One of the most important activities your baby should be doing from week 1 until crawling is tummy time.  It doesn’t take long to do, but it helps with neck and chest strength and can help resolve minor cases of torticollis.  

There are a lot of parents, however who are not given instruction on how to help their baby get their needed exercise.  I break it down here for you.

  1. Tummy time should be done several times a day for a few minutes at a time to start.  
  2. An (awake) adult’s chest is the best place to start.  Often babies tolerate this better than laying on a mat on the floor.
  3. Stop once baby gets fussy.  We want this to be fun, not unpleasant.
  4. Starting about middle of the first week is ideal.

We hope you’ve found this information helpful and you are able to guide your new baby through tummy time in a way that works for both you and your baby.

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