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Is it safe to put my baby on its tummy?

Tummy time is good for your baby and helps them to develop their neck muscles. Start off with 1-2 minutes, two or three times per day. You can build up to 15 minutes a few times daily over the months. Your baby will spend most of its time lying on its back, which can lead to a misshapen head, or flat spots on the back of the head, so tummy time will help prevent this. If your baby does not like tummy time, try laying them across your knee or propping them up with a rolled-up towel underneath their chest.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Sleep and newborn babies


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