Tummy Time Exercises for Infants

Tummy time is critical to a baby’s development. Here are 3 Tummy Time Exercises that will help your baby meet their milestones with some prompting from you.

Tummy time is critical to a baby’s development. Since the “Back to Sleep Campaign” babies have lost about 12 hours a day on their tummies. The campaign has successfully decreased SIDS deaths by 50%  (CDC, NCHS) but now parents have to work harder to provide their newborns tummy time. Back to sleep babies show delayed motor, social, cognitive and motor skill development.

So how do we work within the back to sleep guidelines for the optimal health and well-being of our babies? Below I outline three tummy time exercises that do just that: 

  1. Front Carry: Hold baby facing away from you, supporting him/her around their rib-cage  With their bottom tucked into your belly, tilt their trunk forward so that it is parallel with the ground. This will encourage the baby to look forward, strengthening the muscles in the back of the neck and along the spine. The more horizontal the baby is, the more difficult it will be for them to lift and hold their head. Lift the baby’s trunk up every 30-60 seconds to give them a break.
  2. Baby on Shins: Lay on your back with your legs bent so that your shins are parallel to the ground. Lay the baby on your shins with their head hanging off your knees and holding onto their hands. This is a great alternative as you can look at the baby as well as move your legs to entertain the baby (similar to airplanes). This is also a good core exercise for mommy!
  3. Baby on Lap: Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you (support your back on the wall if necessary) and lay your baby across your legs with their head hanging off one side of your thigh. This is an effective exercise because you can easily move a toy with one hand to encourage them to look around and strengthen the baby’s neck muscles.

Want to learn more? Join me April 19th, 2018 at Famiizuu’s Little Cubs program for a guided demonstration with the class.



Dr. Sarah Chajka believes that Chiropractic care is beneficial to all. Her upbringing in an active family and years of discipline through sport and dance have reinforced this as well as witnessing the transforming effect of chiropractic treatment on all ages. While working at the Health Centre of Milton she has further developed her interest in preventative health and healing and has taken extra courses in order to give specialized attention to pregnancy and paediatrics. For more information visit the clinic website at www.healthcentreofmilton.ca

Dr. Sarah Chajka, HBKin, DC, Webster Certified
Health Centre of Milton


420 Main St E. Unit 102 &103
Milton Ontario
L9T 1P9

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