Tummy time helps baby develop motor skills like crawling, reaching, and rolling over while strengthening the muscles in her neck, back, arms, and shoulders. Getting baby off her back also helps her skull set properly. If she fusses, try tiny increments of a few minutes each throughout the day rather than one longer stretch. It also might help to get down on the ground with her — entertain her with toys, or try lying on your back and putting her face down on top of your tummy. When bedtime rolls around, though, it's back on the back for baby (SIDS is still a risk for babies who sleep on their tummy).
[tip] Lay baby on a soft, warm surface, whip out some baby oil or lotion (nothing with a strong scent that may irritate baby's skin), warm it up in your hands, and help baby de-stress with a little massage from mommy.
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All medical information reviewed by Dr. Paula Prezioso of Pediatric Associates in New York City
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