Tummy Time!™ Method Tips
- Select a tummy time spot in your home.
a clean blanket on the floor. It may be helpful to pick a spot on carpet, area rug, yoga mat or padded foam
- Place 1 or 2 age appropriate toys and a baby safe mirror near
you. The younger the baby the less toys are needed. Babies really enjoy gazing at your face
- Do 5 tummy time sessions a day
- Be relaxed and available
for eye contact as much of the time as possible.
- You can sing or
talk, make gentle playful noises, offer a toy for looking at, etc. to keep baby engaged during Tummy Time!™.
It may be very helpful to lie down on your tummy with your baby.
- It is supportive and loving to pick your baby up, hug him or her, and give lots of encouragement
by hugging /holding baby close to your heart, reassuring baby "You did it!" "Wow, you are amazing
on your tummy !" etc.
- Do not watch the clock. Focus on quality,
not quantity of tummy time minutes
- If you are having trouble fitting 5 sessions
a day, "do it every diaper change"... roll baby in and out of tummy time for 1 minute each diaper change... this
really adds up!
Hold Baby and Lower to
Roll baby into tummy time
the Observer, play, sing, engage
Notice Peak of Excitability (that moment when something needs
to change for baby)
Prepare arm and roll out of tummy time
Rest, Relax, Rest
REDO! Rolling baby in and out4-5 times
each TTM session....5 sessions a day!!!
IT"S LIKE 5 veggies and fruits a
Tummy Time!™ recommendations
based on age:
Newborn-2 months old - spend a minimum of 30 minutes
per day during awake periods.
2-4 months old - spend a minimum of 45 minutes to 1 and a
half hours per day during awake periods.
4-6 months old - spend a minimum of
1 - 2 hours per day during awake periods.
6-8 months old - the majority of waking hours
will be spent in tummy time or sitting / learning to sit. Babies should learn to sit before they learn to stand.