Tummy time is supervised, intentional playtime that your baby spends on his or her tummy while awake. This activity fosters your baby’s development and is a great time for face-to-face bonding playtime! Tummy time fun can be done in short sessions throughout the day (based on your baby's tolerance and needs) but should amount to at least 40 to 60 minutes total each day. Because little ones sometimes have difficulty warming up to the idea, it is helpful to choose tummy time toys and activity mats that encourage tummy time play.
Tummy Time Toys for Babies
Our Prop-A-Pillar Tummy Time & Seated Support™ is a fun, caterpillar toy that is suitable from birth! It can be extended for tummy time support, helping infants strengthen their neck and back muscles. Your little one will learn to play and explore through engaging with the soft, textured character, silicone teether, and peek-and-see mirror. As baby grows, you can stack the caterpillar to create a secure "C" shaped seat positioner to support early sitters.
While your baby is playing on their tummy, it is helpful to hold a toy in front of their face to get their attention. This will encourage your baby to lift their head and reach. You can also arrange tummy time activity toys in a circle around your baby to promote reaching in many different directions.
Furthermore, incorporating sounds during tummy time will stimulate your little one’s sensory development. Our 4 Modes Learning Peacock provides a great way to do this! Each of the peacock’s feathers plays different musical notes and songs. This entertaining toy also teaches your little one about colors and letters, while engaging them in fine motor and sensory play! Our DISCOVER & PLAY SENSORY BALL™ includes sliding beads, a spinning mirror, rattling rain-stick, and squeaker sounds to playfully encourage visual and tactile discovery while developing fine motor coordination.
Tummy Time Mats
Our Peek & Play Tummy Time Activity Mat™ includes a padded bolster pillow that provides perfect tummy time support, along with plush play pals and a large peek n’ see mirror to encourage lifting, reaching, and grabbing. It is the perfect start to strengthening baby’s arm, neck, and abdomen muscles.
Also, our Deluxe Twist & Fold Activity Gym & Play Mat™ is another great option. It provides a soft, engaging play space for tummy time activity. Its wind-up musical mobile encourages eye-tracking while playing a soft and sweet lullaby. Three small, repositionable toys encourage batting and grabbing, while the large ring attachments allow these toys to be used with your stroller and car seat as well. A prop pillow and mirror for tummy time engagement are also included. The Deluxe Twist and Fold Activity Gym and Play Mat is also completely portable and can be easily stored. Simply twist the knob on the top and the arms collapse, allowing the mat to fold down to the size of a yoga mat.
You’ve probably seen play teepees for toddlers and older children, but did you know that they can be so much fun for young babies as well? Our Grow-With-Me Playtime Teepee™ is a multi-functional gym that serves as an interactive tummy time activity mat for your baby! It also becomes a playtime teepee as they grow older. Four hanging toys and a large-mirrored mobile effectively engage newborns and infants, and the musical elephant's ear is a fun addition for little ones during tummy time play.
Additionally, the Take & Play Safari Activity Gym & Play Mat is a completely portable and easily storable play space that entertains little explorers with soft textures. The deluxe padded mat has colorful peek-a-boo flaps, as well as three fun zoo friends to engage babies during tummy time. Each zoo pal features a different fun activity including a Giraffe Mirror, Monkey Rattle, and Crinkle-Sound Lion. When playtime is done, simply fold up the activity mat and use the convenient handle to take it on-the-go.
Creating a fun, safe play space can go a long way to helping baby enjoy tummy time. But, don't forget, the most important thing to do to help little one enjoy tummy time is get down and play with them! Enjoy this special bonding time together.