How to Make Tummy Time Fun

How to Make Tummy Time Fun: Creative Activities for Babies

Tummy time is of great importance for your baby's development, but it can sometimes be challenging to keep them engaged. Here are some creative activities to make tummy time fun and enjoyable for your baby.

Engaging with Toys

  • High-Contrast Toys: Use toys with bold patterns and bright colors to capture your baby’s attention.
  • Rattles and Noisy Toys: Toys that make sounds can stimulate your baby's auditory senses.
  • Tummy Time Mirrors: Babies love looking at their reflection, which encourages them to lift their head and look around.

Sensory Activities

  • Texture Play: Place your baby on a soft blanket with different textures to explore.
  • Water Mats: Fill a tummy time water mat with floating toys for a fun and interactive experience.
  • Sensory Bags: Create sensory bags with various materials inside for your baby to touch and feel.

Interactive Play

  • Face-to-Face Time: Get down on the floor and interact with your baby, making funny faces and talking to them.
  • Tummy Time Songs: Sing songs or nursery rhymes to keep your baby entertained.
  • Sibling Involvement: Encourage older siblings to join in tummy time, making it a family activity.

Incorporating Movement

  • Rolling Over: Gently help your baby roll from tummy to back and vice versa to build their core muscles.
  • Tummy Time Ball: Place your baby on a soft, large ball and gently rock them back and forth.
  • Reach and Grab: Place toys slightly out of reach to encourage your baby to reach and move.

Creating a Tummy Time Routine

  • Consistency: Make tummy time a part of your daily routine, ideally after naps or diaper changes.
  • Short Sessions: Start with short sessions (3-5 minutes) and gradually increase the duration as your baby gets more comfortable.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Praise your baby and provide positive feedback during tummy time to create a happy association.


Making tummy time fun and engaging can help your baby enjoy this important activity and support their development. By incorporating a variety of toys, sensory activities, and interactive play, you can turn tummy time into a delightful and beneficial experience. Remember to be consistent and patient, gradually increasing the duration as your baby grows stronger. I believe both parents and babies would have fun during those 

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For more information on tummy time activities, visit the Safe to Sleep® website.