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Why tummy time is important

Placing a baby on their tummy (tummy time)  is crucial for their development. When babies are on their tummy, they need to look up and move their head around to see objects and people. This position helps build babies head and upper body strength, and this will assist them to sit up, roll over, crawl and walk.

Most experts recommend starting tummy time as soon as your baby is home from hospital so that they can get used to it from a young age. Some moms wait a few weeks until the umbilical cord has fallen off, since this can be uncomfortable for baby.
Your baby may dislike tummy time at first because it’s unfamiliar, they can’t see you, and so they might feel abandoned. For this reason, it’s best to keep the initial sessions short. Start with a minute or two several times a day and increase to three to five minutes a few times a day. Do this until your baby has up to an hour of  tummy time before they turn four months old.

Read or download the Ackermans Baby Magazine online and flip to page 15 to  find out  how you can set up tummy time in three easy steps.

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