my son hates tummy time

Hayley - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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hi my son was born on the 19 of oct and he hates tummy time i have tried everything from laying him on a pillow for support to trying to distract him with toys but nothing works!! he can sit unaided and is very good on his legs plus can roll over but dnt really do it as he knows he end up on his belly im so worried as how can he learn to crawl if he won't even attempt it xx

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Hayley - posted on 05/24/2010

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hi i don't think i will need a therapist lol he is a head with over things like talking and eating and can walk along holding ur hands and he doesn't have a flat head either lol its all good now he knows that if he puts one foot in front of the over he will get to were he wants to go

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Sacha - posted on 06/05/2010

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my Lucy hates tummy time too she just cries ,she can roll onto her back if i put her on her front but not from back to front ,
she can sit up brilliantly and is very strong on her legs and can pull herself up to standing but rolling and crawling are a no no, he prob won't crawl much hun he might just be a cruiser then a walker..

Carrie - posted on 05/29/2010

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HI Hayley! My son was born on Oct 13th and he is exactly like your son. He hates tummy time!! I have don't quite a bit to try and get my son to like tummy time but nothing has worked for us either. Its okay if your son doesn't like tummy time. I don't push tummy time with my son anymore. I figure if he doesn't like it then don't push it. I think he is going to walk first anyways. Your son may be the same way!

JoAnna - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter hated being on her tummy too. We kept putting her on her tummy and eventually just got used to it. She isn't quite crawling but she does the army crawl. She is all over in her walker.

Jennifer - posted on 05/27/2010

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sorry so late.. my daughter was born on the 27th of oct.. she hated being on her belly.. the more i would put her the more she would roll.. so i stopped doing it and all of a sudden she started doing it on her own.. i think that if you give him time and try to be patient slowly he'll start doing it.. believe me i was worried when i saw that she wanted to go straight to walking but slowly she started getting on her belly and now she's trying to crawl..

so i think you should just give him time and maybe he'll start on his own.. hope this was helpfull

Chantelle - posted on 05/26/2010

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he is trying to learn but is being fustrated because he hasn't quite got it yet my son was born n the 16th of october and has just started crawling we gave him tummy time two days afer he was born don't worry let him be fustrated that is how he will learn but just don't let him become disstressed which i am sure that as a mother you wont good luck

Kavy - posted on 05/26/2010

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oh my god...thanks to every 1.. i was dam worried of my daughter(born oct 5th) coz she absolutely hates being on her tummy and had only rolled over once..looks like majority of her oct friends are up to the same liking...hehe

Erica - posted on 05/25/2010

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Well I feel so much better! My son(born10/11) HATES it also but loves everything else. I know you are worried and I am too on occasion. But I am sure he will be just fine. I found tummy time during diaper change works great!

Debbie - posted on 05/25/2010

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some babies won't ever crawl....he may just go straight to walking. My daughter was born on the 23rd of October and hates tummy time too. We weren't able to give her as much as she needed when she was little because she had acid reflux so bad that she would throw up if she was on her belly.

Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter was born October 26th. She rather crawl & pull herself up on to things. She use to love tummy time but about two months ago she learned to scoot & she lost interest in tummy time. I got her two different tummy time mats & she loves them both. She still likes to play with her big one that also a little play gym but her other one she doesn't want nothing to do with it.

Kristi - posted on 05/25/2010

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My daughter Alexis Marie was born October 25,2009 and she has not liked tummy time at all either. But now I just put her on her tummy and she just started scooting. I believe she will be crawling very soon.

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My daughter, now 2, hated tummy time too. I worried about it at first but in every other way she was fine. she learned to sit up fine. In the end she never learned t crawl, she bum shuffled around until she learned to walk. Even now she doesn't like crawling on all fours. Maybe he just doesn't want to crawl.

Lilian - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son used to hate it as well. Try airplanes where you put him on your arm and swing him around. Also, having him over your shoulder counts as well. Baby steps in the beginning. Just a couple minutes then turn him over at first and do it several times a day. Pick him up when he screams. Before you know it, he will be doing an hour I promise. Its all about consistency and doing it several times a day. My son hated it at first too. Now he hates being on his back since he can see things better on his tummy.

Natasha - posted on 05/23/2010

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I had a friend there child layed on there back always & now he has to wear this weird looking thing around his head all the time so the back of his head can form back to being round! Its all flat! The poor boy! He is now 3 & still has to wear it! It takes a while b4 he will be able to not wear it!

Karen - posted on 05/21/2010

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hi. that's not necessarily true. he could still end up crawling once he wants to get somewhere badly enough.
another thing is maybe he feels uncomfortable with touch on his tummy - you could try massaging his tummy (perhaps with sweet almond oil) in an attempt to bring down any lurking sensitivity.
also you can play with him while he is lying on your tummy - aeroplane, tickling, peak-a-bo with a scarf, etc. then move onto trying to let him play over your leg, i.e.: use your leg as the pillow, with his tummy on top of your leg and toys in front of him.
if all fails, consult with a developmental physiotherapist or occupational therapist
good luck

Tricia - posted on 05/21/2010

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My son Efrain(10/1) is crawling all over and getting into everything now, pulling himself up on everything and trying to get out the side door sheesh lol....so no more tummy time cause he wont stay on his tummy lol, but when i tried it a few months ago he hated it too

Jenn - posted on 05/21/2010

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At first when my Oct 8 baby man was very young he hated it too but now I wish he hated it just a little again lol..... now he is CONSTANTLY on his tummy and will get outright mad if I have to make him be on his back for bottles, diaper and clothing changes..... so don't stress he will get there when he wants to be there

Talia - posted on 05/20/2010

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hi there im having the exact problem with my daughter who was also born on the 19th of October.............my parents thinks that as long as we make an attempt that she would come around and that every baby are different some are faster then others but it does not mean anything.....i even spoken to my GP about her lack of tummy time and the GP said the same things so now i dont worry as much as i used to let nature take its course they will finally come around........hope it answered your question.good luck

JENNIFER - posted on 05/20/2010

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Oh my gosh my son is the exact same way and was born on Oct 19th too! lol it must be the date =) j/k... i have noticed that if another family member lays him on his tummy he will deal with it a little longer than usual. My mom is the best at it. I think its the hard floor because he'll stay on the bed on his back just fine but theres something about his belly he doesnt like. Keep at it is the best advice i have. Good luck!!! =)

April - posted on 05/20/2010

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My daughter was born oct 7th and she has hated it too. Just in the last couple of weeks she tolerates it a little more so be patient. He may start to deal with it better soon. She has started pivoting and scooting backwards. I got to the point where I would just play with her even through the crying and she would stop after a minute or so. Good luck!

Josephine - posted on 05/19/2010

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The doctor told me it's normal since they emphasize to always keep them on their backs (to prevent sids) She also said that it's okay because they can do the same exercises doing other things. Our kids will crawl they'll just find a different way to get there!!! My daughter doesn't like tummy time either.

Jenny - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter was born on the 20 of oct and she hates tummy time also. She use to just roll on her back when I put her on her stomach. I figured out if she's only in her diaper and on something soft and fuzzy. She still won't stay on here tummy for long but its longer than before.

Nicole - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter used to hate being on her tummy as well. I used to just try laying her on her tummy for a couple min at a time till she got used to it. When she started to roll she could only roll to her tummy at first and when she got there she would cry now that she learned to roll tummy to back she is getting more used to tummy time. good luck!

Jada - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son was born Oct. 13 and HATES being on his tummy as well. He sits just fine on his own but he hates being on his tummy so much has stopped rolling over to avoid ending up on it. He's the youngest of 4 and seems determined to walk with his brothers and sister so who knows he may skip crawling all together. Sounds like there are a lot of October babies that are just the same.

Leaha - posted on 05/18/2010

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you can try him on his stomach naked, some say that they prefer that, or you get a beach ball and you have them slowly roll onto the ball on their belly and it's supposed to work them into the position of crawling and getting them used to having a little pressure on they bellies , hope this helps :)

Tanya - posted on 05/17/2010

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my daughter hated being on her stomach. Until I put her on our bed. She loves the softness of the bed. Which also allows her to roll. But keeps her protected from the hard floor. I also found Util-A-Mat Reversible Mat at Sam's club that she loves to lay on and play. I hope this helps

Hayley - posted on 05/17/2010

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yes my son is brilliant on his feet so hope he walks soon so we can play more games :-] thanks every1

Lisa - posted on 05/15/2010

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my son is sort of the same way.. and i've heard that some babies will completely skip crawling and go straight to walking. which is fine.. gianni was born oct 10. he does very well in a walker and jumps a lot in the exer-saucer. our babies are just very determined and very strong

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My daughter was born on oct 10th and she HATES being on her belly. She loves to walk along the couch and has been sitting unsupported since she was 5 months.

She gets on all 4s and rocks back and forth then falls on her tunny and screams. I dont think she will crawl. Which is okay with me.

Chantal - posted on 05/14/2010

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My son did too. it turned out that letting him on his belly he hit the tip of his breastbone and flipped it out like a spoon and it was all bruised in the middle of his belly . doc said as his bones harden it will straighten out. now it does not hurt him but if he is on his belly it will bruise . God bless

Tisha - posted on 05/14/2010

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Hi Hayley! my daughter hates tummy time too she rolls over and sits up aswell but she just hates being on her tummy, she has more interest in being on her feet learning to walk than crawl who knows maybe she will go straight to walking, my oldest daughter was crawling at 6 months she was very advance so maybe this one is the opposit...I wouldn't worry too much about your son he will be crawling in no time.

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