• 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
Activities that provide tummy time for your children:
1- Sit your baby on your lap, facing you. Provide support as needed, and encourage the baby to hold his head up and centered. Turn his head equally to both sides. It's a good position for feeding.
2- Lie on the floor with your baby, face-to-face. Help your baby push up on his elbows to lift his head to look at you.
3- Provide support under the chest to make lifting the head in the middle easier.
4- Place toys in front of your baby while he is lying on his belly to encourage reaching and playing with both hands. Your baby may begin propping up on both arms and moving around the floor on his belly. Your baby may also begin to crawl from this position.
5- While watching TV or visiting with friends, place your baby on his tummy over your lap. Change the baby’s position to encourage looking to both sides.
For more information see http://www.orthomerica.com/pdf/tummytimetools.pdf