tummy time

Theresa - posted on 10/03/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my 12 week old girl hates tummy time, with in seconds of being placed down she screams, i've been advised by mid-wife to let her "ride it out" but its not a niggly cry its distress. At 12 weeks she holds her own head, sits up in stroller and reclined high-chair but am concerned about her arm strength/development, any ideas?

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Jackie - posted on 10/05/2009

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My daughter also HATED tummy time until she learned to roll over on her own. Now, I can't stop her from being on her belly. I wouldn't put her on her belly for as long as the pediatrician recommended and she still deveolped her muscles just fine. Let your baby tell you when she's done, even if it is only a few seconds.

Laura - posted on 10/05/2009

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Tummy time is important for development of upper body strength and will eventually be necessary for fine motor coordination (needed for handwriting and cutting). Thant being said-I wouldn't worry too much about it right now as she is still so little. You could try to prop on a Boppy pillow or roll up a towel and put it under her arms so that her face isn't on the floor. It's hard because we all want our little ones to do what they are "supposed" to do. Just remember each baby will develop at his or her own pace and they'll all get there when it's time!! Good luck!!

Jane - posted on 10/05/2009

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My lil boy hates tummy time with a passion and is nearly 6 months. I don't like seeing him in distress and dont want him to hurt himself, so we just keep persisting but do it in short spurts...anything is better than nothing. Oh and just do what you feel is right. Midwives put pressure on you to do it, but millions of mothers worldwide live in terrible conditions and arent lucky enough to have books or people telling them to put their kids on their tummies, and their kids still manage to walk and talk just like normal people!! Wow..imagine that !! :)

Lauren - posted on 10/05/2009

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My little girl hated it too so I never made her do it. Sometimes, if she was in a good mood on her back, I'd pop her over for about 30 seconds or until she moaned and then I'd pop her straight on her back. After a while, she'd roll over on her own. I wouldn't worry either, I think mid-wives only say it just so you are aware on flat heads etc.

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I got my baby a tummy time toy called Lamaze spin and explore (google it) it good coz it keeps their face off the floor and they can move around... only good till about 4 months though coz then they start pushing themselves off it. You could try to find one on ebay to.

Sammy - posted on 10/04/2009

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My daughter (11wks) cried as soon as i put her on her belly too.

But now i roll up a towel or blanket and put it under her arms, she only lasts about 5-10mins but its better than nothing. I figure she will like it when she gets use to it!

Donna - posted on 10/03/2009

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Dont worry too much my son is only just starting to like tummy time and he's almost 7 months. He used to scream his head off! Just try her on the tummy a couple of times a day she will gradually start to like it in her own time.

Jodi - posted on 10/03/2009

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Like others have said, try tummy time while you're laying down and her on top of you. Also, my daughter hated tummy time to begin with as well, but she didn't mind it when I put a soft blanket over my exercise ball and lay her on that, holding her obviously so she didn't fall off. You could try that, but I would just keep trying once or twice every day, eventually she'll at least tolerate it! Best of luck!

Ruth - posted on 10/03/2009

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Tummy time doesn't have to be on the floor--like Mirka and Cassandra said, it can be laying on you, or on the bed or couch, with you sitting on the floor so your faces are level. My little girl was not a fan of it, so we stopped pushing the issue once she could roll over--and once they get that old, it's not a big deal anymore.

Cassandra - posted on 10/03/2009

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My son hated tummy time too and still does but does your child get tummy time while laying on your chest or any thing like that? I mean my son is doing fine and you just keep trying tummy time over and over again she is sitll young so she shouldn't be having a lot of tummy time anyway you just have to be persistent with it is all.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/03/2009

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My little girl is 12 weeks and only just started enjoying it in the last week or so. I think she hated it when she wasn't strong enough to lift herself up on her arms, cos she had nothing to look at. I carry her around a lot and she pushes herself away from my chest so that she can look around. My nurse said that can be a good way to develop their arm muscles enough so that they begin to enjoy tummy time. I also introduced her to tummy time by keeping my hands underneath her to begin with - mainly so that she wouldn't feel alone and to keep a bit of her weight off her tummy. She still much prefers being on her back, but this way I'm able to get more and more tummy time out of her each day.
Good luck. :)

Michelle - posted on 10/03/2009

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My daughter HATED tummy time until she was strong enough to lift herself up with her arms! Since she's started to learn the whole crawling thing, she will NOT stay on her back!! I bet she was 5-6 months before she would attempt any tummy time at all! I wouldn't be to worried about it:o) Good luck:o)

Toni - posted on 10/03/2009

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hey I just wanted to say that my son is the same, he doesnt scream but he gets frustrated and nuzzles his head into his playmat which means I have to keep moving his head to the side every 2 secs. We just went for his 4 month appt with our doc who told us that he is underdevloped in his arm strength, and that even though we may not like it or he may not he does need tummy time for proper muscle developemnt. I lie him down on my chest while im lying on the couch and encourage him to lift up his head and put his hands to the side of his head so hes in the right position to push up himself. Im still working on it, so I understand your frustration, but just wanted to let you know that if you dont do it, it can cause underdevelopment like in my son. good luck!

Theresa - posted on 10/03/2009

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thanks, mid-wife made it sound imperitive to her development that she do it now! My girl is doing amazing in every other aspect and really didn't like to push it. Thanks again for your comment, always feels better to hear it from someone else!

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2009

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its ok that she doesnt like tummy time right now My son is almost a year and i let him do his tummy time in his own time he did the same exact thing he preffered his back. Dont worry she will like tummy time when she rolls over trust me dont push she'll do it

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