Belly up and belly down: Both necessary for a healthy baby Belly up and belly down: Both necessary for a healthy baby

Belly up and belly down: Both necessary for a healthy baby

Prevention 18 October, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Healthy babies are safer when they sleep on their backs at night and during naps. Resting on their sides is not recommended.

Tummy time is suggested when the child is awake and is being constantly monitored. This position is important for babies because it allows their muscles to develop.

Keep in mind:

How much tummy time should babies have?

From the first day they come home after leaving the hospital. Play with your baby on their stomachs while they are awake 2 to 3 times a day for a short period (3 to 5 minutes). Increase frequency as the baby demonstrates that they enjoy the activity. A good time to do this is after changing their diapers or after a nap. This prepares them to move on their bellies and crawl. As they grow and gain more strength, they will need to spend more time like this to develop their strength.

Does sleeping on their backs make a baby’s head flat?

While the baby may develop a flat spot on their head, it usually rounds out as the baby grows and begins to sit up. Another way to avoid this situation is to alternate the direction of the baby’s feet in their crib. This will cause the baby to turn naturally towards the light or towards objects from different positions, relieving pressure placed on the same part of the head.

When babies are awake, change the position they are in, limit the time they spend on baby swings, rocking chairs, and car safety seats, as these exert pressure on the back of the skull.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

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