My son is 5 months old, i know he needs his tummy time, but every time i put him on his belly, he just gets frustrated, cries and then spits up. is this normal? i try to make sure its not right after he eats and his belly isnt as full...

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Holly - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter hates her belly she cries and cries. so I try to give her tummy time and let her be on her tummy as much as possible. I think its just because they aren't used to the access pressure on their tummies.

Amanda - posted on 02/01/2009

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my son used to throw up everytime i put him on his tummy and he could never hold that big head up for more than about 30 seconds. i felt bad for him but i asked one of my friends what to do and this is what she told. if you have a boppy to lay it down and put his chest on it that way he still gets tummy time w/out all the issues. plus he's able to put his head down when he gets tired.

Alicia - posted on 01/29/2009

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Oh my daughter hates tummy time also, she does not spit up tp much not really worried aboutthe spitup but she hates tummy time, but she now rolls and goes on her tummy by herself and gets really frustrated when she can not roll back and screeeeeeeeeeeeams..LOL



 



I asked the doctor and he told me not to worry that all babys are diferent, but every time I do not feel right I go again and again to the doctor, I belive my doc will start hiding from me.. hehe

Emma - posted on 01/29/2009

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my son didnt like tummy time either to begin with, it is frustrating when they havent the ability to move yet, i bought a colourful playmat, its a vtech onw, it has activity play at the top with lights and music so i faced him that way, within a week or so his head strength had built up loads he loves it now and is starting to roll over which is fab xx

Ellen - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have some resistance from our son's dad(Eddie is his first, although he did help out with his niece when his sister lived at home) he insists that I give the baby tummy time. I told him the baby doesn't like it and rolls over everytime within a minute, usually right after his spits up, but he still insists that he gets it. However our son sleeps on his stomach so when he wakes in the morning he will reach up and play with his toys on his stomach so I count that as his extended tummy time (we also play in the morning but that is more use mommy as a jungle gym than tummy time).

Amber - posted on 01/29/2009

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My daughter also spit up every time we put her on her tummy and it didn't matter if she had just ate or not. I was told not to worry. She will now be 6 months next week and loves tummy time, she has just started to push herself backwards and she hardly ever spits up. Tummy time takes some getting used to, I used to let her cry for a bit and then pick her up. I would do this 3-4 times a day and it wasn't until she rolled from her stomach to her back that she started to like it.

Camille - posted on 01/29/2009

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...i dont think that the spittin up part is normal...i would tell his dr just to be on the safe side...but my son hated tummy time with a passion..he could only go for about 2 or 3 mins without screaming...

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My son HATES 'tummy time" too....spits up and everthing.  I do it a few times a day just for a couple of minutes, and he screams & cries and his little face turns red!  Needless to say, I don't like tummy time either.  So, I figure, he'll do it when he's ready....I don't care what the Dr says. :)

Ellen - posted on 01/28/2009

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Our son HATES tummy time. He rolls right over on his back to play with his toes. I figure if he wants toe time over tummy time who am I to argue? We do a combo of both, playing while he's on his back and on his tummy with an activity mirror. Plus I let him "crawl" all over me, roll onto the bed and creep to the mirror and roll over and "eat his toes". Once we complete a full circuit, we start over again until he gets bored and wants to "nap" or eat. He gets half an hour before he's had enough. He is more of a jumper. He LOVES to jump annd will smile and get excited if you ask him if he wants to jump. I pretty much let him do the activities he wants as long as they are geared towards positive development and his happiness..

Shauna - posted on 01/27/2009

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Try using a nursing pillow - my daughter likes this.  Also if you are not doing so already get down with him so he can see your face, that might help.  Keep trying and even if it is just for a few minutes a day, it is better than nothing!

Nadia - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi i have a daughter also 5months who never liked her tummy untill she sould roll over by her self now she loves it, i would just say dont push him to much with his tummy time he wil like it eventually.

My daughter also spits up dont know what thats due to

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2009

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My daughter also hated tummy time until last week when she started rolling over but now she'll do it on her own after rolling over and lasts several minutes before rolling back over. She already looks like she wants to crawl (but can't and gets mad).  Her older sister (who's 2) also hated tummy time. I know it's supposed to help develop their upper arm strength but my two year did just fine with very, very minimal early (before she did it herself) tummy time and she is a perfectly normal 2 year old and my 5 month old is also developing fine without parent controlled tummy time. I  wouldn't worry at all if your child wants to wait a while before tolerating also.



My ped said that time in the exersaucer and jumparoo helped develop her upper arm strength just as well  as tummy time and she loves both of those so I did this instead.  

Justine - posted on 01/21/2009

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My girl was the same- younger babies at mother's group are pushing up on their arms and such. I won't repeat what other ppl have already said (which has mostly worked for us, esp the propping up at first and doing tummy time on YOU), but I've found lately that doing tummy time in front of a mirror helps. Molly is fascinated by her reflection, especially when I get down ther with her.

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Quoting Amanda:

My son is 5 months old, i know he needs his tummy time, but every time i put him on his belly, he just gets frustrated, cries and then spits up. is this normal? i try to make sure its not right after he eats and his belly isnt as full...




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the best thing you can do is start by gentling rolling over, from his back to his belly and back. It's a nice and fun game to do on the big bed or so. If you accompagny it by cheers and laughters, he'll normally like it...gradually, you can prolong the time he stays on his belly. So you roll over, stay on his belly for a few seconds and then again you roll to his back.  Try to roll over again BEFORE he starts crying, so that he will not be rewarded for his crying but he is being rewarded for his fun laying on his belly (the reward being that you roll over again to his back). hope this helps a bit. greetz

Charis - posted on 01/20/2009

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same with my child is the same way and my doctor said that's itsbecause he doesnt get it enough and i thought he was full of shit but sure enoughi started doin little spurts during the day and he now tolerates it alot better

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2009

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thank you everyone for all the great feedback, i will try a few things and i'm sure he will be fine with it soon enough. he's just so happy and smiley all the time, it makes me nervous when he cries cause he hardly does, but it sounds like he is pretty normal. again-thanks

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son is the same way.  It seems no matter what even having toys for him to look at, he will cry and spit up.  Put something under my son so it propts him up a little and laying down next to him seems to help for a little while.  Good luck.

Kimber Lee - posted on 01/20/2009

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I think it's normal.  My son does the same time.  It's always going to be frustrated.  He also has reflux and was put on a prescription.  If your son spits up more than you think is normal, then tell his pediatritian.

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son was the same way, but if i\you do it little bits at a time, then he will work up to liking it. It will teach him to grab, and role. I dont know that it is necessary, but every doc i have talked to says it is...so i try and get him on his belly several times a day...even 5 mins at a t ime is better than nothing.

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My son didn't like being on his tummy for the longest time, he would get frustrated also and just cry. It would frustrate me because I knew he needed to get tummy time so he could get stronger, but I never wanted to put him on his tummy because I couldn't stand the crying. I would only do it a little bit at a time. Now he is gradually starting to enjoy it, but only for a few mintues at a time. We've tried putting him over a soft pillow (like a nursing pillow) to elevate his torso a little more and lift his head, he seems to enjoy that because he can look around more. Keep trying and I'm sure he will learn to like it when he becomes stronger!

Angela - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter hated it until I got a toy she lays on with bright colored animals on it. She loved staring at it and trying to grab em. I also used her boppy to prop her up sometimes. Now I put her on her belly every morning when she is her happiest and she rolls over and loves it! Just keep trying!

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That is interesting, I have never heard that before.  Tummy time probably is western because putting babies on their backs to sleep is also western.

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My son HATES tummy time.  I talked to my pediatrician about it.  She said that tummy time is such a western concept and is not really a necessilty.  When he is ready, he will do his thing.  Anyone else heard this before?`

Diana - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son has really bad reflux (on medicine 3 times a day!!!) and spit up every single time he was on his tummy. He finally rolled over and would get stuck on his stomach, throwing up and then laying his face in it. It was really bad! Now he flips over all the time and even sleeps on his stomach during nap time. I think he just got worked up at first with the new position and eventually got better at it!

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Does he have acid reflux?  if so, tummy time may be painful for him.  My five month old still protests tummy time, but he used to be heaps worse.  I started doing it in very small spurts several times a day.  Sometimes he would only last 30 seconds to a minute!  But gradually he got better.  Do you put a pillow under him?  Sometimes being propped up a bit helps them.  Also, tummy time on your chest is fun-or your legs as you lay on your back and fold your legs up.  Then you can play with him and he can see your face. 

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