Since the “Back to Sleep” campaign was introduced in 1994, where infants are placed on their backs for sleeping, there has been a decrease in the amount of time babies spend on their tummy. Whilst placing infants on their back is extremely important in reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), tummy time is equally as important.
Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play
From a neurological perspective, it is vitally important that babies (from three weeks of age) start to have short bursts of tummy time. This is time spent lying on their tummies and holding their heads up. This simple act builds up their neck muscles and activates brain pathways which are critical for balance, co-ordination and cognitive development.
Tummy Time Tips
- Lay your baby on your chest and talk to them, this encourages them to lift their heads and look you.
- Tummy time is at each nappy change; roll them on their tummy for a few seconds.
It is extremely important you are with them through tummy time and engage with them, making sure they lift their head up and encourage eye contact. Remember, short bursts (30 seconds) more often is best.
Tummy time also helps reduce the incidence of “flat head” or Deformational Plagiocephaly. This will be discussed in my next blog.
CHIROPRACTOR BRIGHTON – BRIGHTON WELLNESS GROUP