Get set for tummy time

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Get Set for Tummy Time

Benefits of tummy time: a great new way to play

Let's talk about baby tummy time.

This new play position – where your baby lies on their stomach – has loads of benefits, including building upper body strength and head control.

Most babies start with a face-plant (not much fun), but with your help, they can start to lift their head and enjoy the view.

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Tummy time together

Newborn tummy time starts with joining your little one on the mat. Young babies can only keep their head up for a short time, so it's important to stay close. Get ready to support them when they need it.

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Best times for tummy time

Your baby needs to be nice and calm before they get on the mat. Avoid tummy time after eating – try right after a nap or bath instead.

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Tummy time friends

Your baby's tummy time can be made fun and entertaining with the help of toys. Mirrors are a great distraction, while wedges like the Tummy Time Llama help develop your mini's stability.

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Practice makes tummy time perfect

Tummy time is a new skill for your baby. Practice every day and you'll soon see their confidence grow. Over time, they'll move on from the newborn tummy time stage, and your baby's neck and core strength will noticeably improve.

Tummy timeline

From 0-12 months, here’s how your little one’s confidence will grow:

Birth to 6 Months

Start off by trying tummy time with your newborn on your chest. Be sure to always support your baby's neck.

3 to 6 Months

Practice tummy time with your baby for a few minutes each day. Increase as their strength grows.

6 to 12 Months

Your baby might spend up to an hour on their tummy. Make room to allow them to push up or roll. Some of our favourite tummy time tips are to incorporate textures, sounds and toys to keep things interesting.

Baby tummy time exercises can be tricky. With you for support, lots of practice and, yes, maybe a few tears, your newborn will soon be a tummy time champ

– especially with our easy-to-follow tips.