According to the National Day Nurseries Association recent research has shown that 19% of mothers with children under six-months-old never put their babies on their fronts to play.
Babies need time spent on their tummies it helps them to develop their back and neck muscles needed for future movement. Babies who are laid on their backs all day do not get a chance to develop these crucial muscles in the same way.
Regular tummy time works to increase babies' movement skills and confidence needed for crawling and also helps to develop their coordination and balance and babies that engage in regular time on their front each day are generally able to roll, crawl, sit, stand and walk earlier than babies that do not.
As recommended by the NDNA we engage our babies at nursery in daily tummy time. Here are a few tips on how you can encourage this further at home with your baby.