To Tummy Time or Not to Tummy Time, That is the Question

I don’t talk much about DD so I thought I would dedicate this post to her. DD is two months old and not a fan of tummy time. What is tummy time you might ask if your children were born before about 1994 or your are not a parent. Tummy time is when you place your baby on their tummy during the day with a very watchful eye. Babies are no longer allowed to sleep on their stomachs, only their backs to help reduce SIDS. Tummy time is to help build those arm muscles to help with crawling later and holding their heads up. Tummy time in our house is also known as a very unhappy time but I sneak it in as much as possible.

An infant should get about ten minutes of tummy time a day according to my pediatrician. Well I’m a bit crazy and I try for an hour a day. I will lay DD on my chest and let her lift her head up. I also don’t do the entire hour in one sitting, I do it over the course of the day. As soon as she was born I started it. It paid off. At one month old she could hold her head up as well as a three month old. Out pediatrician was quite impressed when DD displayed that skill at her one month appointment. At five and a half weeks she was already rolling over from her back to her stomach. I like to give tummy time credit for those skills.

A recent study came out that is possible that tummy time is no longer needed. It stated that children studied after the back to sleep campaign “have not adversely affected motor development.” Maybe, maybe not but I have seen what tummy time has done verse non tummy time. My niece was not given much tummy time and at two months had no head control at all. I remember having to really hold her head for her when holding her. DD doesn’t need as much help as my niece did. I’m no doctor but just comparing the two with tummy time, I saw that tummy time was very helpful. I will continue to do tummy time because I think it makes a difference.