Why does my 2 month old hate tummy time?

Tiffany - posted on 07/09/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 2 month old HATES tummy time! We have tried everything from propping him up on the boppy to putting toys in front of him to getting down on his level and he hates it! The only way he will do tummy time is on our chest/stomach....has anyone experienced this and maybe have some tips? Thanks! :)

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/26/2011

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My daughter liked tummy time, my son hated it. I tried it with my son, but it wasn't worth doing it with him He is 5 and healthy. If tummy time works for your little ones, go for it. If it stresses them out, don't do it. I am sure by now, (5 months old at this point right?) you probably don't even need to do it anymore.

Erin - posted on 10/25/2011

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Girl my daughter hated tummy time when she was 2 months! She would scream n scream n screeeeaaam! Now she is 4 months and she has figured out how to roll from her back to her belly, but she cant roll from her bekky to her back....sooo I put her in her crib the other night and she rolled onto her belly so she started yellin n yellin, i go in and turn her back over & no sooner then i walk out of the room shes yellin again because she has rolled herself over again...so i rolled up a blanket and put it on the side she rolls to so that she couldnt roll and that jus pist her off because she couldnt rol! LOL she needed to take her but to sleep is what she needed to do!

Monica - posted on 10/24/2011

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They usually do. And you know what? I was torn between doing what professionals said was right and my baby pleads to get him off that position and I listened to my baby, he had about 5 minutes tummy time a day, if any. He crawled at 8 and a half months and at 10 months is cruising along furniture and walls! I think that tummy time is a way to get babies off their cots because some parents just leave them there, innactive. If you carry your baby around, play a lot with them sitting them on your lap, puts him on his tummy to play on your knees, your baby will not be floppy and have a flat head. My bub is living proof! Don't beat yourself up. Good luck.

Joedda - posted on 10/14/2011

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My hates it too. But he will be okay until he can't crawl he tries so hard then he cries

Abby - posted on 08/30/2011

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Almost all babies dislike belly time. but belly time is very important in development. Even if they cry it is okay just do it for 2 or 3 minutes but do it several times a day.

Tyarria - posted on 08/25/2011

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well my son started crawling at fourteen months... i put on the floor all he wanted to do was sit up and clap his hands...lol

Nichola - posted on 08/25/2011

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My son really didn't like it to begin with, we had a large exercise ball which really helped. We put him on his tum & rocked it back & forth for a few mins a day for a couple of weeks. He was happy on the ball & it seemed to get him used to holding his head up. Then we found putting a black & white book down on the ground by him made him interested to stay on his tummy on the floor longer. Good luck :)

Rachel - posted on 08/20/2011

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its not that comforatble think how we feel laying on our tummies!!! tummy time on your chest is great, they don't need alot of time , for one of my kids the only time they got was when i dressed them i would turn then over to do up buttons/studs and they got myabe a couple of minutes at the most. It won't stop them crawling and developing normally - don't stress!!!

Amanda - posted on 08/19/2011

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My son had the same problem. He hated doing tummy time. I just had to be persistent and only let him stay on his belly for a few minutes at a time. Once he got to be about 6 months old it was a lot easier and not so frustrating for him.

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Oh also you can do it at multiple times in one day depending on how much free time you have you can just keepin workin with him and he'll get it even faster!

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If your baby sleeps on his back and most of his time is spent on his back then thats what he is used to so he wont like being on his belly cuz its new and its work. Just do it a little bit every day on the actual floor tho. so lets say monday he is on his belly for three minutes and thats all he can do then thats fine do that again the next day but aim for four minutes then once he can do it for that long aim for five or six and so on he will get the hang of it! It happens to a lot of babies but he will grow out of it mama :)

Julie - posted on 08/09/2011

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My little boy didnt like tummy time either until he was 6 months old, he would cry until i picked him up, he hated it with a passion, i tried all diff times during the day and still hated it. I actually brought a toy to put in front of him, i only rarely seen them around but like all things when you are looking for something you can never find them, when your not looking for it they are around everywhere. Its a water playmat, its clear and has floating things inside, eg animals depends on what is out there now. You buy it flat packed with no water, only retails for $9. By the time i found one he was 6 months, i placed in front of him and he loved it as when you hit it, the toys inside will move to the movement of the water. He enjoyed it and was crawling by 7 months. Plus i even used it as a playmat under the Jolly Jumper. But just beware of older children jumping on it. But every child is Different.

Tiffany - posted on 07/17/2011

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I have started laying him on my chest and he seems to be doing a little better. He is holding his head up extremely well he just doesn't like to lay down unless he's going to sleep(little mr. independent). I am just doing a little with him each day until I can get him really used to it. Thanks ladies for all the helpful advice...I guess time really is the key. He still won't use his arms to support himself when he's on his belly, but he is holding his head up like a champ. :)

Carri - posted on 07/17/2011

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My boys both hated tummy time so I did just 30 secs at a time and sometimes only once a day. they started getting a little strength in their necks I'd get down on the floor with them and make me the thing they held their head up to see. I don't think not having much tummy time hurt them they both crawled at 8 mths.
My advice - don't worry :-)

Edna - posted on 07/13/2011

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I had the same problem with my little boy, he would only sleep on his front, not on his back, but if you tryed to put him on his tummy when he was awake he'd have a major hissy fit, he's now 11 months old and crawling all over the place, I think you should put your little one down everyday but once he starts to winge pick him up thats what we did and one day he just started crawling now theres no stopping him, all kids are different my daughter loved tummy time but never crawled, so just go with the flow and he'll make his mind up when he's ready.xx

Amy - posted on 07/13/2011

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mine did that when gassy or had burp stuck. other than that, once they can hold heads up, its not so frustrating. until mine held heads up well, i had them on my chest.

Katie - posted on 07/13/2011

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my baby girl hated tummy time at first. i would do tummy time a few times a day for just a couple minutes. once she got frustrated i would get her off her belly. eventually she started to love it. she is now almost 4 and a half months and can be on her belly for about 30 min at a time. just keep doing tummy time and that little boy will soon love to be on his tummy.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/12/2011

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Same as mine. He HATED tummy time, so I didn't do it as much as I should have. I think that there weren't any really bad consequences, but he was slower at rolling and crawling (9 months) than other babies. I think it was because he didn't get as much tummy time as they did.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/10/2011

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mine does not like tummy time either but will lay on me and my husband. He is still working the neck muscles so we don't worry about it, I know he will eventually when he is ready. I am sire yours will too.

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I think that's completely normal. It's frustrating for them because their neck muscles are not strong. The only tip I have is to make sure his tummy isn't full so he isn't more uncomfortable. Keep trying though, one day he will surprise you and be okay with it!

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