Becky - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )
My baby is almost 4 months old now and she hates lying on her tummy. When she's very alert and playful, I lay her down on her tummy and she screams and cries. She never lasts more than a minute or two before I have to pick her up (I don't believe in letting babies cry - so that's not an option). I've tried putting her down on the following: a blanket on the floor and on our bed, my boppy, her tummy-time mat, my lap, my chest/stomach, her crib.....EVERYTHING! I can't think of anything else. My baby hates tummy time! She loves to play in her bouncy, walker and gym, but hates anything that has her belly down and she's been this way since birth. I thought it'd get better with time, but clearly that's not happening. I've even tried lying her down on her stomach during her naps (and yes I know the AAP recommends back sleeping which is clearly what we do anyway) but as soon as she's on her stomach, she wakes up crying. She can lift her head very well, but I'm afraid she'll never do a mini-pushup and possibly never learn to crawl if she won't tolerate lying on her stomach. Any suggestions to help my baby that hates tummy time???