My 6 week old son hates tummy time with a passion!

Darcie - posted on 12/15/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Every time I try and put him on his tummy (whether on the floor or on me) he screams like there's no tomorrow. Has anyone ever had this problem and what did you do? I'm desperate!

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Terri - posted on 01/02/2009

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What Laura W. just said rings a bell with me. My son, who hated tummy time, held his head up higher and longer than ever when we went to the doctor for his 2 month check up. She had him naked on the examining table on his tummy and he wasn't even fussing. Go figure!

Laura - posted on 12/30/2008

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I thought I had tried everything to get my daughter to like tummy time - toys, mirrors, being down there with her etc... You would have thought we did tummy time on hot coals - she would just cry, scream, pound the floor and, incidentally, do push ups for ten minutes or until she fell asleep. Then one day when she was almost 3 months old, at my mom's house, my mom was holding her naked and I thought her back looked funny. We promptly set her down on the dining room table to check it out and after realizing it looked fine, we also realized she was loving being on her tummy! The next day she shocked us by loving it again and by rolling! The trick to her tummy time is apparently taking off all her clothes and elevating her on a table. Naturally, because she's elevated we watch her like hawks and I just let my hands hover near her sides so she'll never roll too far. It seems kind of weird, but she loves it so I'm going with it :)

Tara - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter hates tummy time too. I bought one of those tummy time mats from infantino and it has helped somewhat. It has a pillow to prop their heads up which makes it easier for her, and has some toys for her to look at. She still fusses though. I have found that putting her tummy down on my chest has been a lot easier for her, because I talk to her and she coos back at me.

Kandice - posted on 12/30/2008

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My son didn't like it until about 8 weeks or so. I still put him on his tummy every other day and he always cried but I just left him there for a couple of minutes and encouraged him. No he's 4 months and still after about 5 to 10 mins he cries and wants to be turned onto his back.

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my bella is the same way. she is 5 wks old but still doesn't stay awake long enough for tummy time but when she does, she doesn't like it. is that a problem?

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My son didn't like tummy time at first either, He;s better with it now, I've found that I prop his arms up underneath his during tummy time he is happier because he can lift his head farther. He can also chew on his fists in that position and he really likes that.

Shannon - posted on 12/22/2008

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My daughter didn't like tummy time till she was about 6 months old. Like Heather said,just give hime tummy time for a couple minutes 2-3 times a day, he'll eventually start liking it. The main reason for tummy time is to avoid getting a flat head, so just try to position him different ways when you hold him or lay him down.

Stephani - posted on 12/21/2008

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Hello! My son HATES tummy time as well! Everytime I put him on his belly he whines the whole time! The doctor said to just put him on his belly for shorter periods of time more times throughout the day until he starts getting used to it. I've been doing it for about a week now, but he still gets upset- i'm sure he'll get used to it soon though!

Vidhi - posted on 12/21/2008

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My son is 6 weeks as well & hates coming on his tummy.. is it necessary to put a habit to come on his tummy... are there any benefits of it.. please advice..

Mary - posted on 12/16/2008

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Don't sweat it, he's still really young. My little one, who is 3 months now, hated it at first too. Just put him down on his tummy till he cries, and slowly he'll get more and more used to it. Don't leave him there once he is upset though, that won't help any. It's just an adjustment thing. It is perfectly normal for him to hate it right now.

Michele - posted on 12/16/2008

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Hi! My daughter was the same way and kind of still is. We just do tummy time in shorter periods of time. We just make sure she has lots to look at. We started by proping her up on a pillow and working from there. She likes it much better than before now, and rolls over when she is done.

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Oops! I didn't see that yours was only 6 weeks-sorry. Maybe the leg thing wont work right now. :)

Lisa - posted on 12/15/2008

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My son hated tummy time, so I did not put him on his tummy that much. He held his up when he was supposed to, he turned over when he was supposed to. He is 11 mos. now and started walking. He is fine and doing everything on time. I would not beat yourself up about it.

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Hi Darcie! My son was the same way. Just persevere, but don't stress out about it. He WILL come around. Mine still fusses a little, but he is much better now. Try putting him on a pillow so his face is elevated a bit. Also, depending on how old he is, you can lay on your back and bend your legs and place him on your shins. This is fun for my son. He can also have tummy time on your chest while you talk excitingly to him. :) Even if it is just for 1-2 minutes at a time and just a couple times a day, he will get stronger and stronger and be able to spend more and more time on his tummy.

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