Tummy time?

Joy - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 months and dislikes his tummy time. I've tried propping him up with a "tummy time mat" for under his arms, I've tried a rolled up towel under his arms, I've tried toys in front of him to look @ and I've even tried lying facing him my own tummy......yet he only lasts 3-5 minutes! He has really good nech/head control but he spends a lot of time on his back "playing" and has not only a bald spot, but he is getting a flat spot (which I have heard can be irreversable! Any suggestions on how to encourage a baby so young to like his tummy?! Or even other ways (besides carrying him everywhere) to get him off his back?

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Laura - posted on 08/18/2009

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Working in pediatric occupational therapy, in addition to being a mom, I have to say that tummy time is extremely important for every baby. The muscular development in the arms, shoulders, neck and back are vital for your child as they grow and develop. Not encouraging your child with tummy time can have long range effects as they grow and develop into toddlers. I have worked with many children that did not get enough tummy time which led to a lack of crawling and ultimately under development of their upperbody. Any time that you have your child spend on their tummy is vital and important! The best positioning is to make sure your child's elbows are under their shoulders. This allows them to have better neck and head control and they will enjoy looking around and interacting better. Good luck!

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LeSara - posted on 09/14/2009

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My baby girl LOVES Tummy Time! She can lay there for 10 minutes at a time. She enjoys lifting her head and seeing us (mom and dad) looking at her. We are down on the floor or laying with her on our bed talking with her. She smiles at us the whole time. She tries to grasp the blanket as if to pull herself up to crawl. Another great idea I got from another Momma is to put a mirror under her face and she just becomes mesmerized and she lasts longer. My daughter does Tummy Time about 10 times a day. I space it out between bottles. Hope this helps.

Theresa - posted on 09/14/2009

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both of my boys have hated tummy time. From 3 weeks on, they have rolled over every time. I also tried lots of things. My youngest is doing a little better with it. If you find anything that works let me know.

Nancy - posted on 09/14/2009

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My lil' girl loves tummy time and she loves to roll around a lot too. I never bothered to buy a tummy time mat. My nursing pillow does just as well. She does have a sensitive tummy and spits up quite a bit so I just put a receiving blanket over it, and prop her up on it and she absolutely loves it!

Karen - posted on 09/14/2009

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My 4 month old hates tummy time as well. However, she is getting better. She loves it when I roll her from back to front and back again. If I get her started she will roll over onto her tummy. She will enjoy it for a few minutes and have a giggle, then gets crabby. We have a Bumbo as well and she loves it. Nurse today suggested also an exercise ball, putting her on that and rolling her forward.......not sure how that would work though. I am persevering with tummy time and we are getting there day by day....it is hard though

Calley - posted on 09/13/2009

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My Daughter Is 4 Months & If I Put Her On Her Tummy, She Burys Her Face Into The Matt Or Bed & Then Gtes Stressed Because She Cant Breathe!! She 4 1/2 Months & Still Wont Do It =( She Has A Bumbo, And She Loves Sitting In That, And She Has A Door Bouncer & Likes That Too, I Just Cant Seem 2 Find A Way Of Keeping Her Happy On Her Tum, She Doesnt Even Last 1 Minute, I'd Be Greatful For Three! She Is Quite Small For Her Age (13 1/2 lb) So I Dont Know If That Makes A Difference, I Will Have To Persevere..

Kim - posted on 09/11/2009

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It will get better. I was very worried becuase my son hated it too. He just turned 4 mos and he is enjoying it more and more. I put a play mat out as well as a sheet with lots of colorful toys that interest him.

Ashlee - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son also hated tummy time at 3 months old. I put him in his swing a lot and also his bouncer chair. At 4 months he is now able to roll from his back to his belly, and as long as he rolled there himself he is okay with it. Still doesn't let me put him on his belly very often. The one thing that he loves when he is on his tummy is a mirror. He seems to play peek-a-boo with himself. The other thing the I did, before he could roll, was lay on my back and lay him on his belly on my chest. I would talk to him and make faces and he would stay there a little bit longer. Hope this helps you out a little!



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Aimee - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son hates tummy time also. He screams these blood-curdling screams when he's on his tummy until I pick him up. He even dislikes tummy time on my tummy (that's how he naps) but I think its due to the fact that he tries to fight sleep. He has really strong legs due to the jumperoo and when he is on his tummy (before he realizes its nap time) he lifts his whole upper body up and looks me in the eye & giggles. I know its important but if you do other exercises for his arms & legs I don't think you'll have that much of an issue. My friend is a pedia & her children hated tummy time as well so that's what she suggested to me & he's just as strong as a baby his age that likes tummy time. My son also likes to sit up so we prop him up with a boppy & blankets then put toys in front of him to motivate him to sit up. He really enjoys that.

Krystie - posted on 09/10/2009

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While I'm not recommending that people let their babies watch lots of tv, I know of a few people that find that if they put their baby on their tummy where they can see the tv, they seem more content. Luckily my little boy is pretty good with tummy time so I haven't had to try it.

Tanya - posted on 09/01/2009

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My daughter was getting a flat spot but hated being on her tummy with a blanket or anything under her. I* bought a breast feeding pillow and prop her up for tummy time and she loves it!!! She is also using her exersaucer a few times a day now - and her flat spot is gone. Also to get rid of flat spot - turn their heads while they sleep - either side while they sleep. Hope it helps

Marina - posted on 08/31/2009

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Have you tried the BUMBO yet?! You can get it at Target, Babies R Us, or any baby stores! If you don't know what it is, it's a little seat that supports their back! My son loves it! And it helps develop back and neck muscles to help them sit up! It's just as beneficial as tummy time!!

Melissa - posted on 08/30/2009

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I would try a bumbo seat to maybe ease up on the bald spot and flat head, there;s nothing u can really do to encourage tummy time, my sson is 3 months old and only lasts about 5 to 10 minutes, but I just give put him on his tummy several times a day for as long aS he'll last, i also started him in an exersaucer at 6 weeks, I just stuffed blankets around him to help hold him up, he does great and he has no bald spot or flat head, I just switch between tummy time, the bumbo seat and the exersaucer :)

Brenda - posted on 08/27/2009

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You can also try laying down on the bed and putting him on your belly, that way he is comfortable with it. I'll sometimes hold my little guy on the back of the chair to look over and he'll pick his whole upper body up to look around.

Elise - posted on 08/27/2009

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It sounds like most babies hate tummy time! My boy hates it! he screams and screams until I pick him up. It doesn't exactly look very comfortable. I'm going to try doing it outside as he loves being outside. Thansk for the advice Rachel Lerma!

Sylvie - posted on 08/27/2009

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My baby girl is just not motivated when she's on her tummy - she just lays there queitly sucking her thumb. She'll maybe look side to side but that's it. So I've been using the bumbo seat too, she loves being a "big" girl.

Kia - posted on 08/27/2009

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I put my son down for tummy time everyday. He loves it as long as he has eaten and his diaper is changed. I get down there and play with also. You can try that and see if that works.

Brenda - posted on 08/27/2009

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You can try a Bumbo seat or let him side sleep. My little guy hates tummytime with a passion, but he is a side sleeper so he doesn't get a flat spot. I used to put my oldest in a walker with pillows under his feet at this age too.

Phyllis - posted on 08/26/2009

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I have a 3 Month old Girl and She hates tummy time as well. She is gradually getting better but I have an exersaucer that my sister gave me. She Loves it. I put blankets to keep her a little more steady since they don't have balancing mastered yet! But It gets her off her back and will help to strengthen legs.

Hana - posted on 08/26/2009

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Quoting Darci:

A friend purchased a "Bumbo" chair for us. We haven't used ours yet, but it would be a good way to get him off his back. I also own a "Sleepy Wrap"... to carry my little one around... I also have a 3 year-old and a 3 year-old... so I needed some hands-free way to carry the baby - my "Sleepy Wrap" does the trick.


My son LOVES his "Bumbo". He thinks he is sitting on his own, which is really impowering to him. The combination of the bumbo and about 5-10 minutes of tummy time each day, we have seen a huge improvment on his muscle control.

Shannon - posted on 08/26/2009

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In due time, my son is going to be three months on friday and he is the exact same way.. Don't get discouraged he will do it when he is ready.. They cry yes and get mad, but keep up with it everyday and eventually he won't mind, I have noticed he does pick his head up alot more. I don't like to hear him cry either but it's for the best.

Callesta - posted on 08/26/2009

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My daughter hates when I put her on her tummy, she buries her head in the ground and starts crying so I started using a boppy pillow, she still crys when I put her on her tummy but it helps her lift her head up. I let her cry for a little bit and try to distract her with a toy and then pick her up and try it again.

Rachel - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son doesn't like doing tummy time inside the house (unless he's laying on my tummy--he likes the up/down motion of me breathing) but he LOVES doing tummy-time outside. I put a folded up blanket out on the lawn in the shade and sit with him and he has a great time looking around :)

I also carry him in a sling when we are out and about so that gets him off his back and he likes it so much better than being stuck in his car seat. And he's such a little chunky monkey, its hard to carry him in our arms for any length of time--the sling is so much easier!

He also likes to sit in my lap--as long as my arms anchor his hips and provide the occasional steadying influence on his torso, he does really well sitting up

Nic - posted on 08/15/2009

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my bubs hated it at first, so i started off doing it on my tummy and letting him sleep face down for a while on there too. he started to like it on my tummy and daddys so i started doing it on the bed and laying next to him, when he started to get a bit cranky i would give him a snuggle and put him back down, i did this twice a day for a while and now he has no problems, he even giggles now! lol!

Darci - posted on 08/15/2009

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A friend purchased a "Bumbo" chair for us. We haven't used ours yet, but it would be a good way to get him off his back. I also own a "Sleepy Wrap"... to carry my little one around... I also have a 3 year-old and a 2 year-old... so I needed some hands-free way to carry the baby - my "Sleepy Wrap" does the trick.

Mindy - posted on 08/15/2009

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my son spits up everytime i put him on his tummy because he stresses out he hates it so much so i hear you!

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My 3 month old loves to sit up, but she obviously can't do it herself yet. We prop her up and she loves to look around and see everything. She's also getting a bald spot, but I don't know what else to do until she gets more mobile. She does ok on her tummy. She spends maybe 10 minutes a day. She learned to roll over so she usually rolls over as soon as I put her on her tummy so I just put her back. As long as I'm in her face and playing with her she stays happy on her tummy for a little while.

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