Tummy Time

Jenny - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 months and her doctor encouraged us to do as much "tummy time" with her as possible even if she gets frustrated. How much is enough each day- I try to do 10 minute time blocks and at least 2 times a day. My daughter hates it, she is good for the first minute then just cries and gives up. She doesn't use her arms at all and typically balances herself on her stomach - she does have good head control and manuevers that around. According to books she should be able to hold her chest up and by the end of the month holding herself up on her elbows - Any Suggestions?

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Sherry - posted on 10/19/2009

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My baby hated tummy time too, I hated hearing her cry so we rarely bothered with it. Then one day (like 4 or 5 months), she didn't scream. She still isn't a big fan of being on her belly and prefers to sit or stand, this is making it hard to practice crawling, but she is fine. I wouldn't be too concerned, maybe just help her to use her arms more so they get stronger.

Lady - posted on 10/19/2009

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tummy time is a completely new thing and totally unheard of in the uk - i am a mum of four a trainned nursery nurse and have been working with children (mostly babies) for fifeteen years and my mother has worked with children for over fourty years and now teaches child developement and we both agree that children will develope in their own time and there is no benefit made at all by trying force them to do something they hate!! please everybody do not feel obliged to make your child suffer this torcher that some doctor has suddenly come up with - children have managed for years to develope very well with out it and are still managing in the uk where i say again we have never heard of it.

Leah - posted on 10/18/2009

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my daughter wasnt a huge fan of tummy time and we didn't push it. if she got upset we'd pick her up and at 6 months she's sitting up alone and it's extremely strong so don't let it worry you :)

Hanna - posted on 10/17/2009

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My son HATED being on his stomach and i mean HATED! so i just stopped bothering to force him. he sat up at 3 months and was quite happy to be sitting. at about 5 months i started putting him on the floor (on a blanket) and soon enough he got the hang of rolling back on his back & pushing up on his arms. i guess when he was younger, he was frustrated that he couldn't roll back over on his back as quickly and easily as he rolled over on his stomach. so if i were you, i would just let her learn at her own pace. not all kids like being on their tummies, some don't even crawl. and i wouldn't worry too much about what the books are saying -- kids hit different milestones at different ages. see if she likes other positions better (sitting up/half-sitting up) some kids want to be upright. and believe me, when she's ready, she'll roll over on her stomach all by herself & push herself up. so don't force it & definitely don't get bent out of shape about it -- mommy & me time is supposed to be fun for both parties :) good luck!

Tawni - posted on 10/17/2009

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When my son was at that stage I just let him be on his tummy until he got REALLY frustrated. I would let him fuss a little and when he started getting more upset about it I called it quits for that time. Then I would try it again a couple hours later. I think I usually would try to do it once after every nap he took... so once in the morning then he would take his morning nap, then tummy time after that, then his afternoon nap, then tummy time again, then he usually would have one more nap and tummy time once more. Also, try not to go by books too much... I try to just use them as a guideline. Babies are all different :]

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