When Does Baby Need to Start Having Tummy Time?

Updated on November 17, 2010
M.!. asks from Boulder, CO
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So, just had baby # 3 and she is AWESOME! She is doing great. My husband suggested letting her have tummy time, but I thought it was a bit early. Honestly, I can not remember with the first 2 when we started tummy time. My newborn is only 1 week old. Is it too early?


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answers from St. Louis on

I started tummy time with my first the first day we were home! Then someone told me to wait until their cord fell off, so I did that! With my 2nd, I started him once it fell off - so about a week or two old. Congratulations!

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answers from Detroit on

When my DD was a newborn that age, we often just let her nap on her tummy on top of our tummies or chests if we were laying on the couch. I think that would be a fine way to introduce a little "tummy time".

Congrats on your new little one! :)

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answers from Boise on

I was told it was never too early, but I waited until the cord fell off. They did nap on my belly though.

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answers from Chicago on

Nope - not too early, but small amounts at this age!

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answers from Denver on

Third time mommy,

It is never toO late for development with your baby. It is okay to start tummy time now just began in 1-2 minute increments
Tummy time encourages an infant to lift his or her head, a movement that strengthens the muscles of the neck and upper back.
Spending time on their stomach also helps a baby's head develop its conventional roundness.
Here is a website that is very helpful

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answers from Dallas on

Mommy, start tummy time from Day 1!! That is my first advice to new Moms. If you don't, she will hate it, I promise. I didn't start my first on tummy time early enough and she hated being on her tummy! The 2nd one, I started right away, just less than a minute at a time, and she never minded being on her tummy, in fact she preferred it.

Enjoy your baby!

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answers from Huntsville on

I started early and it honest helped my son get 'advanced' in helping with holding up his head and stuff. But it also turned him into a tummy sleeper...I had lots of problems with the doctor say NO. He has slept on his tummy from almost day one and aside from the car seat will NOT sleep any other way.

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answers from Kansas City on

You can start now, but remember tummy time is also considered the time when you're holding her and her tummy is against your chest, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you do give her tummy time, like laying on the bed or something, be with her and don't leave her alone, I'm too much of a SIDS worrier to suggest otherwise! Congrats!

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answers from Chicago on

We just recently had our 3rd baby as well. I believe at our 3 week (1 month?) appointment, our ped said to start trying tummy time. I was shocked. I didn't remember doing it that early with my other 2.

But, it was good. She HATED it at first (don't they all?). She is almost 4 months now and she can be on her tummy for almost 5 minutes. I agree with the mom that said no more than a minute or 2 right now and yes, time in your chest counts as well.

Congrats on #3!!

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answers from Washington DC on

I would wait until baby is able to support her head.

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answers from Chattanooga on

We were told that starting tummy time from day 1 is the best... unfortunately my DD's clavicle was broken during delivery (Poor little girl...) so she had to have her arm pinned down for the first 2 weeks of her life, and couldn't do tummy time until around 4 weeks... after that she got quite a bit, but her head is flat on the back now from laying on it so much... She's 6 months old now, and may need a helmet to correct it if it doesn't improve on it's own soon...

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answers from Austin on

I have a 7 week old. Our pedi told me to start tummy time at her 4-week appointment, try for a total of 15 minutes each day (obviously, broken up in short intervals). She's doing well with it. Instead of putting her on the floor, I use a crescent/boppy pillow and lay her abdomen on it, so she's at an angle and can push her chest up with her arms. Put one of those black & white infant toy mats down and she can practice focusing her sight at the same time. She lasts 3-5 minutes right now.



answers from Columbus on

Tummy time is very important. Its helps with the baby's neurological develpment. I have a 4 year old that has some retained infant reflexes and has caused some develpmental delays as a result. One of the theroies as why more and more kids are having these is the lack of tummy time. I worked until he was about a year old and thinking back I know for a fact that my daycare provider never took him out of the carrier except to move him to a swing or an exersaucer. I cannot recall once seeing any of the babies having any tummy time. So as long as you are watching it is okay to put them on their tummy.

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