Is tummy time safe?

Ok.. i'm not here for bashing.. but to settle an argument.
My sister recently started working at a chiropractor's office. And in all of her wisdom of working there a whole month... She tells me that infants should NOT be put on their tummys . .. it is bad for their neck .. since they are too small to raise their heads.. it forces them to keep their head to one side, too far .. and shouldn't be placed on their tummys until they are big enough to hold their heads up for longer periods of time.
I .. on the other hand.. kinda figured that's why we do tummy time.. so they learn to hold their heads up.. and making them "stronger"
So .. help me out here.. who's right.. Tummy Time .. or No ???


Asked by 4xmommy2008 at 7:45 PM on Oct. 8, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • People have been putting their babies on their tummys since before Jesus! Why haven't they been getting stiff necks for over 2,000 years? I'd scoff at her huge experience of 1 month too! lol Good luck!

    Answer by shmorris56 at 11:07 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • i think tummy time is good for them if you think they look uncomfertable? then roll them over and try later it helps build their strangh.

    Answer by BabyGsMaMa13 at 7:51 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • Short periods of tummy time are essential in my opinion.

    Answer by LovinMyMikayla at 7:54 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • tummy time is awesome. they develop so much. i can see where your sister is coming from BUT they have to learn how to do it anyway, always watch for signs of discomfort but other than that, they gotta learn it!! have fun, get down there with them and enjoy cuz they get out of it reallllll fast!!! i wish i could get my son back down there just for one day ya know?

    Answer by ssnelson26 at 7:59 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • I've slept on my tummy since I was a baby and I have no neck problems.... Oh, I am 44!

    Answer by pupmom at 8:08 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • of course they need tummy time! how else are they to strengthen their neck muscles...not to be rude but im sure the chiro that your sis works for isnt for infants??? so lets stick to the baby experts and not the people that crack backs for a living...

    Answer by mom2bboy at 8:11 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • Check this websites. My baby (4 months) loves tummy time. What are you going to do when they start cannot stop them.


    Answer by mamadetresbbg at 8:12 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • That is for kids that don't have the control to turn their heads and you will know if your child is one of them. You just have to turn their heads for them. But my son was lifting his head at 2 days old most babies can lift and turn their heads by a month old and thats when "tummy time" starts.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 9:00 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • My daughter has been in physical and occupational therapy since she was ten months old, her pediatric therapists, all say that tummy time is very, very important for strength development. If babies are not put on their tummies, they will not gain the necessary trunk strength. Back when our parents' had babies, they were told to put babies to sleep on their tummies so they would not choke if they spit up. Of course, now we know that babies should sleep on their backs because of SIDS but tummy time didn't use to be an issue, because when babies woke up, they were on their tummies. So, in conclusion, tummy time is awesome for babies!

    Answer by toriandgrace at 9:24 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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  • Yes, from everything I've read, NOT putting your baby on the belly can cause developmental issues.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 7:33 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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