Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play

Picture of a baby girl doing tummy time

Back to sleep and tummy to play promotes healthy growth and development for your baby. Give your baby a great start!

Back to Sleep

Always place your baby on their back to sleep, whether nap time or night time, at home or away. Infants placed on their back to sleep, for every sleep, have a reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Infants who are used to sleeping on their back, and are then placed on their stomach, are at higher risk of SIDS. Remind everyone who cares for your baby, to place your baby on their back to sleep.

Tummy to Play

All infants benefit from supervised tummy time when awake. Tummy time:

  • Reduces the chance of your baby developing a flat spot on his head
  • Helps prevent tight neck muscles from developing
  • Strengthens baby’s neck, back and arm muscles which are needed for holding up their head, rolling over, sitting and crawling
  • Encourages baby to reach for objects and develop hand-eye co-ordination
  • Helps you bond with your baby

More information:
Tummy Time Essentials – Pathways

Last updated: July 2020