As a chiropractor, I often recommend tummy time as a way to support babies’ musculoskeletal development and overall health. By spending just a few minutes each day on their stomachs, babies can reap a variety of benefits that will set them up for a lifetime of healthy movement and development.
Tummy time helps to develop neck and shoulder muscles.
When babies are placed on their stomachs, they have to lift their heads to look around. This movement helps to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles, which are important for holding up their heads and eventually crawling.
Tummy time can reduce the risk of Plagiocephaly.
Babies who spend too much time on their backs can develop flat spots on their heads. Tummy time helps to alleviate this problem by giving the back of the head a break and allowing the front of the head to round out. Read our blog on Placiocephaly.
Tummy time encourages motor development.
As babies get stronger, they’ll start to push themselves up onto their hands and knees, which is an important step towards crawling. Tummy time also helps babies to learn how to roll over, sit up, and eventually stand and walk.
It can improve digestion.
When babies are on their stomachs, gravity helps to move gas and stool through their digestive system. This can help to reduce colic and constipation.
Supporting overall health and well-being.
Studies have shown that babies who spend more time on their stomachs have better head control, stronger muscles, and fewer developmental delays. Tummy time can also help babies to feel more confident and secure in their movements, which can lead to better overall health and well-being.
If your baby is struggling with tummy time or you are struggling with extending the period of time they are spending on their tummy, have a chat to one of our chiropractors. They are wealth of knowledge on how to make tummy time easier and more fun for you and your baby.