"Tummy Time"

Tatiana - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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Hi all, I am aware how important tummy time is for our little ones, but my wee man gets so upset every time we exercise this which is done on most days and for at least 10mins a time. He does suffer from reflux so this could be making it uncomfortable for him whilst on his tummy, but it does worry me somewhat if he will then be slower at starting crawling etc... Does anyone else have this problem?

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I was told by a "baby whisperer" ( thats what i call the pros lol) that most babies in fact hate being on their tummies, due to the fact that their muscles are still so weak they can't really move or see anything. My little man absolutely despises tummy time on all but rare occasions, but the stronger he gets the more he is starting to warm up to it. I know letting him lay on my chest helps a lot because he doesn't even realize he is on his tummy, and it still helps him to exercise. It also helps if you provide toys or interesting things like a mirror for him to look at, or get on the floor with him and encourage him. You could use a pillow too for more support so it isnt so horrid . lol :)

Sam - posted on 04/26/2010

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hello. please could you tell me what 'tummy time' is .. ive never heard of it before, but if its somthing i should do id like to try it :) xx

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Amy - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son is four months old and doesn't like tummy time much either. He is fine for about 5-10mins but then he gets mad as can be and starts screaming so I have to pick him up. I'm not sure what his deal is and his Dr. didn't have much to say about it either. :(

Carla - posted on 04/25/2010

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My son hated tummy time too..as he get got alittle bit older I he didnt mind it as much but I would suggest to try putting him on his tummy on your lap when you are sitting and maybe rock him with your legs. Otherwise maybe try getting a tummy time mat with toys and things for him to look at or maybe you could even get on your tummy and look at him and play with him.

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2010

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I have trouble with tummy time but i make myself do it every day.I have found my little boy enjoys tummy time more after his bath.While i am drying him on his change table i put him on his tummy to dry his back and massage his back with powder and he loves it,but i also try when he is on the floor

Kerri-Anne - posted on 04/24/2010

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My 4 month old daughter initially didn't mind tummy time- but now actually hates it. She has got two hernias so our guess is the weight on her tummy hurts her. She does roll onto her side and hold her head up so we aren't too worried about it- as long as she gets time to stretch and move freely should be OK

Francesca - posted on 04/24/2010

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My new daughter likes tummy time, but my first hated it, like you describe. We did some tummy time on our chests with her, and we did a lot of propping her up to sitting or standing. She was a little late rolling over, and didn't really learn to crawl, but she started walking at 8 months and now at age 3 is really strong, coordinated and capable. It tends to work out...

Heather - posted on 04/24/2010

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My Son used to LOVE tummy time but now @ 4 months he grunts the entire time. I do it for short periods throughout the day instead of 1 long period!!

Joanna - posted on 04/23/2010

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my middle child is two almost now and she had the same problem sometimes all it takes is for you to get on your back on the floor and put him on your belly or when you seated on your couch just put him up against your chest. tummy time right now is just to strengthen hiss head. my daughter started to crawl at 6 months right on time and started walking early at about 8 months and she has been none stop sense. and one thing you could try putting one of those baby mirrors under him so he has someone to look at sometimes thats all he needs is to see he is not the only one down there and he is not alone. i hope this helps

Ann - posted on 04/23/2010

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my baby boy Zeke, doesn't like it sometime. but he sleep all the time so some days. i can't get him on his tummy for tummy time.

Christina - posted on 04/23/2010

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I used to babysit a baby who couldn't be on her tummy at all and if she were to be put on her tummy she would cry really loud and you could tell she was in pain it was hard on her I cant say what helped because nothing seemed to help so best of luck to you and your little one My daughter has always liked tummy time from the beginning so I just lucked out sorry I cant help

Sorelis - posted on 04/23/2010

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Yes I place my son on his tummy and he hangs in there for about 3 mins and then starts to get uncomfortable and look like he is in pain so i feel bad. But i do worry about crawling although he does have great head control and rolls over but tummy is a no no for him.. I am going to the doctor with him today for a check up i will ask him what he sugguest..

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My daughter has loved Tummy Time right from the start. She was able to hold her head up from a week old and was rolling from Tummy to back at just 2 weeks. But she still won't roll from back to tummy, just grizzles when she has had a enough of her back. She will roll onto her side but that is as far as she will go, i just pull her legs over a little and let gravity do the rest. Hopefully she will get the idea soon.

Jodie - posted on 04/22/2010

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oh, and good point. a prop up under the arm pits with a skinny long pillow, or with the boppy really helps. our peditrician suggestede it, and our neighbor gave us a tummy time mat that has a long crescent shaped pillow on a blanket that we used in the beginning

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010

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My little guy is 4 months and absolutely hates tummy time. I have been putting him on his tummy for two to three minutes at a time to add up to 20-30 minutes per day. I am worried too since he hasnt rolled over completely he gets half way and thats it. I am told by other mother not to worry as long as he is getting some time he will eventually get used to it.

Chantelle - posted on 04/22/2010

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my now 5 month old hated tummy time at the beginning and she too suffered from reflux, but she is now loving tummy time as she can wriggle around on the floor. i did what most of the other mums did and put her on my tummy and on our bed she soon got used to it, and now she can roll over she is happier than ever. don't worry about crawling, every baby is different, my eldest crawled for no more than a week and that was at 12 months (granted she was a Michelin baby :P ) and my youngest is already trying to and she is only 5 months. so don't stress :) good luck

Jodie - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son is 4 1/2 mos old, and he loves tummy time now. He use to cry, but my husband and I would just make sure one of us is down on our tummy in front of him, getting his attention. I also had a mom suggest just patting them on their back and letting them cry, because it's really harder on us as the mom than it is on the little one!

Claire - posted on 04/22/2010

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Marisa will only stay on her front, propped up under her chest, for about 2 mins before she starts to cry. While she is there she can lift her head 45 - 90 degrees.

Kerri - posted on 04/22/2010

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Yes, my daughts still has thas problem. She is very heavy so it has been giving her a hard time. But that's just something you've got to work through. If your child(ren) gets fussy, let them be. You only want to pick them up when you can see they are hurting our when they start screaming. Its ok for them to cry, just remember, screaming and hurting are a sign to stop the excersie for awhile.

Stephanie - posted on 04/22/2010

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My daughter had this problem, so what I did to fix it (I'm a bad mommy, I know..) I put Sesame Street on my Laptop and put the laptop in front of her, far enough away that she would have to lift her head to watch it.

Tanya - posted on 04/21/2010

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I also found that putting my son on my crossed leg, while I was sitting, he preffered that to being on the floor- on your chest and the bed is good too- he doenst mind it so much now. Also, get down and lay with your child, so they can see you and you can talk to them- that way they dont feel alone and/or scared :)

Nichole - posted on 04/21/2010

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I told our Dr how bad my baby girl hates tummy time and she even spits up every time I put her on her tummy. Dr. said that it was fine because she was holding her head up good and pushing up and arching her back and all. She said that tummy time on my chest (which works much better than on the floor) is fine.

Katurah - posted on 04/21/2010

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My little dude HATES to be on his stomach. He is holding his head up really well and props himself up at a pretty impressive angle, but will inevitably cry and become incredibly frustrated after a few minutes. He is rolling from his stomach to his back, and from his back to his side, but it is near impossible to get him to actually stay on his tummy for tummy-time since he rolls over so quickly. It might make me seem lazy, but I'm just not all too concerned about him not being on his stomach for extended periods right now. He'll get there. I totally agree though with Nicole though, putting him on our chest makes him a lot less angry!

Claire - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hey Tarnya I have that same problem with my little boy I'm really worried that he still hasn't rolled over yet at all. The replies are really good on this I am going to try the pillow!!! Hope it works out soon

Sara - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter HATED tummy time. She would scream like someone was killing her. I felt so bad . But the thing that helped us...I went to Wal-Mart bought the Tummy Turtle made by Bright Starts. It did wonders. It's a small pillow that's not soft and supports under her chest.
When I first got it, we did that ever day for about five minutes [if possible]. Then my aunts told me to just let her scream one day and not run after her. It allows her to know it's okay for her and blah blah blah. So the next day, I did just that. She screamed for about a minute or so then started cooing. Then from there on out she liked it for a few minutes then would start the whining.
All that was at the start of her three months, now she is four months and she doesn't need the pillow and loves tummy time and holds her head up so well. And she'll roll over when she is on her tummy!!! It was a great $20. Also all the Bright Starts toys are wonderful!

hope I helped :)

Mikka - posted on 04/21/2010

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try propping him up with a boppy pillow under is chest. It will takes the pressure off his tummy, yet still encourage him to pull hid knees up, readying him for crawling. This worked with both my sons. I did that from day one to ease them into tummy time. My first son was crawling at 4 months, and my second (born 12/26) has already started scooting backwards.

Sheila - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter *HATED* tummy time for the first while that we tried to do it, some days she still does but other days she will lie on her tummy for 15 mins or so and be happy the whole time. I did do what a couple of the other moms had done as well, I put her on my chest and on our bed to get her more comfortable with it, and also propped a pillow under her. I think that helped her a lot, at around 2 months old she didnt like to do it, but around 2.5 months old she started coming around to it, I think your little guy will get used to it soon enough, if it's from the reflux I would suggest asking the pediatrician ways to make it more easy on him. Congrats on your baby.

Nicole - posted on 04/20/2010

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Once my daughter started rolling over she started enjoying tummy time more because when she was sick of it, she would just roll onto her back. Now, she actually chooses to roll on to her tummy.

Andrea - posted on 04/20/2010

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hi- try propping a pillow under his chest for more comfort. also you can put him on your chest or bed. good luck!

Lauren - posted on 04/20/2010

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My daughter hates tummy time, has since the start! I only did it for 1min at the most but all throughout the day and she seemed to be more open to it, I did make sure I picked her up before she got unhappy then she wouldnt mind trying again. I dont think you should worry about the crawling thing as some kids bypass the crawling stage all together!

Nicole - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hi we did have this problem in the beginning but my son soon got used to it. It helped that at the beginning we used to put him on our chests for tummy time instead of the floor, i think a friendly face helped.

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