Tummy Time

Dawn - posted on 10/14/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My little girl hates tummy time. I put her down and she will lay about 10 seconds before she starts screaming. the only way she will stay on her tummy is if she is laying on mine lol im alittle worried because she hasnt started trying to roll over or anything because of that.

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Caitlin - posted on 10/22/2009

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my daughter doesn't like tummy time either, so i tried her on my breast feeding pillow, i put the pillow in the floor and prop her up on it, i also use the pillow to her her sit, the pillow raps around her and she has support she loves it, she will spend an hour or so on her belly, she uses her arms and neck muscles and she can lift her head with her arms very well, i think because she doesn't have her face in the ground...worth a try

Lady - posted on 10/22/2009

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i very much respect the rights of mothers to raise their children as they feel best that was the whole point to what i first was saying. what i am worried about are the mothers who are being made to feel like they have to make their child do something neither they nor the child enjoys doing for no reason apart from a doctor somewher has come up with a new name for something we have been doing instinctivly with our babies for thousands of years. of course therer are different reasons children don't like being on their tummy and that is why you shouldn't have to force them to do it. each child will develope at their own rate no matter what we do. and as for teaching children that we all have to do things we don't like doing this seems a very harsh lesson for a tiny baby personally i would rather wait until my children are older than a few months old before they have to learn that. lastly Dawn if you read my other post on the other tummy time conversation you will see that i'm not speaking as someone who knows nothing of children and child developement.

Dawn - posted on 10/21/2009

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Quoting gillian:

why would you want to do that to your child why would you want to force them to do something which they hate - it seems cruel and completley unecessary - they don't need to do it it's not vital to their developement so if they cry stop making them do it!!!



the way i see it Gillian is every mother knows her child the best. so different children dont like tummy time for different reasons. you cant say it is cruel because it is not hurting them in anyway. as human beings we have to do things we dont like at first but then we get used to it and its a breeze after. i dont think it is any different for babies. whats cruel is letting your child lay on the floor, crying and suffocating him or herself. but im sure none of these mothers have done so. so with all do respect you should respect the way other mothers make desicions about raising their children because we all do what we feel is best and we all try to be the best mothers we can.

Lady - posted on 10/16/2009

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why would you want to do that to your child why would you want to force them to do something which they hate - it seems cruel and completley unecessary - they don't need to do it it's not vital to their developement so if they cry stop making them do it!!!

Brenda - posted on 10/16/2009

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put her on her tummy and if she gets mad about it the let her. don't let her cry for more then ten min. but it's fine my son didn't like it either at first i got on the floor with him let him cry and it would talk to him while he was crying after ten min i picked him up and held him for about an hr then tummy time again by two months he loved tummy time. give it a try it's hard to listen to them cry but if it's hurting them then it's ok for them to cry.

Donna - posted on 10/15/2009

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I wouldn't worry my son hated tummy time up until he was 6 months. He's 7 months now and you just try and stop him rolling all over the place lol, Now he gets cranky coz he cant move forwards yet lol not looking forward to the crawling part he he he.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/15/2009

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It's a NZ thing too. Until she was just under 3 mths oild, most of my daughter's 'tummy time' was actually her being held upright by us. My nurse said that in terms of arm/neck development, it's very similar, because babies who aren't sleepy will push their upper body away from whoever is holding them to have a good look around. Now that she's got good muscle development, she'll put up with quite a bit more tummy time than previously. Actually, her dr commented on how she had reaaly good neck muscle development at 6 weeks, and I had been really avoiding t/t at that point - but we carry her around a lot

Lady - posted on 10/15/2009

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i've never heard of tummy time before and i have four children and have trained as a nursery nurse - is it an american thing - i'm from the uk. believe me children will develope very well and at their own rate with out you forcing them to do things they do not want to do. my first son hated on his front but he stil crawled at a completley normal time walked at a year old he is 11 now and very strong and athletic please don't get stressed out and do what your child is telling you they want to do and not what some doctor has come up with just to add to the guilt we already feel as parents.

Toni - posted on 10/15/2009

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im in the same boat... at my sons 4 month appt my doc said that he is underdeveloped in his arms..and was concerned because hes not attempting to roll over.. i practically got a slap on the back of the hand for not giving him enough tummy time. My sons thing is every 2 secs he loves to nuzzle his head into his playmat... and it scares me that hell suffocate himself... so i sit with him and turn his head to the side every 2 secs.. and that makes him angry and starts crying... so I started to hold him tummy down on my chest to practice.. he gets more iniative this way ive found bc he wants to lift his head to my voice... as for rolling over.. he still has a few months til hes behinfd...

Colleen - posted on 10/15/2009

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You can surely do tummy time on your chest! I do that with my son all the time.

Lady - posted on 10/15/2009

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there's no rush every child is different i hardly ever put my first two children on their tummy becuse neither of them liked it my second two were slightly more contented for a while but thet all do things in their own time don't try and make her do something she doesn't like or you may put her off ever wanting to do it.

Kelly - posted on 10/14/2009

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my son hated tummy time....but he still started to roll over at about, i think, 5-6 months old....he started from his back to belly first, then he didn't mind tummy time too much.....as long as she is getting a little bit, even if its a couple mins here and there through out the day she will be fine......

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