Tummy Time

Online physiotherapeutic exercise program with easy exercises to help your baby love tummy time as well as progress to a strong, good-quality back-to-belly roll. The program can be used for babies at all ages both as inspiration for everyday play time and as professionally designed exercise program for good motor development.

  • Prioritized, simple exercises
  • Designed for busy families
  • Illustrated with pictures & videos
  • Instant & perpetual access
  • Secure payment with QuickPay
  • English
  • Dansk
  • Deutsch

Available languages

299,00 DKK

(inclusive of all taxes, VAT and fees)

Program description

Developed by Danish pediatric physical therapist Maria Schultz Appelt, the program consists of evidence-based, playful exercises that strengthen your baby’s body for tummy time, as well as a strong, good-quality roll from back to belly. The program can be used for all babies both as play inspiration in everyday life and as professional support for good motor development.

Each exercise is thoroughly described and illustrated with pictures and videos. When I update any of the content – for example in the event that new results from research studies become available, you will always see the latest update when you log in again. You thus always have access to the latest version.

If you have any further questions about the program or are unsure about anything, please send me a message (maybe attach a short video of your child) via my Instagram @develobaby or by email at maria@develobaby.com.

Why is tummy time so important?

Tummy time is important! It is during tummy time that the foundation is laid for good motor development – and thus the future enjoyment and freedom of movement of the child. During tummy time a baby strengthens the sense of balance, shoulder strength, core muscles, and the ability to work across the body’s midline. Tummy time is a prerequisite for the next milestone, which is a prerequisite for the next milestone, and so on and so forth.

Another important milestone is the back-to-tummy roll. In the roll, your baby begins to use the body’s important rotation muscles, which are the foundation for all of our combined movements – our freedom of movement in all directions. The roll is also hard work for your baby, so it can often be a good idea to give your baby a little initial help to achieve a good quality roll.

DeveloBaby Tummy Time FAQ

Frequently asked questions to Tummy Time

No, there is a lot of overlap between the two programs as they are both designed to support natural motor development at this stage. There are some additional exercises in the Back Arching and Flat Head that are specific to back arching babies.

Unfortunately, we see way more babies struggling with tummy time than in the past, and there are many theories as to why. For example, the “back to sleep” campaign to get babies to sleep on their backs has had an effect. On the one hand, it prevents sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). One the other hand, babies used to spend about 16 hours a day sleeping on their bellies, compared to the current average of about 20 minutes. It’s intuitive that this makes a difference. The baby simply isn’t used to this position, which can be uncomfortable and even frightening.

Unfortunately, I also see a lack of focus on the importance of tummy time. It should be shouted from the rooftops, given how important it is, so there is no doubt in anyone’s mind. Bouncers, car seats, recliners, etc. are also used a lot more these days, which can also play a role, and children are born more often through complicated births. So there can be many reasons that make tummy time a challenge. That’s why it’s a good idea to focus on making tummy time fun and easy for both you and your baby.

No! The exercises are normal strengthening exercises in the anatomically normal muscle pattern.

Because I know that many people find it overwhelming to do the exercises in their daily lives, I have listed the exercises in order of priority. The five most important exercises are at the top, so if you’re short on time, those are the ones you wanna prioritize.


Frequently asked questions to exercise programs

After completing the purchase process successfully, you can access your exercise program here on the develobaby.com. During payment, enter your email address and password. After successful payment, you will see an additional heading in the menu called “My Programs”, including links to all the exercise programs you have purchased access to. You could be reading your first program in under 60 seconds from purchasing. When you come back to DeveloBaby.com after a few days, the system will have logged you out automatically. Then simply log in again with your email address as your username and the password you chose during the checkout process.

My exercise programs are accessible online here on DeveloBaby.com. As the programs contain video clips that couldn’t be played in PDF or other types of print, there is no downloadable or hard copy version. That said, using a PC/Mac you can in fact print the exercise programs you have purchased by pressing Ctrl+P on Windows and Command+P on MacOS when you are on the exercise program page. However, the programs are not specifically set up for this purpose, so it’s much nicer and more user-friendly to view it directly on your mobile, tablet or computer.

You have perpetual access. However, I am obliged to adhere to certain privacy data regulations (such as GDPR), which state that I cannot store customer data longer than necessary. Therefore, the system limits your access to one year at a time. When a year is about to expire, the system will automatically send you an email so you can easily extend your access if you want to keep it.

No, this would be against the terms & conditions. You purchase access for yourself and the people living in your household. If you, however, buy an exercise program as a grandparent, you can of course share the access with the person you bought it for. In contrast, if you are a manager in an institution and want to procure access to one or more exercise programs for your employees, please write to me so we can work out an agreement on multiple licenses. For contact details and more, please see my Terms and Conditions.

Current legislation states that the usual 14-day right of withdrawal does not apply to digital products. The reason for this is that it is virtually impossible to argue that you haven’t used digital products once you’ve logged in. Therefore, I do not generally offer refunds. Please read more about my return policy under Terms and Conditions.

Yes, I’ve gone to great lengths to explain each exercise in layman’s terms so that everyone can follow. There are also pictures and videos to accompany the exercises, where I perform the exercises on a real baby.

No, certainly not. In my exercise programs, I have put the exercises in prioritized order. There are a lot of exercises in each program, so in principle you can spend your whole day doing exercises if you find it enjoyable, but you can also choose to do the top three or top five, and therefore the most important ones. This makes the exercise programs suitable for everyone, no matter how much time and energy you have to spare.

The exercises are basically just strength training, just like when you go to the gym. They are designed to strengthen your child muscles wrt the exercise programs’ purpose, e.g. addressing back arching. Therefore, exercises will always make your child stronger. Whether your child achieves each milestone with good quality using the exercises depends, of course, on the starting conditions and whether there are any special conditions that would require a individually tailored approach. But no matter what, helping your child build a stronger body will never be in vain. For the vast majority, standardized exercises, as presented in my exercise programs, will help the child move on to the next milestone well and strongly.

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Disclaimer

All content on DeveloBaby.com is based on recognized professional standards in Denmark, and you can expect them to be in line with the advice you receive in the public health system. If you find that your child has pronounced sleep or motor challenges, or that there is a lack of effect from the general exercises, I recommend that you make an appointment with me, either in person or online, so that I can customize the program for your child. If your child is unwell, please always contact your health care provider or physician. Read full disclaimer…