How Much Tummy Time Do Babies Need at 2 Months?

Tummy time is an important activity that can help your baby reach developmental milestones. Not only does tummy time help with your child’s physical development, but it also is a great way to build connection through emotional development.

Read on for our guide to tummy time at 2 months.

Note: If you haven’t already, check out our tips for starting tummy time safely

Photo shows dad and baby doing tummy time at 2 months

At 2 months, your baby is getting stronger and probably gaining better head and neck control. You may notice that they’re:

  • Beginning to lift their head
  • Bobbing their head from side to side 
  • Fixating on you, other people, pets or toys


To practice tummy time at 2 months:

  • Work toward a goal of 20 minutes of tummy time throughout the day.
  • Make sure to break up the 20-minute goal into short sessions. Don’t expect your baby to get in 20 minutes all at once. Try multiple sessions throughout the day.
  • Be flexible. There may be times when your baby will only tolerate being on their belly for 1 minute, and others when they’ll tolerate 5 minutes or 8 minutes, and then go back to just 1 minute. This is normal and OK.
  • Watch for your baby’s cues. If your baby gets fussy and cries during tummy time, try some ways to soothe and encourage them.
  • Practice tummy time when your baby is calm and content. They are more likely to enjoy tummy time if they are already calm.
  • Try to avoid tummy time right after your baby has eaten. Being on their tummy with a full belly may make your baby uncomfortable or fussy.


Tummy time tip: Try placing a little mirror on the ground by your baby’s face for them to look at. They’re sure to be amazed by the cutie looking back at them!

Is your baby nearly 4 months old? Check out our tummy time tips for 4-month-olds to learn what you can expect next.