Tummy Time and Hip Dysplasia

Tips for tummy time during treatment

Yes you can still give your little one tummy time during treatment for hip dysplasia. As the harness, brace or cast can be quite hard sometimes a little repositioning is needed to get a spot that is comfy for your little one.

  • Short bursts often is a good way to start. Build up how long your little one can tolerate being on their tummy over time.
  • You want it to be a pleasant experience so don't wait til they start to get distressed.
  • Use your body as a prop to help position your little one.
  • Toys are good for distraction.
  • Get down on the floor and have a chat with your little one.
  • Pop over a rolled up towel or pillow under the play rug to position them over (with supervision).
  • Put their little elbows under their shoulders.


How you carry your little one, wearing them in a baby carrier and even cuddling them on your chest after a feed whilst they nap can all contribute to 'tummy time'.

Why is tummy time important:

  • It helps baby with both brain and motor development
  • It is a building block for other developmental milestones - rolling, crawling, sitting etc
  • Strengthening shoulder, neck, arm and back muscles enables babies to reposition themselves safely during sleep once they start rolling
  • It helps present a flat spot on the head


This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Every effort is made to ensure this information is up to date, accurate and easy to understand. Healthy Hips Australia accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading. This can be reproduce with acknowledgement to Healthy Hips Australia. Handouts are available to download free of charge at www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au

Developed by Healthy Hips Australia July 2020. Revised June 2021.

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