Tummy time: Helping your baby

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You can position your infant on their stomach while they are awake and supervised to prevent head deformities and promote healthy child development. Learn about the benefits of tummy time, and how to encourage it for your child.

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. 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: March 5th 2010