Tummy Time Pillow For Baby

The penguin tummy time pillow cuddles your little one as they enjoy tummy time, and it includes polar bear teddies and a super cute penguin ..

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It’s important for infants to have daily tummy time. It helps with their head and neck development and helps them build strength in their head, neck, arms, and shoulders.

Tummy time is when your baby is awake and placed on their belly for a short period of time. You can even start tummy time the day you bring your baby home from the hospital by laying them on your chest.

Start with a few minutes a few times per day. As your baby grows, they’ll be able to stay on their stomach for a longer period of time.

Remember, you should supervise baby at all times during tummy time.

And only do tummy time when your baby is awake. Babies should always sleep on their backs to decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Read on to learn more about the benefits of tummy time and how to make the most of it.

What are the benefits of tummy time?

Tummy time is important for baby’s development. Some of its benefits include:

How to do tummy time

Have tummy time when your baby is awake after a diaper change, bath, or nap.

The traditional way to start tummy time is by spreading out a blanket or mat on the floor in a clear, flat area and simply laying baby down on their belly.

Start with 3 to 5 minutes for younger infants. Gradually increase by a few minutes each day.

With a newborn, you can start by laying your baby on their belly across your lap or chest for 1 to 2 minutes at a time. Do this up to three times per day.

You can also try using a breastfeeding pillow if your baby seems to like it.

Place the pillow on the floor on top of a blanket, then place baby on their belly over the pillow, with their arms and shoulders propped on top.

Make sure you watch your baby at all times. Reposition them if they start to slip down the pillow.

You can place age-appropriate toys within your baby’s reach. You can also read to baby during tummy time or place a board book at eye level for them to look at. This helps develop their eyesight, too.

As your baby grows and their eyesight improves, you can place a nonbreakable mirror near baby so they can see their reflection.

You can mix up tummy time by trying it outdoors at the park or in other flat spots. As your baby grows, they’ll stay on their belly for longer.

How much tummy time babies need by age

Newborns may tolerate tummy time for only 1 to 2 minutes at first. As your baby grows, you can increase tummy time.

By the time your baby is 5 to 6 months old, they’ll likely be rolling from front to back. Then they’ll roll back to front and may even be able to push up to a sitting position on their own.

You can still give them opportunities for tummy time after they’ve reached these developmental stages. Tummy time can help them continue to develop muscles needed for:

  • sitting for longer periods of time
  • crawling
  • walking

How to make time for tummy time

It’s important to make time for tummy time each day. You can try to fit it in after you give your little one a bath or after a diaper change.

You may want to avoid tummy time immediately after eating, though.

For some babies, laying on their tummy when it’s full may disrupt digestion — and this could lead to gas or spit up. Other babies, however, seem to pass gas more easily on their tummies.

The younger baby is when you start tummy time, the better. This lets them get used to it. Even in the hospital, you can place baby on their tummy on your chest, supporting their neck the whole time.

When you get home from the hospital, find quiet moments throughout your day for some tummy time. You can also lie or sit on the floor next to them and make faces or read them a board book.

You can also try these other activities during tummy time:

  • Place baby on an inflatable water mat. It’s full of textures and colors for them to discover.
  • Use an activity gym for baby to play with and explore.
  • Hold one toy a few inches from your baby’s head and let them follow it with their eyes.
  • Give your baby a nonbreakable mirror to let them see their reflection (best for babies 3 months and older).

Tummy time can be a special time for you and other loved ones to bond with baby.

What should I do if my baby hates tummy time?

Some babies really hate tummy time at first, especially if you wait too long to try it. Eventually, your baby may get used to tummy time and will tolerate it more.

Here are some things you can try to help baby as they get used to tummy time:

  • placing a toy in front of them
  • sitting or lying on the floor facing your baby
  • reading or signing to them

One alternative position for babies who don’t enjoy tummy time is side-lying.

Try placing your baby on a blanket on their side. You can prop up their back against a rolled-up towel and place a folded washcloth under their head for support.

Again, they should be awake and supervised when you do this.

Tummy time supplies

The only essential supply for tummy time is a flat surface and blanket or mat to put your baby on.

However, you can make tummy time more fun by introducing your little one to toys and, when they get a little older, nonbreakable mirrors.

Here are a few ideas for things you can try:

You can find these items online or at retailers that sell baby products. You may also be able to borrow them from friends or get them at secondhand stores or through parenting groups.

Tummy time safety

Tummy time is for when your baby is awake.

Always supervise your little one during tummy time. Never leave them alone or allow them to fall asleep on their tummy.

If they start to look sleepy, place them on their back in their crib. That’s the safest way and place for them to sleep.

In rare cases, tummy time may not be safe, such as if baby:

  • was born premature
  • has a disability or mental health condition
  • has reflux disease

If you aren’t sure whether tummy time is right for your little one, talk with your baby’s pediatrician. They can give you safe recommendations for tummy time.

Other ways to help baby

In addition to tummy time, there are some other things you can do to help with baby’s development and bond with them:

  • Lie on the floor next to baby, read to them, smile, and make faces at them.
  • Talk and sing to them in a soothing voice. Tell them about your day.
  • Look at your baby’s face and mimic their expression.
  • Introduce them to different colors, shapes, and textures. This may have a bigger impact after 4 months, but you can start introducing these things at any time.

Takeaway

Tummy time is helpful for your baby’s head, neck, and shoulder development. It’s also a great chance for you to read to, sing to, play with, and bond with your little one.

Be sure to always supervise baby during tummy time. Never leave them alone or allow them to fall asleep on their tummy.

If they start to look sleepy, place them on their back in their crib. That’s the safest way and place for them to sleep.

If you have any concerns about tummy time or that your baby isn’t meeting development milestones, talk with their pediatrician.

Fisher Price Tummy Time Pillow

Giving your baby tummy time from an early age is a key way to help them develop and strengthen the muscles they will eventually need to push up, roll and crawl.

To begin with, your baby will probably prefer to ‘do’ tummy time lying on your chest, rather than the floor (see What is tummy time – and how to do it, for ideas and tips). But, once your baby’s happy to lie on their front on the floor for a while (certainly by about 3 to 4 months old), you can start to introduce toys that are specially designed to make tummy time fun and stimulating.

Many of the best tummy-time toys are cushion-based and brightly coloured and have lots of dangly mini-toys to feel and jingle and stretch for. We’ve been trying loads out with our baby testers – and have selected the ones that kept them the most happy and entertained.

Best tummy-time toys at a glance

  • Nuby Penguin Tummy Time Pillow, £12.99
  • Taf Toys Savannah Tummy Time Book£16.99
  • Taf Toys 2-in-1 Tummy Time Pillow£18
  • Fisher-Price Music & Vibe Sloth Tummy Wedge, £30
  • Infantino Tummy Time and Seated Support Playmat£30
  • Taf Toys Development Pillow£17
  • Bright Start Sit and See Safari Floor Mirror£9.99
  • Done by Deer Tummy Time Activity Croco£35
  • Fisher-Price-Grow-With-Me Tummy Time Llama Baby Gym£29.99
  • Mamas & Papas Elephant & Baby Tummy Time Snugglerug, £39

Here’s our pick of the best tummy-time toys for babies, suitable from birth…

1. Nuby Penguin Tummy Time Pillow, £12.99

Nuby Penguin Tummy Time Pillow

Age: From birth | Batteries: None

What it is: A 41cm x 31cm reversible tummy cushion with 4 attached toys, including a fish teether, a squeaky star, a rattling polar bear and a soft penguin with a mirror in his tummy. Wipe-clean only.

Why we love it: It’s lovely to look at and, while very soft, provides good support in a nice curve-round-the-body shape. The toys don’t detach but you do get 4 of them (great value at this price) and the penguin, with his knitted-texture body and tummy mirror, is a proper baby magnet.

Available at: Amazon

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£15.00

2. Taf Toys Savannah Tummy Time Book, £16.99

Taf Toys Savannah Tummy Time Book

Age: From birth | Batteries: None
Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 21cm x 20 cm soft, colourful, textured double-sided book that can stand up on its own. One side features high contrast black and white pictures for newborns to gaze at and the other side features more colourful pictures for older babies along with flaps, mirror, teether, textures, and different prints, and fabrics.

Why we love it: The design of this book is very well thought out and we like how if folds down neatly so you can stow it easily in your pram or bag. The big mirror is a particularly nice feature and was a huge hit with all our baby testers. “The mirror seems to surprise and entrance him each time he turns the page!” said Zoe, mum of Stig, 8 months.

Available at: Vertbaudet, and JoJo Maman Bebe

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£16.30

3. Taf Toys 2 in 1 Tummy Time Pillow, £18

Taf Toys 2 in 1 Tummy Time Pillow

Age: From birth | Batteries: None

What it is A 2-stage pillow (40cm x 49cm at stage 2): you pull out the lower furry blue pillow for a 0-3 month old and then, for 3 to 6 months, flip it back into the black-and-white pillow for a higher, firmer support. The bigger pillow is reversible (animal print or furry grey) and has a crinkle effect. Wipe-clean only.

Why we like it: The pull out newborn cushion is very clever, offering a little baby a much lower propped position than many of the other cushions featured here – good for getting a baby used to tummy time without giving their chest and neck muscles too much work to do. The doubled-up cushion is lovely and big but, without any toy attachments and only a little touchy-feely fun (a leaf and a bit of crinkling), you’ll have to provide some extra entertainment for those grab-hungry hands.

Available at: Kidly

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4. Fisher-Price Music & Vibe Sloth Tummy Wedge, £30

Fisher-Price Music & Vibe Sloth Tummy Wedge,

Age: From birth | Batteries: 3 x AA batteries (included).

What it is: A 44cm x 37cm tummy-time cushion, with a crinkle, sloth-faced playmat attached, that (when you press the music button) vibrates and plays (gentle) music for up to 10 minutes at a time. Comes with 2 detachable toys: a BPA-free leaf teether and rattling rings. Machine-washable.

Why we love it: The gently rising crescent shape of the cushion makes it very comfy to lie on – and the animal faces on the fabric are colourful and fun. We like the idea of the playmat in front, encouraging your baby to stretch out to touch the crinkly sloth face and textured hair. The music is pleasant (and not at all loud) but the best bit, in our book, is the vibration feature – our baby tester loved it!

Available at: Argos and Amazon

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5. Infantino Tummy Time and Seated Support Playmat, £30

Infantino Tummy Time and Seated Support Playmat

Age: From birth | Batteries: None

What it is: A tummy-time toy that stacks up (with Velcro fastenings) into a 31cm x 46cm back support for when your baby is older and nearly able to sit. Comes with a detachable BPA-free textured teether and a detachable crinkly cloth sun. Wipe-clean only.

Why we love it: It’s a good size, and is soft and well-padded. We love that it can adapt into a supportive seat, making it a toy that will last many months. The colours are bright and, in the opened-out tummy-time position, your baby can see that lovely, smiley caterpillar face.

Available at: Argos and Amazon

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6. Taf Toys Developmental Pillow, £17

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Age: From birth | Batteries: None

What it is: A 42cm x 23cm sloped soft pillow with a vintage green cover printed with a friendly rabbit and some fluffy clouds. Comes with a detachable rattle and teething ring.

Why we love it: Our baby testers loved the gentle slope of this pillow that offers support right down to the tummy. It’s only got 2 play accessories but the rattling beads are fun and the teether’s a good size.

Available at: Taf ToysEarthlets and Amazon

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£17.70

7. Bright Start Sit and See Safari Floor Mirror, £9.99

Bright Start Sit and See Safari Floor Mirror

Age: From birth | Batteries: None

What it is: A 28cm x 17cm soft-pyramid tummy time toy with a large baby-safe mirror and a couple of 3D crinkle leaves on one side. Folds down flat. Wipe-clean only.

Why we love it: Sometimes the simplest toys are the biggest winners – and our baby testers were mesmerised by the large mirror that reflects their face so clearly back to them. Not a bad price, either – although, as this toy’s been on the market a while and stock is sometimes limited, you should watch out for re-sellers looking for a lot more.

Available at: Amazon

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£10.99

8. Done by Deer Tummy Time Activity Croco, £35

one by Deer Tummy Time Activity Croco

Age: From birth | Batteries: None

What it is: A 41cm x 18cm croc-shaped pillow with soft, furry scales and a jittering tummy. Comes with a teether, rings, mirror, ribbon tags and crinkle elements attached. Choose from green (pictured) and powder pink. Wipe-clean only.

Why we love it: It’s got oodles of Scandi chic as well as baby appeal – and the vibrating tummy is a brilliant sensory treat. It’s quite solidly stuffed, so may better suit a baby who’s not a tummy-time novice and is already well used to a bit of prone play.

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