My 6 month old hates tummy time!

Tammerah - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Any ideas on how to get my son to enjoy tummy time? His pediatrician always tells me how important it is that he needs his tummy time to build upper body strength....but since he was 1 month old he's absolutely hated it! He screams and cries and won't even play with his toys on his belly. Any suggestions?

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Missy - posted on 11/16/2009

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My boy does the same thing. When he got older and started sitting up on his own he started getting on his tummy on his own. He would play for a bit then scream and cry and act like it's the end of the world... I don't really have any suggestions besides try some different things... get down on your tummy with him, undressing him and putting him on his tummy, different blankets...

Eldi - posted on 11/10/2009

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it will get better, my son, 7 months old, rolls overon his tummy and rather enjoys it now, but he also hated it!
patience girl...

Brianne - posted on 11/10/2009

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I have a sister who is 12 years younger than I and she hated tummy time..she would put her face on the floor and sob and sob...So we never really enforced it...she turned out fine...she never did crawl though...she just scooted around on her bottom...Maybe just sit beside him and the minute he looks like he's getting upset flip him to his back..that way he wont get the idea that tummy time is upsetting??? But .I'd say if he's developing normally than skipping tummy time probably wont hurt him....
Good luck hope something works :)
Blessings

Natasha - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hope that this will help with the tummy time:

Hold your baby securely on his or her tummy on the armrest of a couch. This wis a very nice and good activity when other people are around as it encourages baby to lift his or her head and shoulders of the surface and to begin pushing on his or her forearms, as he or she watches what is going on around him or her.

An mood plays a very big role in the tummy lying...! A few minutes a day is very important!

Hope it helps good luck

Catherine - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son HATED tummy time at first, but now he doesn't fuss as much. I just kept trying it for a couple minutes at a time...eventually he got used to it and started pushing up more and more. My advice would be to make sure tummy time is done when your baby is tired or hungry...make sure he's in a good mood.

Faith - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son also hates tummy time, always has, and now, at nearly seven months old, still cannot push himself up on his arms and barely lifts his head up from on his tummy. He doesn't roll over, either. He just lies there screaming and wont even try, no matter what I do to encourage him. I've tried the rolled towel, I've used all his toys, I always get flat on the floor with him, I've tried putting him on my knees and on my tummy. He simply wants nothing to do with it. But, he has been sitting unsupported since he was 5 and 1/2 months, he has excellent control of his head, eats solid foods very well, and can stand alone while holding onto the couch or windowsill so I try not to worry about it. I don't think my baby will ever crawl though. I think he will just go straight to walking. He loves to be on his feet.

Jennifer - posted on 10/26/2009

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my niece hates it to and she is 6 and 1/2 months so my sister in law just doesn't put her on her tummy and she is ok i would say just let him be not all babies need tummy time right away he will try to crawl when he is ready

Lindsay - posted on 10/25/2009

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my son hates tummy time too he only likes to stand so we have a jumpy toy and put him in there and he loves it. He will lay on his tummy on my chest and can push up but other than that he wants no part of it. Maybe try laying with him on the floor and playing too.

Kim - posted on 10/25/2009

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I'm surprised that he still doesn't like it, even at 6 months. He doesn't have to be on the floor. You can put him on his tummy on your chest or on your knees and play "airplane." You can also roll up a towel and put it under his armpits - that worked for my son who also used to hate tummy time. Now that he can lift himself up all the way on his arms, he doesn't mind tummy time. In fact, it looks like he's trying to crawl. He ends up spinning around instead, though.

Lori - posted on 10/25/2009

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Ya know the more I talk to moms about this I'm finding that not many babies like tummy time. My son sleeps on his stomach now so he doesn't mind it when he's in his crib, but other than that he hates it! He almost never pushes up on his hands when I put him on his tummy, and I don't believe that leaving him laying there crying w/ his head in his hands is going to help him develop upper body strength! I feel like I'm torturing him. He has very strong legs but he's a big boy, sometimes I feel like his upper body is just too heavy for his arms to support. Maybe he'll be one of those kids that go from sitting still straight to walking???

Charlotte - posted on 10/25/2009

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I think he will get there when he is ready I have twin boys, one of them loves Tummy time and spends about 3hrs a day rolling around the room. How ever my other boy hates it, he cal roll over onto his tummy but when he gets there he cracks it after a minute. I asked my nurse if there is anything wrong with that and she said no because when he is put on his tummy he hold his head up. She said some babies love it some hate it and the ones that usually hate it skip crawling and just walk instead.

Marnie - posted on 10/23/2009

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He he he you are not alone! My daughter also hates tummy time. I have recently started putting her on her tummy for naps and it has helped a bit. She rolls over from her tummy to her back now though which is making it harder to get her to stay put when she is awake. I also get down on the ground with her and play but she still fusses and just rolls over after about a minute. She loves sitting in her bumbo chair though and I think that also helps with her upperbody strength and core muscles...I don't know if she will ever crawl though as she would have to stay on her tummy for long enuogh to learn and that doesn't seem to happen :-) Good luck!!

Krista - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son won't do tummy time much either, I am pretty lucky because he's got a lot of natural upper body strength, but you should try getting right down there and banging on the floor and tickling him, that's what I do when I am trying to get him to play and it also keeps him entertained long enough to work on his strength. I'm sure that you'll find a way that works best for you!

Tomekia Joy - posted on 10/22/2009

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When I have tummy time with my daughter i am on the floor with her. When I get up she wants to go where Im going. Try it you never know. Bless you!

Rebecca - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter doesn't like tummy time either unless shes naked!!! weird I know but she refuses to be on her tummy unless she is naked or in her crib! Maybe you could try that anything could help and good luck!!!

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