my little girl hates tummy time

Nicole - posted on 07/04/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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i put her on her tummy but she cannot lift her head up and ends up licking what shes laying on shes 3 months old and im worried as she doesnt lift her head up she did it the other day on her change table really well but seems to struggle any other time im trying to do tummy time once a day she hates it any suggestions

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Carrie - posted on 07/05/2010

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Try placing a mirror, book or toy...or you, for that matter, in front of her so she'll have an incentivs to raise her head. You can also use a boppy to prop her up sometimes. Use lots of praise and encouragement, too. It's very important to do tummy time every day so she can crawl someday, so stick with it. Good luck!

Marissa - posted on 07/04/2010

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my daughter is 10 weeks old and she hates it too. a friend of mine told me to roll up a towel, or banket and put it under her chest and it has seemed to work a little, her tummy time lasts a few more minutes then it used to :D shes still not that big a fan but she'll tolerate it a little better now

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Kayla - posted on 08/03/2010

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my babe doesnt mind it for like the first minute. then he starts grunting a whole lot then gets mad. He absolutely LOVES doing it on my tummy. he'll lay his head down and wait a few then lift his head and look at me until i look down at him then just smile and put his head back down. its too cute.

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My Little man hated it too, so I started getting him use to it by laying him on my belly while I was sitting on the couch. He love to hold his head up them to look at me chatting to him. Another one I do is while sitting on the couch is lay him on his belly with his chest on my leg and his legs on the couch. He now like belly time on his floor mat much better. But don't worry....babies seem to have their own schedule and will stick to it!

Ashley - posted on 07/31/2010

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My daughter hates it too. Although my daughter lifts her head & has learned to do this on her own. Sometimes I put her on my stomach and talk to her to get her to get her mind off of the fact that she is on her stomach. She usually cries right away. But I do not se where she is behind at all and is even beginning to sit up without any support. Try not to listen to what ppl say is normal cause that is not always right. Babies will do things when they get ready. Until then try putting her on your stomach for about 10 minutes

Alexis - posted on 07/31/2010

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My little boy, Christopher hates tummy time as well. What I am trying to do is trying to slowly get him into liking it and enjoying it. He is almost 3 1/2 months old now. What he does like though is laying on his tummy against my chest or daddy's and he will lift his head up. He is still not quite strong enough to lift his head all the way up, yet but he is slowly but surely getting there. Any other moms having a problem with their little boys enjoying tummy time as well? I had my little one on his rainforest tummy time mat, yesterday. I gave him about 5 minutes of tummy time then gently rolled him onto his back and he enjoyed doing his little baby aerobics(kicking his legs and moving his arms, simultaneously). I love watching babies when they do this. He also was hitting the little toys that are on the mat too and when he hits them the mat plays music and different sounds so he enjoyed being on his back but not the tummy. I have a lady that comes out to my house through a program called Healthy Families and she told me that him being 3 months that he's still too young to really enjoy tummy time. Do any of you other moms on here find this statement to be true?

Samantha - posted on 07/30/2010

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my son screams the sec i put him on his tummy, iv tried everything nothing helps

Lauren - posted on 07/18/2010

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I will tell you that my daughter is going to be 3 months old on the 22nd, and she does the same thing...when I put her on her tummy, she just licks her blankets!!!! Or tries to eat the blanket. So it's not just you, as far as her head, she can hold her head up pretty good, but then there are times where she doesn't want to hold it up at all...so just try and still stick with tummy time. Also, try and put her on her belly on top of you, I do that with Alison, and she tends to hold her head up better that way...so it helps her hold her head up while she has tummy time on the floor. Good Luck!!!

Jodi - posted on 07/18/2010

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My 3mth old does tummy time really well when laying on a soft surface,lifts his chest right up but not so wel if laying on floor ( on a rug),if she enjoys it on the change table,you change more than 1 nappy a day..plenty of time for tummy time,doesnt have to be for too long.

Jillayne - posted on 07/17/2010

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I worried at first when my daughter didn't like tummy time, but my doctor reminded me that there are lots of things that count as tummy time like people mentioned above, being propped up with a boppy or pillow, being held on your lap supported under the arms, laying on your chest ... anything at all that gives them the opportunity to lift and hold thier head, or push up thier torso. When thought about that way, she actually does quite a bit, and has good control of her head, so I stopped worrying. The more that she has those opportunities, the stronger she will get and the more she will like it.

Lawre - posted on 07/13/2010

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My 3 month old cant stand tummy time. I have tried everything that I did last time eg. rolled towels, using toys and mirrors etc to make him lift his head to no avail. I feel the pressure from the health nurses but all my son does is lift it for 1 second then put it down if he lifts it at all. He usually gets so annoyed that he starts crying due to not wanting to do tummy time. Very frustrating.

Cj - posted on 07/12/2010

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I think the key is to start with a few minutes at a time a few times a day until they get used to it and gradually add more time to it. My daughter fusses after 5-10 minutes or she'll roll over onto her back.

Genna - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son is 3 months tomorrow and hates tummy time. He's good at it and can lift his head and shoulders for a long time but after 5-10 min will scream his head off.

LETICIA - posted on 07/12/2010

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My 11 week old also dislikes tummy time, however I've found that if I lay him on his tummy on top of a pretty flat pillow w/ his pacifier in his mouth he can usually tolerate tummy time a little longer. Also his Pediatrician recommended to only try tummy time when he's well rested & fed (full tummy). Good luck

Amanda - posted on 07/12/2010

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after she has had a feed sit her on your knee facing the tv and she will eventually lift her head to watch i had exactly the same problem this helped over two weeks time and she is nice and strong now xx

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I had the same problem until recently. I would always put her on her stomach on the carpet in the living room or family room and she hated it. Even when I was fully engaged with her, talking with her, patting the floor, rattling toys in front of her, she just didn't last as long as I would have liked, maybe 2 min-3 min tops. Recently I found that she likes tummy time on my bed and on her soft changing table pad. I was also at a friends house today and the daughter put her on a blanket on a hardwood floor in their living room and she did just fine. I think it has to do with how soft and plush the surface is. Good Luck

Lauren - posted on 07/10/2010

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my little girl didn't used to be bothered by it but now she cries after a few seconds of being on her tummy! i tried her today laying her on my chest as i was laid down and propped up slightly and she was fine with that as she was slightly upright and could see me so i think il stick to that from now on! try it that way and see how you go on!

Leslie - posted on 07/10/2010

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My 3 months dislikes tummy time so much that she has already learnt how to turn herself over. So cute! Unfortunately for her I keep putting her back onto her tummy!

Amy - posted on 07/10/2010

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My daughter is 3 months and hated tummy time as well. Dont put her on her tummy unless its been 30 mins after eating, cause if she just ate it will make her tummy ache. We would just lay on out bed with her on our tummy and we'd walk around the house showing her things so she would try to lift her head to look at things. After she started to get more control I would place her on her tummy on our bed more and longer each time. I only did this for about 2 weeks. The yesterday I placed blankets on the ground placed her on her back and she rolled all the way over by herself. hope this helps!

Melanie - posted on 07/10/2010

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Get a boppy pillow (if you don't already have one) and prop her arms and shoulders over it so her torso is at a 45 degree angle with the ground. My three month old LOVES this and he hold his head up strait to look around. Just make sure you stay attentive cuz they can slide down and get a mouthful of pillow!

Tina - posted on 07/06/2010

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aww how cute. my baby lilith doesnt like tummy time either she gets mad, but another way to do sorta like tummy time which they should like lay them on your chest while your slightly layed down. it will still work there n eck muscles and arm muscles. and has done really well for my baby sence she is devolping at a good normal rate. even though i skip tummy time quite a bit :)

Nicole - posted on 07/06/2010

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thanks everyone yeah i did notice when she was on the change table after her bath because her towel has a pretty picture on it she lifted herself right up all excellent advice thank you!

Carrie - posted on 07/06/2010

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Oh, and like Roxanne mentioned, mood plays a big factor. I find the best time to put mine on his tummy is when he's in an active awake state. He'll usually be kicking his feet and waving his hands around...When is see this, I put him on his tummy.

Tegan - posted on 07/05/2010

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My daughter hates it as well but I find the more distractions she has ie. mirror, balls, toys the longer she lasts!

Roxanne - posted on 07/05/2010

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All babies hate tummy time because until they are moving they are stuck and cant see the world. My son does his tummy time on my tummy he loves it because he can lift his head up and see my face, we have good lil talks like this. I also place a baby mirror under his face when hes on the floor and I only have tummy time when hes relaxed otherwise he'll scream as soon as he goes down. Try the tummy to tummy technique she may love this new experience of cuddling you on her tummy

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