Tummy Time

Place babies on their stomachs when they are awake and when someone is watching. Tummy Time helps your baby’s head, neck and shoulder muscles get stronger and helps to prevent flat spots on the head.

What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?

  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet. For more information on crib safety guidelines, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or at
  • Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins, or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area
  • Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area
  • Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby
  • Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head
  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night
  • Dress your baby in light sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper, and do not use a blanket
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else