The 7 Best Tummy Time Toys of 2021

Help distract them while they get their daily exercise

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Our Top Picks
Versatile with an innovative design.
Comes with a baby-safe mirror, rattle, and other toy attachments.
Has a soft frame that’s safe for baby.
Infants will be delighted by the colorful lights that move with the music.
Will help distract them from the task at hand.
Comes with two toys including a mirror to engage them more.
Features deep-sea friends to play with.
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Best Overall: Baby Einstein 5-in-1 World of Discovery Learning Gym

Baby Einstein 5-in-1 World of Discovery Learning Gym

This learning gym from Baby Einstein is a perfect play mat for young babies. It features hanging toys that encourage tactile exploration, a mirror, and a prop pillow to support them during tummy time. The gym also plays 20 minutes of global-themed music to keep baby entertained. Once your baby can sit and play, you can fold up the sides to create a ball pit, so she’s contained as she plays with the 10 colorful balls.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tummy time should take place while your baby is awake, alert, and supervised.

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Best Play Mat: Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop and Play Mat

Rather than just putting your baby down on a carpet or blanket, tummy time mats provide a soft surface and feature colorful patterns and toys to entertain. The Bright Starts Tummy Time Prop and Play Mat is a plush, quilted mat that comes with a baby-safe mirror, rattle, teether, and other toy attachments.

The prop pillow is perfect for added tummy time support for newborns and infants. The mat is trimmed in satin tags, which allow for soothing and tactile development. Unlike some larger play mats or activity centers, this one isn’t too expansive, so it won’t take up a lot of floor space in a small room and it’s easy to toss in your bag for visits to grandparents. It’s also very reasonably priced and machine washable, so it’s a cinch to clean.

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Best Mirror: Sassy Tummy Time Floor Mirror

As they grow and their vision develops, babies love to look at faces. A mirror can be a perfect distraction during tummy time, as your baby becomes enamored with the other little person in the mirror. When placing a mirror in your baby’s play area, it’s important that you choose one that’s made especially for babies. The Sassy Floor Mirror has a soft frame that’s safe, even if she pulls it down on herself. It also features a spinning ball ladybug and a rotating, clicking bee to engage baby’s curiosity and develop his tactile and visual skills.

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Best With Music: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Toy

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Toy

Music is a good distraction when babies are being fussy during tummy time and this best-selling Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy is perfect for baby’s introduction to musical toys. Infants will be delighted by the colorful lights that move with the music’s rhythm. As they develop, they can use the large button to toggle through ten baby-friendly classical masterpieces from Chopin to Mozart.

The lightweight design and the caterpillar handle makes it easy for little hands to grasp and play with. Parents appreciate the volume control and love that their little ones will continue to enjoy this toy in their toddler years when they can bring it along for car rides and stroller walks.

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Best Electronic: Baby Einstein Glow & Discover Light Bar Activity Station

For a baby that really fights tummy time, using the power of electronics might just be the thing to keep them entertained. This favorite from Baby Einstein will stimulate their sensory skills while also helping distract them from the task at hand. The buttons light up when baby touches the buttons, and this can speak in English, Spanish, and French. When the baby is working on tummy time this toy will lie flat for them and once they start sitting this can be propped up for lots of fun. This toy is suitable for children ages 3 months and up. 

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Best Pillow: Infantino Prop-A-Pillar Tummy Time & Seated Support

The addition of a pillow can take tummy time from grueling to bearable because a pillow helps keep baby at a more comfortable angle. As they get used to this position you can eventually take the pillow out from under their arms or rotate between using it or not. You can use this one from birth on up and it also comes with two toys including a mirror to engage them more. Once baby starts sitting up, this can be converted to a seat which will help them work on their core muscles in a different way. 

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Best Visual: Crate & Kids Ocean Tummy Time Toy

Ocean Tummy Time Toy

Bring deep-sea friends into tummy time with the Ocean Tummy Time Toy from Crate&kids. This engaging soft wedge toy features crinkly octopus legs, a hidden lobster, rattle fish, and much more to keep baby alert and engaged. The light blue color and fun underwater design will look beautiful in any nursery. It's not machine washable, but it's easy to spot clean.

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  1. American Academy of Pediatrics. Tummy time.