The 8 Best Tummy Time Toys of 2019

Help distract them while they get their daily exercise

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Baby Einstein World of Discovery Learning Gym at Target

"Versatile with an innovative design."

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

"Comes with a baby-safe mirror, rattle, and other toy attachments."

Best Mirror: Sassy Floor Mirror at Amazon

"Has a soft frame that’s safe for baby."

Best With Music: Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Toy at Walmart

"Infants will be delighted by the colorful lights that move with the music."

Best Electronic: Baby Einstein Glow & Discover Light Bar Toys at Amazon

"Will help distract them from the task at hand."

Best Pillow: Infantino Prop-A-Pillar at Amazon

"Comes with two toys including a mirror to engage them more."

Best Visual: Ocean Tummy Time Toy at Crate and Barrel

"Features deep-sea friends to play with."

Best for Beginners: Boppy Original Newborn Lounger at Amazon

"Great tool for easing into tummy time."

Our Top Picks

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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

Courtesy of Target

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. To learn more about their recommendations for safe tummy time, please visit their website.

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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.

Need more ideas? Read our article on the best baby activity centers.

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Best Mirror: Sassy 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

Courtesy of Walmart

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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 seven baby-friendly classical masterpieces from Vivaldi 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 Toys

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. 

Looking for more baby gear? Check out our roundup of the best baby bouncers.

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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: Ocean Tummy Time Toy

Ocean Tummy Time Toy

 Courtesy of Crate & Kids

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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Best for Beginners: Boppy Original Newborn Lounger

You may already have the Boppy Lounger to support your baby when feeding, but did you know it's also a great tool for easing into tummy time? The support helps give them an extra boost while they're developing important neck and back muscles. After they get used to doing tummy time with Boppy's support, it can be taken away.

The cloth handle makes it easy to take on-the-go, and it's a cinch to clean: the entire cushion is machine washable. It comes in lots of different colors and patterns to match your nursery decor, too.

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