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.
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.
Sources: Michelle Emmanuel, http://www.tummytimemethod.com/for-parents.html
Lisa Dana, http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/08252011top-5-reasons-for-tummy-time
Birth and Bodywork, LLC
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