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Families

Babies need tummy time

Safe sleep for newborn baby practices are extremely important because sleeping can be the only time your baby is completely unsupervised. While your baby is awake a supervised, tummy time is crucial for reaching key developmental milestones such as learning to crawl and moving around.

 

Babies need supervised awake tummy time 2-3 times every day for 3-5 minutes. At first your baby may not like tummy time. However, making small environment adjustments such as putting a favorite toy close by for your baby to reach out to will help ease the transition of going from back to stomach.

 

tummy time Tips

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• Just because you put your baby to sleep on their back doesn't mean tummy time isn't important!

 

• Babies need awake tummy time  every day with an adult.

 

• Tummy time helps babies learn to crawl and move around.

 

• Some babies might not like tummy time at first. Put a toy close by for them to reach out and play with.

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