Newborn-2 months old – spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day during awake periods 
2-4 months old – spend a minimum of 45-90 minutes per day during awake periods
4-6 months old – spend a minimum of 1-2 hours per day during awake periods
6-8 months old – the majority of waking hours will be spent in tummy time or sitting/learning to sit

  • 60-minute TummyTime! group class, $10.00/drop-in, $35/four-week series
  • 90-minute private TummyTime! session and infant consultation, $30.00-$70.00

The TummyTime!™ Method


TummyTime! Class

  • It helps strengthen the baby’s neck, back and trunk muscles, and helps build arm and hand function. Babies need strong muscle groups in order to sit, crawl and walk.

  • TummyTime!™ also helps with visual development as your baby learns to track movement and focus on objects. This builds visual motor skills such as looking up, binocular vision, and moving the eyes side to side independent of head movements.

  • It facilitates sensory skills: baby's hand to mouth as well as sensory input to face, mouth, lips and tongue all happen easily in tummy time.

  • Belly lying eases tummy function, helps to reduce reflux and gas, and promotes optimal bowel movements.

  • TummyTime!™ optimizes tongue and oral function; on his/her belly is the best position for baby to engage in strengthening tongue and oral skills for optimal latch and feeding.​
  • It promotes bonding and connection: engaging in back and forth facial expressions, vocalizing back and forth, smiling and encouraging touch helps babies feel safe and secure in tummy time.  When babies feel safe and secure, they can enjoy the experience of learning to move and play. ​
  •  TummyTime!™ will help avoid flathead syndrome. Babies who spend too much time on their backs or in baby recliners can develop flat spots on their heads, which is a condition also known as positional plagiocephaly. Babies who spend time on their tummies are also less likely to develop torticollis, which is a condition where the neck muscles tighten and pull the head in a specific direction.
  • Babies who spend time on their tummies look at the environment around them with a different perspective. Even before they are crawling, they can explore their world by rotating their head and rotating their bodies in different positions. This may ultimately help with cognitive development.

The TummyTime!™ Method is a scientific, evidenced informed program developed to uniquely address the needs of babies in the newborn to precrawling stage of life.  This method lends itself to healthy nervous system function, a strong bond between infants and their caregivers, and a calm and relaxed baby. Class lasts roughly one hour and welcomes drop-in participants.

TummyTime! ™ recommendations based on age:


Sources: Michelle Emmanuel,

               Lisa Dana,

  • Focus on QUALITY and quantity will happen easily
  • Quantity can also be snuck in: try incorporating a few minutes of TummyTime!™ at each diaper change, or let baby take a nap in TummyTime!™ during the day while you can observe him/her
  • 5-15 minutes per session to start, then gradually build up the time
  • The key to success with this method is the repetition and consistency, which help baby's nervous system feels safe and supported 
  • It's best to do the TummyTime!™ Method everyday, several times a day to build rich brain connections

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  • Select a TummyTime!™ spot in your home (stock a basket with blankets, burp rags, and fun toys like a baby mirror, rattles, and balls).
  •  It may be helpful to choose a spot on a carpet, area rug, yoga mat, or padded foam floor.
  • Place a clean blanket on the floor and lay your baby on his or her back to begin.
  • Engage your baby in back and forth interaction. Use eye contact, cooing, and make different facial expressions. You are playing first to warm your baby up for tummy time experiences.
  • Be available for eye gaze as much of the time as possible.
  • Slowly roll your baby from their back to their tummy.  It can be helpful to roll baby to his or her side first, and wait until it flows to roll into tummy time position.
  • You can sing or talk, make gentle playful noises, offer a toy for looking at, etc, to keep baby engaged during TummyTime! ™. 
  • It may be very helpful to lie down on your tummy with your baby.  This benefits both of you, the baby has his mom/dad close by and you get to spend some quality time with him or her.  Additionally, you will also reap the physiological benefits of TummyTime! ™ (see Benefits of TummyTime! ™)
  • When your baby starts to communicate they are ready to transition out of tummy time, by vocalizations or movements/facial expression, gently tuck one arm underneath the chest and roll your baby to his or her side and then back.
  • It is supportive and loving to pick your baby up, hug him or her, and give lots of encouragement by holding baby close to your heart.  Reassure your baby, “You did it!”  “Wow, you are amazing on your tummy!” etc.
  • Then repeat for 5-15 minutes, depending upon your baby’s abilities.

TUMMYTIME! ™ Method tips

Thursdays,   12:30-1:30pm

UPcoming  class dates:
October Series: October 4th, October 11th, October 18th, and October 25th 
December Series: November 29th, December 6th, December 13th, December 20th