my baby hates playing on her tummy, how do i get to her enjoy it?

Katie - posted on 03/28/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my daughter really does not like being on her stomach at all. i really would appreciate some pointers on gettting her to like playing on her tummy

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Rosa - posted on 04/02/2010

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Please don't be offended...do u make sure she burps? Is she a "fat" baby. My grandson is and he is still wobbly...too much weight for him to control. Is she spoiled? In other words...does she usually get picked up when she cries? Believe me...they know how to work you.

Trisha - posted on 04/01/2010

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as a baby teacher i run into this quite often and what i do is get on the floor w/ the baby and they really respond to that. Its a new and scary thing to them and they like to know ur still there .

Heather - posted on 04/01/2010

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try rolling up a small receiving blanket and putting it under his chest....this is what my peditrican recomended and ever since the first time I tried it she has loved being on her tummy....now at 8 mo. she is crawling and I can't get her off her tummy :)

Michelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter hated tummy time and would scream and flail until one day in the midst of a flail she accidentally pushed herself up on her arms. Suddenly tummy time was slightly more fascinating. And then she learned how move with the arms, and...
Some kids may never enjoy it but she'll eventually find some way to move even if it is more scooting than crawling.
My daughter never crawled much, she could do it, and would if is served a purpose but if there was any furniture around she'd crawl over to it, stand and work her way around the room using the couch, table, walls, etc.

Lindsay - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son at 4 months old didn't like being on his belly either. he's almost 6 months old now and he's grown to like it. He loves rolling over back and forth. He loves when I get on the floor on my belly and talk to him or play with him. it's alot of fun now that he doesn't mind it. I'm sure she will come around. Give her some time.

Sylvia - posted on 03/31/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it. As long as she's not lying on her back all the time, she'll be fine. My DD hated being on her tummy for a long time, and like Jamie's DD she never crawled, just scootched on her behind, but she learned to walk at 13 months and is perfectly normal in every other way. I think the emphasis on "tummy time" probably comes from doctors worried about flat-head syndrome (can't remember the medical term); most babies figure it out on their own at a certain point whether or not a parent intervenes.

Jamie - posted on 03/31/2010

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Oh thats great. but remember some babies never crawl. one of my daughters never crawled. she would sit up and scoot on her butt everywhere she went. after she turned a year old then she learned to crawl. the dr said that was fine. every baby learns at their own pace. Some babies just do not like the tummy.

Jamie - posted on 03/31/2010

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My doctor suggested that I get a ball and hold her on it so that it will help to strengthen her neck muscles. That way you can roll her slightly and play with her. If that is what you are intending to do with her.

Katie - posted on 03/28/2010

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thanks, shes 4 months, she has really strong neck muscles, she could hold up her head from day 1 and can almost sit up by herself, i was jsut worried cuz i want her to develop at a normal rate and not take forever to crawl.

Melissa - posted on 03/28/2010

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Just keep trying. If she doesn't like her tummy give her 'sitting up' time. She will eventually gain the muscle strength, so don't worry about that. The main concern is always being on her back will cause a flat head. So just give her the opportunity to do something other than laying on her back, carrying time, bumbo play time (if she can hold her head up), exersaucer or jumperoo etc...

Cheyenne - posted on 03/28/2010

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my son was the same way he didnt start liking being on his stomach until about 6months just give it sometime

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