Tummy Time: Tips for Parents
Tummy Time Tools provides parents with ideas and activities to make sure your baby gets enough time on his tummy throughout the day, while he or she is awake and supervised.
These activities include handling, carrying, diapering, positioning, feeding, and playing with your baby.
Increasing the amount of time your baby lies on his tummy:
- Promotes muscle development in the neck and shoulders
- Helps prevent tight neck muscles and the development of flat areas on the back of the baby's head
- Helps build the muscles your baby needs to roll, sit, and crawl
Download and read the full brochure: New Moms: Tummy Time Tools (.pdf)
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To locate a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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Colleen Coulter-O'Berry, PT, MS, PCS, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Dulcey Lima, CO, OTR/L, Orthomerica Products, Inc.