Tummy Time

child on tummy looking into mirror

Tummy time is essential in a baby’s daily routine. It should be done multiple times a day in small amounts. There are plenty of variations to help develop new skills and help babies learn. 

Set up

Parents can set up a space with toys, cushions and blankets for baby to explore. Lay baby down in the space, parent should also be able to lie or sit down next to the baby. Try to explore different surfaces and areas, such as on a blanket outside, or on a play mat inside.

Baby can also have tummy time whilst lying on parent’s chest, lap or arms.

How to play
Step 1
  • Let baby play with toys or explore their surrounds whilst on their tummy
Step 2
  • Encourage engagement with their surrounds by using different materials such as toys of varying shapes, and sizes
Step 3
  • Talk, sing and play with baby
Make it easier
  • For young babies, place a rolled-up towel under their chest
Make it harder
  • Try activities such as Magic Carpet to incorporate stability and balance
  • Try activities such as Toy Dangles to encourage head lifts
Activity information
Age: 0-12 months, 1-2 years
Equipment: Variety of objects (optional)
Skill focus
Explore these skills for teaching tips
Physical literacy tips
  • Lie baby on top of something that can move, such as a trampoline or mattress
  • Use unbreakable mirrors for baby to look at – encouraging head lifts
  • Place new toys and objects down for baby to explore