Tummy time: Helping your baby

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Learn about the benefits of tummy time and how to encourage your baby to spend supervised awake time on their stomach.

Key points

  • Babies should sleep on their backs. Their heads should be turning to the left and right while sleeping to avoid flattened head syndrome.
  • Babies should spend a total of about 1.5 hours (90 minutes) every day on their tummies while awake. This can be spread out over many short periods of tummy time.
  • Tummy time prevents head deformities and promotes healthy child development.
  • There are many ways to help your baby enjoy tummy time.
Last updated: June 18th 2024