Why is Tummy Time Important?
If you're anything like 70% of parents, you always put your baby to sleep on his or her back. This practice is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and helps to reduce the risk of SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. And while that's a good thing, it DOES mean that your infant is on his or her back much of the time. The problem with that is that your baby's skull is still soft, and too much time lying on the head in this manner can cause your little one's head to flatten or become misshapen. Even more importantly, an overdose of back lying can lead to delays in developmental milestones, including rolling over, crawling, and walking.
Last Updated:July 16, 2012