Tummy time strengthens baby's core muscle, but it may not be all sunshine and smiles. Is your baby offended? Are your nerves frazzled? Here are a few tricks that may make tummy time more enjoyable for you both.
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Babies don't get plagiocephaly from being put on their backs to sleep but from spending extended periods lying on their backs, particularly if they always tend to lie looking to one side. This can occur because:
Tummy time is very important for any baby. While many babies don't like this position at first, you can encourage your baby by joining him or her on the floor, for playtime. Remember, babies only need to be on their back when sleeping!
In order to have a nice round head, a baby needs to be placed in a variety of positions. Babies should be on their backs for sleep. But when they are awake, they need to have supervised "Tummy Time."
Over the last ten years, since the "Back to Sleep" campaign was introduced to reduce SIDS, there has been an increase in the number of babies with flat spots on the heads (plagiocephaly). There are many things you can do to keep your child from getting a flat head.
In recent years, as parents have been appropriately not allowing their babies to sleep on their stomachs (to prevent SIDS), there has been a dramatic increase in misshapen heads. If a baby lies on her back awake and asleep, a flat head will often result.