spits up often during tummy time, try waiting until they have digested their milk before attempting it.

  • If your baby falls asleep during tummy time, gently roll them onto their back and try again later.


Tummy time may seem challenging at first, but with patience and consistency, it can become a fun and beneficial activity for your baby. Remember to always supervise your baby during tummy time and never leave them unattended. Soon enough, your little one will be lifting their head, reaching for toys, and enjoying their time on their tummy!


1. How often should I do tummy time with my baby?

It’s recommended to aim for at least 15-20 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day.

2. When is the best time to do tummy time?

You can do tummy time after diaper changes, naps, or whenever your baby is awake and alert.

3. What if my baby doesn’t seem to like tummy time?

Don’t worry if your baby initially resists tummy time. Start with short sessions and gradually increase as they get more comfortable.