doesn't like "Tummy time"

Beth - posted on 06/28/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old girl, Piper, hates being put down on her stomach therefore "tummy time" doesn't happen for more than a few minutes, if at all, in the run of day. She's my first and I'm not sure if I should be worried or not. She has great head-control and loves to play on her back or propped up with a pillow but I'm concerned that she won't learn to roll over, etc... am I just being a worry-wart?
~Beth

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Michelle - posted on 06/30/2009

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My daughter is 6 months old and she still hates tummy time!! She freaks out if she has to lay on her tummy for more then a few seconds!! It can be stressfull because I worry about her crawling. She makes no effort at all!

Ashley - posted on 07/01/2009

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it is perfectly normal my daughter didnt like to be on her belly until she taught herself to roll there by herself itll be ok and she will get there good luck and dont worry

Minnie - posted on 06/30/2009

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I'm not being snotty, I just want to put this in perspective and have you think about this: do you really think she's going to be doomed to immobility for the rest of her life? No, obviously not.

Infants in traditional culturs are carried strapped to their mothers' bodies all day long. They're rarely set on the ground, always in someone's arms. And those babies crawl much sooner than the average western baby.

Amy - posted on 06/29/2009

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My daughter hated tummy time at first as well. After about 2 minutes she'd just lay there and scream. Little by little, she began to gain more control over her upper body, and once she was able to really push up with her hands, she began letting me keep her on her tummy for longer periods of time. She rolled over at about 4 months and since then she's fine on her tummy - I think she know realizes she's not stuck on her tummy and has the power to move herself if she wants to.



Keep introducing it but if she gets upset by all means flip her over or pick her up. She'll begin to like it eventually.

Samantha - posted on 06/29/2009

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My daughter HATED tummy time she would only go on her tummy for a few minutes and would then cry so much I would turn her over. I was very worried about her hitting her milestones properly so I went and talked to my doctor. He told me to put her on her tummy every chance throughout the day. Even if it was for a few minutes. He said that she doesn't like it because she cannot see things properly so he told me to put a mirror in front of her so that she could see herself. I also would lie on my tummy and sing to her. It worked really well because 2 weeks after doing this she learned to roll over at 2 1/2 months, then a couple of months later learned how to roll from back to front and then not long after that she learned to crawl!. She is now nine months and is almost walking. She dances and waves and claps and sings. You are not being a worry wart. I am a first time mom too and we are of course going to be concerned! Good luck!

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Rebbecca - posted on 07/07/2009

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My little girl doesn't like tummy time that much either. But, like Lynlee suggested, she loves to be laid on my chest, she will lift herself up just to stare into my face, it is absolutely precious.

Christine - posted on 07/07/2009

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I asked my doctor about tummy time - she looked at me like I was crazy. She said if she doesn't like to be put on her tummy, don't put her on her tummy. All the websites talk about how important it is, but it doesn't really seem to be necessary

Dianna - posted on 07/01/2009

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My daughter hated tummy time too from 3-5 months at six months she started rolling over, but now that she is 7 months you can't keep her off her tummy, so I wouldn't worry.

Sarah - posted on 07/01/2009

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Neither of my girls had 'tummy time' i'd never even heard of it before i came on COM's!!
It hasn't affected their mobility in any way, they've both rolled over, crawled and walked at about the right time (earlier in most cases)
So i wouldn't worry too much.
:)

Kayleigh - posted on 06/30/2009

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The one bit of advice i was giving is when changing there bum while you tidy everythink away give them tummy time. again my son hated it but he got at least a few minutes a day.

Kayleigh - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son hated tummy time, i tryed everythink he just was not having any of it, and like you being my first i got very worried he wouldn't roll over, but he is 6 an half months now and rolls over mind you he still does not stay to long on front bless him.

Michelle - posted on 06/30/2009

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My little boy was the same way...I would put him on his stomach and he would scream after a minute or so..I tried puting blankets and comforters down thinking it may be too much pressure on his stomach that didnt work it tried putting him on his stomach but on a boppy so that he was up more that didnt work haha I put toys in front of him with a mirror and that seemed to be better. NOW that he can roll over from his back to his stomach he seems to like tummy time more and can stay there for roughly 5 minutes or so at a time. I think its because he did it on his own and knows he did it on his own. He's started this like a week ago and he's now 4 months.. Just give ur baby time she will get there just keep encouraging it with lots of fun things in front of her and even get down on the floor with her so she can see you and she knows your there as they cant see that far up when they are on their bellies! I hope this helps!

Lynlee - posted on 06/28/2009

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Lots of babies hate tummy time but most get used to it over time. I would suggest maybe placing her on a colourful mat or with an interesting toy in front of her and just leave her til she starts getting upset. If you do it several times a day for just a few minutes each time then she will be getting the benefits of tummy time without trying to force her to like it for a longer period of time. Another thing you can do is lie on your back and place her facedown on your chest. She will still be getting tummy time but it's much more fun if she can talk and play with you at the same time.

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