My 10 week old HATES tummy time

Amber - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My 10 week old daughter hates tummy time, she either cries the whole time she's on her tummy or she just lays there. She can hold her head up for a couple of seconds when i hold her up or she is on my hip. Any suggestions? oh and she also Hates her car seat.. sigh.. help me please!

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Crystal - posted on 07/15/2010

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My daughter hates tummy time and she is 10 weeks old. I have learned to prop her up on a boppy pillow or wedge will work. She has been doing much better since I started doing that. She also likes to be in your arms for tummy time but make sure to change arms when doing this. I started to notice that she would only turn her head in one direction bc I held her in only one arm. So make sure to change arms.

Linda - posted on 07/05/2010

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My daughter hated tummy time until she was old enough to roll over onto her tummy. When I asked my sister-in-law about it she said her two hated it as well. She'll probably like it more when her neck muscles are stronger and she can hold her head up better.

Kelly - posted on 07/04/2010

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my little girl hated tummy time too...the only way i could get her to 'play' on her belly was to lay down with her and put her on my legs (laying on my back with legs bent in the air) and holding on or laying her on my tummy and singing. i wouldn't worry too much, just keep trying :0) and only have her on her tummy brief periods. My little girl is 11mths now and she is starting to hate getting in the car..not out. i hand alot of toys for her to reach in the car...maybe if you can find a cot toy that lights up or a mobile...may help distract her???

Felicia - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son hated tummy time up until he was about 3 weeks. He would cry the whole time. My DR sai let him fuss for a minute or two, even walk away - which is the hardest thing I have ever done. I would walk around the corner, and once I was "out of sight, out of mind", he was fine. I think the fact I was there, he cried so I would pick him up.

Stephanie - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son did too hun, werent till he wanted to crawl he actually tolerated it...trey little and often to get her used to it

Kat - posted on 07/02/2010

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my son hated tummy time with a passion, and so they said he had hypotonia (no muscle tone) but he was incredibly strong. some babies hate belly time, some dont mind it. dont let anyone tell you your baby's weird or abnormal, because you know know her better than anyone. the only way i got tristan any belly time was to get 1 of those things you put them on for belly time (my son has a ladybug, but i cant think of what you call them) and it has a little mat under it with rattles and mirrors and stuff, and they can spin themselves around it. that's the only way i could get him on belly time, otherwise he'd roll back over onto his back (he did it almost immediately at 2 months old)

Sheelah - posted on 07/02/2010

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my son hated tummy time as well but if you do it a few times a day for even just a couple mins its still works :) i found a noisy singing dancing toy that my son loved to watch while he layed on his stomach......

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I didn't sweat tummy time too much. He got it.. or he didn't. He is NOT going to be 17 years old laying on his tummy fussing because he can't see around him. They DO figure it out.
Try laying the baby on your tummy and then you can talk to him and make faces at him which will encourage him to lift his head and see your face.
If your baby has a favorite pet try bringing the pet around when it's tummy time. My baby's best encouragement was when his little friend bo-bo would lick him. This would make him want to turn and see and play with his little doggie friend.
If you have a bean bag chair you can lay him tummy down in that. The beans arrange under the baby and support him in an upright position. My boy still loves his bean bag chair.
As far as the car seat goes... we didn't have much of an issue with the baby in his infant car seat, he didn't mind it much. But that could have been because we unlatched it and took it inside and used it to keep him in while I was cooking or bathing. When we got him his forward facing seat we left it in the living room floor for a week and let him play with it some before it was installed in the car. He seemed really comfortable with it after that.
And please remember... babies are so fickle. What they refuse today is going to be all they want tomorrow.

Virginia - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son hated both tummy time and the car seat when he was very little. When he began rolling over on his own he bagan to enjoy tummy time because, I believe, he knew that if he didn't want to be on his stomach any longer, he had the ability to roll himself onto his back again.

He also has no problem with the car seat now and that has come with age. I think that you are worried about your daughter making her developmental markers at the precise moment that you think she should be and that you are focusing too much on those things. She sounds like she is on track and if her pediatrician is happy with her health and development, then you have nothing to worry about. Just continue to practice tummy time with her and let her go at her own pace. You can't rush it anyway!

Sarah - posted on 07/02/2010

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My Son Is 7 Months Old & Still Doesn't Like Tummy-Time. Your Daughter Will Get Used To Tummy-Time In Time. (: She's Still A Bit Young Also. As Far A The Carseat, My Son Doesn't Like His Too Well Either, But They'll Get Used To The Carseat After Awhile. Some Babies Just Take Time Getting Used To Everything. I Know My Son Still Is. (:

Emily - posted on 07/01/2010

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i dont know of one child who likes tummy time... which makes sense when you think about it. tummy time is a lot of work building muscles and babies dont have much sense of loving a good work out quite yet! its probably rather uncomfortable for their neck, despite being good for them. they just have to keep trying little by little until they get the hang of it. just dont leave her on her tummy for too long... thats just torture! as for the car seat -also frustrating for babies. they are separated from the ones they love and who are usually holding them and the back seat can be rather boring, esp when faced backwards and cant quite see anything out the window. that one she might just have to tough out for lack of a better option but you can just try playing music that she likes or try to talk to her. neither worked with my son but he does have a mirror on the backseat for me to see him... he also likes that he can see me back in it!

Amanda - posted on 07/01/2010

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My son hated tummy time too, but he could tolerate it if we put him on a pillow, especially the Boppy because he wouldn't sink into it. In the beginning, we just put him down for a few minutes, until he was less irritated and agitated by it.

Christina - posted on 07/01/2010

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My baby boy did to at that age but he was rolling over at 3 months and now we cant keep him off his tummy. My boy hates his carseat too if I attach toys to his straps wish clips he seems to occupy himself better.

Mylene - posted on 06/30/2010

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Your daughter MAY not have a medical condition, but it is a possibility. Having her checked out will confirm if she does or not and you are never too careful. My nephew did not like tummy time because he had a hernia. If my sister in law had not taken him to the doctor, we wouldn't have known. My daughter on the other hand, never like tummy time. I had her checked just in case. No medical problem, just did not like it. Still does not like it even though she is crawling and pulling herself up now. I did not insist with it because she hated it so much. It did not hinder her at all.

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2010

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i also was told that tummy time can be them laying on you when you lay on the floor or sofa.

Kathy - posted on 06/30/2010

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my daughter hated tummy time till she learned to roll over on her own, and now at 9 months she'd rather sleep on her tummy than her back. Just be patient and persistent, maybe give it a little less than recommended to keep her happier. I didn't give Fay her tummy time as much as they wanted, and she's crawling sitting and everything now.

Amber - posted on 06/30/2010

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Her hating tummy time suprised me as she sleeps on her tummy! ( her Doc gave the ok for it ) but she does come close to flipping over when she is on her back, and she can hold her head up for a couple of seconds when she is in my arms. But it does still worry me that her not doing tummy time may delay something... but then i am a first time mom so i worry about everything!

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2010

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my son still doesnt like tummy time and he is 6 months. i give it to him in little doses, he would rather sit up or stand..lol. the health nurse said not to fret its not for motor control its so they dont get flat heads from laying on their backs all the time. As for the car seat he hates that too, i play music for him also and sing, but for long trips we stop alot and stretch or someone sits with him in the back.

Tarah - posted on 06/30/2010

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Dont worry too much with the tummy time my son hated it so i only put him on his tummy occassionally (like once a week) until he was about 4 months now he is better he is getting ready to crawl @7.5 months so unless she has a really flat spot on her head I would just do it when you can handle it. and the car seat i cant help with we just had to stick it out with a screaming baby until he was 5 months and we turned him forward facing( a month too early) but he loved it instantly.

Jessica - posted on 06/29/2010

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I still tried tummy time.. and would quit when he was cranky, even if it was 2 minutes. He starting sitting at 4 months and walking at 7, completely skipped crawling. Who knows if it helped??

Nikki - posted on 06/29/2010

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SHE DOES NOT HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION!!!

ALOT OF BABIES HATE TUMMY TIME
My son used to scream as if I was seriously hurting him, so we stopped putting him on his tummy until he was ready and at 6 months he rolled over on his own and LOVED tummy time, spent the majority of his time after that on his tummy. And the lack of tummy time prior caused no effect, he pulled himself up a couple weeks later and was crusing around the furniture by 7 months then crawling and walking at 11. He is one extremely strong little boy, so the myths that if they dont get tummy time is damaging is incorrect. I have always believed to never rush a baby, let them do everything in their own time and when they are comfortable, that way they will feel more confident to begin with. Enjoy every moment because in a blink the time will fly by and youll miss the days you could just hold them in your arms.

Lise - posted on 06/29/2010

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I laid my lo one my tummy for tummy time and she loved it! Big help. She doesn't have to be on the floor.

Renae - posted on 06/29/2010

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This is VERY common. Most young babies HATE tummy time. However, most professionals (I say most because there are some who thinks its a load of bolony) believe tummy time is quite important.

Persist with it, but only do a couple of minutes at a time. Once she will stay on her tummy for two minutes without screaming, then do 3 minutes. Work your way up to 20 minutes, a few times a day, over the next 4-5 months.

Also get down on the floor so your face is level with hers and try to amuse her. Give her colourful toys, sing songs, show her a mirror, whatever you can think of.

As far as the car seat, she will get used to it and she will grow out of hating it.

Just remember that in 6 months you will have a whole new set of problems and will have completely forgotten about how she used to hate her car seat. :)

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You're daughter does not have a medical condition. Some babies never like tummy time and at such a young age it is best to get them used to it gradually only a few seconds at first. My son is now 7 months old and trying to crawl and he hated tummy time until he was around 4 months old. Try giving her tummy time when she has not just eaten as it will make it more uncomfortable for her.

Olivia - posted on 06/29/2010

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might be cause it hurts her tummy since she is still young, I didn't start tummy time till my daughter was about 3 1/2 months. Try a wedge pillow for her to lay on, will probably help a lot.

Heather - posted on 06/29/2010

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My daughter loathed tummy time until she was 3 mo to the day (last week haha). Once she could pick her head up and look forward she was ok for a few minutes. I got a tummy time mat for her when she hated it and could keep her interested because she could look at the toys on the mat with her head propped up a little. We played airplane (before meals, not after lol), let her sit and stand often and tried to draw her attention up or forward, and my husband carried her on his arm on her tummy. I was afraid we weren't doing enough until she all of the suddem propped up and started looking around. Also, she has a baby einstein light up aquarium from target (pretty cheap) and not she will lay on her tummy and watch it. I was afraid she would hate tummy time forever, but as long as you keep at it for short bursts she will be ok. No one said you had to do 30 min uninterrupted!

Nichole - posted on 06/29/2010

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My son hated tummy time until about 5 months old when he started scooting. Now at 10 months if he's not cruising furniture he is crawling all over.

As for the car seat...my son never liked his and still don't. But if I turn on his favorite music (wierd thing, realized when he was 2 months old R&B or hiphop calms him....) he's okay with the carseat for awhile. Long drives don't go well unless we take frequent stops.

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