how do i get her to enjoy tummy time?

Krystle - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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everytime i sit her on her tummy, she cries like theres no tomorrow. pick herup shes fine.

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Krystle - posted on 01/13/2010

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i tire dher boppy pillow and proped i up more facing the tv and sat on the floor so my face was level with hers. she tolerated it for like 10 minutes! then she wanted up. but that is lke a 130% improvement thanks for all the help

Megan - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son used to do the same thing but now enjoys tummy time. i lay him on the floor and go on my tummy as well to show him how much fun it is! now he laughs at me and whenever he trys to push himself up in a push-up position i say something to encourage him like '' look at mommy's strong little man" he absolutely loves it!

Krystle - posted on 01/12/2010

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its hard to lay her on my tummy, shes so long, her fists and head hit me in the face. and she trys to kick off my thighs.

Anna - posted on 01/10/2010

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My little girl did the same thing. So, i stopped forcing her to be on her tummy, she wanted to sit up or lay on her back. Then one day, she rolled onto her tummy and started playing. I was amazed lol. No tears or crying. I even asked my ped and she said that kids will pick things they enjoy doing and will find the next enjoyable thing in their own time. Its not hurting her to not like tummy time. Shell decide when she wants to, ya know?

Alecia - posted on 01/10/2010

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Our daughter Adileigh hated tummy time as well...probably for the first 2 1/2 - 3 months she wanted nothing to do with it. But it's good for them to @ least have 15-20 mins of tummy time a day, even if you have to break that time up into sections during the day. I did that with Adileigh, I would lay her down for tummy times a few mins @ a time during the day and she eventuelly got used to it, if she got to screaming and crying too much then I would pick her up and try again for a few mins later on in the day.

Now she doesn't mind tummy time @ all, she loves to have her toys in front of her face so she can see them and she also enjoys when either daddy or I get down on the floor with her so she can see our faces...don't worry, she will get used to it eventually.

Good luck!!

Charlotte - posted on 01/10/2010

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oh and like others said i did in fact lay down and have him laying on my chest looking at me, pulling faces at him etc just random stuff as you're playing not structured 'tummy time'

Charlotte - posted on 01/10/2010

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heya my son hated being on his tummy, so much that i pretty much gave up with it after a couple of months. I got some stick from HV but he was sitting unaided by 5 months and is now crawling at 8 months... which i think is pretty average! so don't worry too much about it!

Cori - posted on 01/10/2010

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what really got my son to enjoy his tummy time was putting him on a towel or blanket and dragging him around a little bit just not fast at all so he didnt roll anywhere.. he liked it because he was moving around and then he started to enjoy being on his tummy... he still likes to be pulled around on blankets but we have more fun with it now because he is so much bigger!

Casandra - posted on 01/10/2010

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my son did the same thing, i stopped doing tummy time, i did alternate "exercises" with him to strengthen his neck and now that he can hold his head up fine putting him on his tummy isn't as ear piercing.

alternates included:
laying him on my stomach, tummy to tummy
placed him on my chest while i was reclined
laid him across my lap and even holding him so he was looking over my shoulder so he can "sight-see"

now hes just about walking lol he loves his walker

tummy time doesn't have to be on the floor or always on the tummy as long as he's off his back is how i see it. you could try a tummy time pillow to prop him up

Jamira - posted on 01/10/2010

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my baby did the same thing. but i would put her on the floor with all her toys. if she cried i would just leave her there and come lay with her. do that and as time going on you will see that she will learn to like it.

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Most babies don't like being on their tummy because all they can see is the floor.....they feel like they are missing what is going on....Letting her cry for a little bit won't hurt her......Like Dominique said....get down and play with her....even if shes screaming you keep a smile on your face. She will see that mommy doesn't mind it and eventually she will get used to it.....I did find that anything that has flashing lights or a mirror on it helped my daughter....they are GREAT distractions!

Krystle - posted on 01/10/2010

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i let her lay there and fuss for a few minutes, i get near her, i put her on the couch and sit on the floor with my head near hers. she ignores me anways. oh well, i'll keep trying. thanks

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I know its silly but get down there with her! Or start off by laying her on your tummy and playing with her.

Megan - posted on 01/10/2010

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haha no worries krystle..addison wanted nothing to do with tummy time for a long time. She was almost 4 months before she really got the hang of it. I just put toys in front of her and let her cry for a little bit at a time. She will eventually like it

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