My Daughter Hates Tummy Time

User - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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Any advice on what to do if your baby hates tummy time. I just want to give up!! My daughter cries terribly when I put her on her tummy mat. I can't think of what else to do to make it fun for her.

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Morgan - posted on 12/04/2009

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My daughter hated it to. so i transitioned into it. it helped most when she was happy just woke up and feed. first i laid on my back with our bellys together. just talking and singing to her. then after she really liked that i would start off with her on my belly still singing to her then as i was singing and her smiling having fun i put her on the ground with my face so she could still see me. singing to her. and advenutally she was able to just play on her belly all the time. it also helped to have one of those floor mats so she had something to look at while she was down there. i hope this helps. just remember to do it gradually.

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My son had the same problem. I just kept trying and he would make these "ahh, ahh" noises. I wouldn't pick him up until he actually started to cry. Then, after some time, I just began moving him to his back and letting him play with the hanging toys on his play mat. Then one day, just a couple of weeks ago, I put him on his back and he flipped over onto his stomach. Now he LOVES tummy time because he's the one that puts himself in that position. Now every time I put him on his back, he flips to his tummy.

So I guess I would say don't give up, cuz even just a few minutes is good. And maybe show her how to roll so that she can choose to give herself tummy time if she wants to. And, just stay by her so she knows you're near if she gets upset. Oh, and one more thing.. Now that my son puts himself on his tummy, he likes to play with the hanging toys on his mat while on his tummy. So maybe dangle something in front of her face and see if it entertains her! Good luck!!

Kimberly - posted on 12/04/2009

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My daughter despised it. But over time it gets better you just have to stay with it. At first she would scream blood murder and made no attempt to raise her head, then she would raise her head just to cry, then she started just whining and proping herself up, then she started grunting in frustration, now she'll do it for awhile and just kind've look around, when she gets tired she puts her head down over her hands like she wants to sleep. I get down there with her and lay down so she can always see me. I try to make her laugh as much as I can so she's distracted by what she "can't" do. It'll happen mom and then again some babies skip certain things...my nephew hated tummy time and crawling wasn't happening either...we called him a "bobble-head" because he just didn't try. One day he decided to crawl and about a week later he was walking.

Molly - posted on 12/04/2009

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Well it weems you aren't alone. My son was the same way. It didn't matter what I did> I used the boppy and a towel and he still hated it. So we just didn't do it on the floor until he was a little older The one way it did work was to put him on my chest instead of the floor. Once he hit about 3 months he started liking it more because he had the strength to hold himself longer. Plus remember...they don't have to lay there for a long time, 5 minutes is the recommended amount of time.

Stephanie - posted on 12/01/2009

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My little guy really hates tummy time, but its good for a good hard cry to fall asleep fast when he just doesn't want to give up and give in to a well needed nap. About a month ago we got him a BUMBO chair and he loves it! He can sit up and play with his older brother (3yo). Now he is 4mo and tummy time is still no fun for him, but he has enough arm and neck strength to hold himself up for awhile. Until his head gets heavy and then right back to screaming. (The Doctor was a little mad about how I wasn't really doing tummy time the way they want it, but hes not behind starting rolling over a week before he turned 4mo)

Niki - posted on 11/30/2009

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My son hates tummy time as well. We have an exersaucer, evethiugh it states for 6 months and up he loves it. Also try not to have your daughter lying on the back of her head too much as she will end up with a flat head. You can also out your daughter on your chest for tummy time, even the jolly jumper. Hope that helps.

Elita - posted on 11/26/2009

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My son hated tummy time, if it becomes a huge issues stop it for a while,they will still crawl or lay them across your lap for a few mintues a day......or you lie down and lay them on your chest it is still tummy time. Good luck I know how you feel

Christine - posted on 11/26/2009

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My daughter is okay at first but after about a minute she gets fussy. I use the tummy time mat with the mini boppy pillow and that helps. She has been trying to hold her head up since the day she was born!

Kathleen - posted on 10/30/2009

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I put my son on his tummy after his bath and rub lotion on his back, that might help

Danielle - posted on 10/29/2009

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our son hated it too but then we started to give him tummy time on our tummies and play with him and make sure that he was comfortable and then we started to transfer him to the floor and after about a week he could do 15mins on the floor with his almost 3 year old bro playing with him,

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my 3 month old hates it too. i got one of those half circle breastfeeding pillows and prop it under her arms and put a fun toy in front her. it has helped a lot. just keep working at it small amounts of time each day. good luck!

Frenika - posted on 10/29/2009

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My lil man hates it too.. I put him on his tummy when he was a lil over a month and he freaked out.. He started screaming and attempted to raise his legs backwards.. He freaked me out too, although I just think that he was scared cause he never been in that position before and he felt as if he didn't have his normal control of his body. Long story short, I stopped putting him on his tummy because since it scared him, I didn't want to put him through that. But every article I read and the doctor kept saying how he should be placed on his tummy, so I started back again... He still hated it.. But his physical therapist mentioned putting a rolled up towel, rolled up blanket, or mini boppy pillow under him to help. You can also try putting your baby over one of your legs. My son is 3 months now and he don't love tummy time but he stays down for longer than 10 minutes now..

Tammy - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son doesn't like tummy time either, he only spends up to 5 minutes at a time before he gets cranky. I usually sit with him and play with his toys to distract him. I give him tummy time every day, usually a couple times a day, depending on his mood.

Barbara - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter too! All she wants to do is sitt up! I still try everyday though!!!

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My little girl hated tummy time too. About a month ago I started making her do it every day. I started with a couple minutes at a time several times through out the day. She would start to cry and then settle down. I usually sang and clapped to distract her. If I skipped a day she would back track. Folding a blanket and putting it under her chest helped and making her do tummy time first thing in the morning (when she is in the best mood) also helped. Now she doesn't mind tummy time. She stares at herself in the mirror on her playmat. She spends 6-10 minutes at a time before she gets tired and puts her head down. Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 10/22/2009

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It happens to most babies.. a lot of them dont like tummy time. I have 4 children and the only one that liked it was my first son, he liked it because he went to sleep.. EVERY TIME.. lol. My suggestion is to use some colorful toys in front of them that they can focus on, or prop them up with a towel, or a boppy pillow.. babies are more content that way. Another thing you could try is to have tummy time on top of you. Lay belly to belly and your baby has you to talk to while they do their time. Good Luck! ~kristin~

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I have the same problem ! Im so glad i looked on here i never would have thought to use the towel under them !

Allison - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter is the same.. They can be such fussy little ones. My suggestion is to maybe roll up a towel and place it beneath her chest, under her arms to prop her up a little bit, just helps with their posture a little bit I think.. Also make sure she doesn't have a full tummy too. Good luck!

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