hates tummy time

Tracy - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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i have a soon to be 4 months old. she is a preemie. she just hates tummy time. and i feel its important for her to do it ,so she can get strong. any advice. i've played on the floor with her, talked to her ,played with her toys,she just is not having it.she lifts her head up but then becomes lazy and does nothing but cry. my first daughter didnt like it either. but this one is more of a concern to me. sorry. just a worrying mother.

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Mia - posted on 02/11/2011

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My prem hated it too, he didn't like me not holding him and being on his belly upset his reflux. I just put him down as often as I thought about it, picking the timing right between feeds etc when it would be least uncomfortable for him. My baby nurse also said holding them upright over your shoulder (if you can picture what I mean!) so they strengthen their head muscles etc that way is good also. Funny, although he hated it and wasn't on his belly for big lengths of time he still developed within a full term baby milestones, crawling at 8 months or 6.5 corrected. Just keep at it, and no you're ok, worrying is just how we mum's are and it never stops!!!

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Pamela - posted on 02/17/2011

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Try laying the baby on your stomach, while you are laying down. She might be more comfortable and pick her head up to look around.

Cari - posted on 02/15/2011

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we did tummy time on the bed to start out she loved it i would put her on the bed and get on my knees and talk and play with her it was soft and great then after a couple weeks of that we turned to the floor on a blanket small amount of time alot of times a day will do the trick

Sherry - posted on 02/09/2011

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my sone is a 29 weeker, he hated tummy time unless my oldest son was on the floor with him. So we put Gaige in charge of Zaks tummy time, eventually Zak got used to it and in the mean time it made Gaige feel important to be helping his baby brother. Now the 2 boys have a strong bond.

Brandy - posted on 02/08/2011

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i totally agree at least 5mins several times a day works good and even though they hate it they really need it, the more you do it the stronger they are and the stronger they become the more they like it lol good luck!

Katrina - posted on 02/08/2011

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Abby hated it too but I found a big dress mirror on it's side worked a treat. Being down there with her and having the mirror seemed to help but she still took a while. anyway she now 9 months adjusted (11 &1/2 months) and is crawling so it didnt make any impact on her not liking tummy time. Small and often is the trick

Kristy - posted on 02/08/2011

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don't worry yourself over it too much - it's totally normal. my son was born at just over 28 weeks and HATED tummy time. every day i would just give him a minute or so of it...mostly on my chest as one of the previous posters above mentioned as well...he tolerated that much better but still only for a minute or so. in no time at all he still figured out how to hold his head up, and then roll over, and then sit up, and once he did all of that his hatred of tummy time ended. now he flips back and forth all day (and night!) long :)

Randie - posted on 02/08/2011

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My oldest preemie didn't like it either, I'd prop her up with a blanket some toys whatever. Does she take a pacifier? sometimes that helped her calm down, otherwise just do it a few minutes then increase longer. music might help does she like that, a mirror might be a good toy to keep her distracted..

Aimee - posted on 02/08/2011

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My 5 month old still hates tummy time. I can get him to stay happier longer if I put his boppy under his chest and put one of his play mirrors so he can see himself. He thinks he is hilarious so this works for a little while! I plan to move the boppy as he gets more comfortable on his tummy.

Kate - posted on 02/08/2011

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mine has only just got use to being on her tummy at 3 and a half months, i found that i started using the couch then moved onto the floor, but although its not a completely flat surface, my chest worked wonders also, she was comfortable and she knew she could see me, i think that was one of the biggest turns for her, coz she pushes herself up and holds herself while there, and while she cant push herself as high when shes on the ground, each day she gets stronger!

Ellen - posted on 02/07/2011

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Best advice I ever got, keep that preemie on the tummy when playing. She got stronger alot quicker, but did not like it one bit either.

Tracy - posted on 02/07/2011

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thank you sarah! i will give that a try. i will try every hour though,since i have a 2 year old that needs my attention as well

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2011

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My preemie son, is almost 3 months and he also hated tummy time. Now he loves being on his tummy. All I did was give him a few minutes every half hour, and when he would cry I would put him onto his back. He eventually got use to being on his tummy. Now he can be on his tummy for hours! Good luck.

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