Updated: Apr 3
Do babies really need tummy time? And what do you do if your baby hates tummy time? Should you just let your baby cry during it instead? No one likes to feel like they’re forcing their baby to endure physical discomfort, and when our babies make sounds of protest, our instinct is to make those noises stop.
As a new parent, you’ve no doubt been told by your doctor to always put your baby on their back every time they sleep or nap. So you might not realize that it's also important for your little one to spend some time on their belly while wide awake.
Starting in the 1990s, there was a big push to only lay babies on their backs to sleep to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The number of children dying from SIDS went down 50% but researchers also found some babies were slower to reach developmental milestones and developed flat spots on their heads called positional plagiocephaly.
This article explores the importance of tummy time and tips for making it a little more enjoyable for your little one…and you.