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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

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  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
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How Much Tummy-Time Should Your Baby Have?


A common question that is asked my parents is how much time their babies should be spending on their tummies and what are the benefits of doing so. This blog aims to explore this topic further and looks at benefits and what you as a parent can do to strengthen your child’s muscles.

Please note that the following should be seen as general information about babies spending time on their tummies. For specific advice, please consult your healthcare professional.

How much tummy time should you aim for?

Tummy time should start the day baby comes home from the hospital. Not only will this help your baby get used to tummy time, it will help you establish tummy time as part of your regular routine. A good idea is to practice tummy time directly after a nap or nappy change.

Most health professionals recommend around 30 minutes of tummy time a day, but this should be done gradually. As a guide, start with 3-5 minutes of tummy time 3-5 times a day, and build up as your baby gets stronger. By four to five months, your baby should be strong enough to enjoy ten to fifteen minutes of tummy time each go.

It’s important to make sure your baby isn’t hungry, full or tired when placing them down for tummy time. In other words, try to place your baby down when they are at their happiest. If they start to cry, try to make them as comfortable as you can to stretch out their tummy time for at least a few minutes. This can be done by:

Keeping your baby company

Tummy time should always be supervised, but instead of just watching them, get down on the ground with your baby and interact with them. Encourage them, talk with them, shake their rattle, pull funny faces, play peekaboo – basically do anything to distract them from being on their tummy, and make tummy time as fun as possible.

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Prop a board book open in front of your baby, or place a favourite toy within reach. Better yet, consider purchasing a specially designed tummy time mat, which features lights, mirrors, music, squeaky toys, bells and rattles.

Propping your baby up

When your baby is propped up on a rolled up towel, tummy time pillow or nursing pillow, it can make all the difference to their comfort. Simply place the towel or pillow under the chest and armpits and encourage them to push up on their arms.

Have a sibling join in

Babies are often fascinated with their older siblings, and having a sibling join them for tummy time is sure to make it more enjoyable. Your older child will also love the responsibility of helping with tummy time each day.

Using your lap

A tummy time option that doesn’t include lying your baby on the ground uses your lap as the floor. Lay baby face down on your legs while you are seated and help support the arms and head. Alternatively you can lie down on a sofa or bed and place baby on her stomach with their head facing yours. In this position, your baby will try hard to lift their head to see you, especially if you talk and sing to them.

Tummy time for reducing cranial asymmetry

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) started urging parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs instead of their fronts. As a result, the cases of sudden infant death syndrome have decreased by as much as 50%, but the cases of cranial asymmetry are steadily increasing.

The rise of cranial asymmetry is attributed to the long period of sleeping time in which infants are positioned on their back and the head is continually resting on a flat surface. The growth rate of the cranium is at its highest in the first few months of life, and any prolonged contact in a single area will result in deformation.

There are several different types of cranial asymmetry:

  • Plagiocephaly – a flattening on one side of the head with a bulging in the forehead of the same side as the flattening.
  • Brachycephaly – a symmetrical flattening on the back of the head, causing the head to appear wider above the ears.
  • Scaphocephaly – head shape is long from front to back and very narrow from side to side.

To avoid cranial asymmetry forming after birth, many medical experts recommend a technique called “repositioning”, which simply means alternating your baby’s position to evenly distribute the gravitational pressures on a growing skull. But one of the best ways to reduce the risk of cranial asymmetry is with tummy time.

Tummy time gives the back of your baby’s head a much needed break, and reduces the risk of a flat spot developing. While sleeping on the back is important in reducing the risk of SIDS, it’s also important to ensure that when your baby is awake, they spend as little time on the back of their heads as possible. The problem is that because we have trained them to sleep on their backs, the back is now their comfiest position and, as a result, babies are not often fond of their tummy time.

Tummy time for building strength


As well as lowering the odds of cranial asymmetry, placing your baby on their tummy will help them to develop strength in their hands, feet, neck, shoulders and upper back muscles. It also helps to improve their range of movement, balance and brain connections, and can even aid eye development and promote healthy digestion.

According to Deborah Daley, a paediatric physiotherapist and deputy manager of physiotherapy at Sydney Children’s Hospital, babies should be placed on their tummies at least three times a day when they are not too tired. This will help your baby to become stronger and reach milestones such as pushing up, rolling over, sitting, crawling, and pulling to stand up.

Please note that the information provided by Bellamy’s Organic is to be seen as general advice only. Any questions you have related to your child’s welfare, please speak with your General Practitioner or paediatrician.

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