(HealthDay News) -- While infants should never sleep on their stomach, tummy time while an infant is awake and being watched is important for baby's development, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
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The academy mentions these suggestions to make "tummy time" fun for baby:
- With baby on his tummy, place a favorite toy just a little bit out of reach to encourage him to stretch for it.
- Surround baby with a circle of toys to encourage strengthening muscles by reaching in different directions.
- Once baby is old enough, place baby belly-down on your chest so he will pick up his head to look at your face.
- Encourage other young children to play with baby during tummy time, as long as you carefully supervise them together.
-- Diana Kohnle
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