How Much Tummy Time For 2 Month Old? (Quick & Easy FAQ)

  • Learn all the essentials of tummy time for a 2-month old baby 
  • Find out how to safely get a baby into the tummy time position 
  • Plus, know how much tummy time a baby can and should get daily 
  • And, signs that your 2-month old needs a break from tummy time

Do you have a newborn or a 2 month old at home?

Are you looking for ways to make everyday fun and entertaining for your little one?

Have you heard of the term tummy time and want to know how you can do it for your baby and also make it a safe time?

If you are looking for more information related to tummy time for small babies, or for 2 month old little ones, or want to know how you can help your baby get stronger and reach those milestones, you may want to read the rest of this article. To help new or first time parents take the best care of their little ones in the safest way possible, we are today talking about what you mean by tummy time and how you can help your baby get in the said position. We also share about how much tummy time is safe for a baby of this age, and whether or not you need to strictly follow it, or if too much tummy time can cause any harm.

What exactly is tummy time?

Very much as the name suggests, tummy time refers to the time that your baby will spend being on its tummy. It is the time that your baby will spend lying on its tummy while being supervised by a responsible and alert adult. Your baby does tummy time while baby is awake and alert.

  • At two months of age, your baby will be too small to get into that position on his or her own.
  • It is important that the parent or the caregiver help the baby to get into the tummy time position.
  • To do so, you will first have to make the area clean and safe for your little one.
  • Once that is done, you can gently pick up your baby and put them on the surface on their tummy.

Do you have to position your baby or can they get into it on their own?

Initially, when your baby has not yet done any tummy time, and especially if your baby is just two months old, you will have to help the little one get into position.

Is tummy time safe for a baby as young as two months old?

Tummy time is actually a great way to entertain your baby even if your little one is just about two months old.

  • At this age, your baby is most likely spending all of his or her time lying down on the back.
  • However, giving your baby tummy time on a regular basis will help to give them a much needed activity time that will not just be entertaining for your little one, but will also help them work towards achieving their different milestones.
  • In order to make sure that your baby is safe while doing tummy time, you have to ensure that an alert and responsible adult should be present at all times with the baby.
  • Also, it is important to take cues from your baby. If you see that your little one is getting uncomfortable after spending some time on the tummy, it is best to take your baby off from the tummy time position and let them rest.

How much tummy time should a baby this age get in a day? Should this be broken up into short sessions?

The amount of tummy time you schedule for your baby can vary and depend on a lot of different factors, such as whether you are just going to start it, whether your baby has already done this for some time, the age of your baby, your baby’s health and so on.

When your baby is two months old, here are a few things you can take care of while planning the daily amount of time that you can allot for your baby’s tummy time.

  • One of the best things is that even starting off your little one on a little bit of tummy time initially can be of a lot of help.
  • When you start the tummy time for your little one for the first few times, you can try to do it two or even three times a day, if your baby is cooperative.
  • For each session, you can start by keeping baby on the tummy for about five minutes for each schedule.
  • In case you feel that your baby is getting tired or is feeling uncomfortable, you can try and give baby a break. Once your baby seems happy and comfortable again, you can try to get your baby to spend the remaining minutes on the tummy.
  • One of the best times to put your baby on the tummy and engage in some tummy time play is once your baby has woken up fresh from a nap or during the diaper change time. You can also try doing this when your baby is already in a playful mood and you are trying out different activities together.
  • As your baby gets a little older, maybe reaches around the third or fourth month, you can increase the tummy time to about 20 or 30 minutes in a day, broken up through the day.  

Is it dangerous to keep baby in the tummy time position longer than the recommended time?

  • When your baby does a tummy time, it puts a lot of pressure on the muscles of the neck and the shoulders, as well as on the muscles of the upper arm and the back.
  • If you extend the tummy time than what is recommended for a baby of that particular age, it can cause problems for the little one.
  • There is the risk that you may end up stressing out your baby’s muscles and as a result, your baby may experience pain in the muscles or experience overall ache in the body. It is also possible that your baby feels too uncomfortable and as a result will not want to do tummy time the next time.
  • In very serious cases, if a baby is given too much time, much more than what is recommended for that particular age, it can also lead to serious problems with the muscles of the areas that are being worked upon. 

Must you pay very close attention to your 2-month old while he or she is in the tummy time position? Why?

It is very important that you are always around your baby when he or she is spending time on the tummy, as this will help to avoid the risk of any discomfort to your little one.

Here are a few hints that you can watch out for that can signal that your baby is having some problem and needs a break:

  • Your baby is starting to make a fuss or is crying out
  • There are signs of redness or blushing on your baby’s face or skin
  • Your baby is visibly distressed or is trying to put too much effort
  • Your baby’s breathing is getting faster and your baby is also having hiccups
  • Baby is coughing
  • Baby is starting to frown and looks displeased

In case you are not sure if you are doing it right, do not hesitate to speak to your baby’s pediatrician.

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