Why Babies Need Tummy Time?
Since 1992 when ‘Back to sleep’ campaign was started to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), some parents are avoiding putting their babies in the the tummy down position. However, what is known now is the exact causes of SIDS is still unknown.
Avoiding the tummy down position has caused an ‘epidemic’ of plagiocephaly (flattening of the skull, often associated with torticollis). In addition, babies who are not placed on their tummy are found to have delay in their motor milestone, e.g. head control are developed at an older age then what it should have been. This is due to lack of opportunity for babies to strengthen their body in the anti-gravity position while they are on their tummy. Hence tummy time is an important exercise for all babies.