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Health Tip: Enjoying Tummy Time

Health Tip: Enjoying Tummy Time

01/12/11

(HealthDay News) -- Tummy time helps babies develop strong muscles, but your infant may be less than enthusiastic about the idea.

While an infant should always sleep on his or her back, tummy time is recommended when the baby is awake and being observed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to make tummy time more enjoyable for your little one:

  • Set a toy on the floor just beyond baby's reach to encourage reaching for it.
  • Surround baby with toys to encourage moving different muscles in different directions.
  • Lie on the floor and put baby on your chest. Baby should struggle to lift his or her head to better see your face.
  • As you or a caregiver look on, let another young child get down on the floor with baby during tummy time, as it can be fun for both children.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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