How to make tummy time fun?

Stephanie - posted on 06/10/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello Ladies, I am a new mommy and my daughter is 3 months and 1/2 but seems to Dislike tummy Time and can't be on tummy less then 5min and will always look for her hand to suck. Any ideas on how to make it fun?

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Stephanie - posted on 06/10/2014

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Oh, wow I never knew that, her pediatrian says to put her on her tummy so she can gain strength in her neck arms and legs. But you're
Right, it's not worth making her uncomfortable and fussy. Thanks for your advice ! (:

Chet - posted on 06/10/2014

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Lay propped up (or sit reclined) with her having tummy time on your chest.

When you carry her try doing it "Tiger in a Tree" position.

That said, babies don't exactly need tummy time. When people started using infant seats, and putting babies to sleep on their backs, doctors and developmental specialists noticed that, on average, babies were developing head and neck control more slowly.

The idea behind tummy time was to compensate for all of the time baby was spending on their back or reclined in a seat where they didn't need to use their neck muscles at all. Lack of tummy time won't be obvious in the long run, but it might mean that your baby rolls over or sits a week later than they would have otherwise.

For babies who truly hate tummy time the distress probably isn't worth it. Especially if they're too upset or angry to work their neck or torso.

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