tummy time

Nicole - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my daughter is almost 4 months old and i don't really give her tummy time. the reason why i really don't is because everytime i try she gets mad and frustrated because she can't crawl and she wants to. is it really a big deal if i don't give her that much. she has a strong neck and has been picking her head up since she was born, she is a supported sitter and if she leans far enough she can sit on her own and she is somewhat rolling over from her back to her side and side to back.

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Karissa - posted on 01/31/2010

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My daughter is almost 4 months as well and I have the same issue. She loves standing up in her stationary jumper and hates being on the floor. My mom's advice to me was put her down at her happiest, right after feeding her. Lay down on the floor with her that way she can see your face and know that what she's doing is ok and you're there with her. Pat or rub her on the back and talk to her or sing. I've been doing this and she's gotten so much better at tummying longer. Some babies skip the whole crawling thing and go straight to walking. So don't worry, she's a healthy baby and she'll be fine

Laura - posted on 01/31/2010

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My son is 7.5 months old now, but he also HATED tummy time when we first were doing it. I think that it IS very important, because they need to learn to crawl at some point, and how can they learn if they are never in the position to? Tummy time will help her learn to roll as well. Once my son learned to roll from his tummy to his back and vice versa, he didn't get mad about tummy time anymore. He'd just flip himself over when he got tired of it. As mad as it makes your daughter, just a couple of times a day for just a couple of minutes at a time will definitely help. I hope this helps.

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Alisha - posted on 01/31/2010

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Tummy time is a vary important, since they sleep ont heir back sna d the bouncy chairs and swings and what not they are all on hteir backs right! this can lead to flat heads which aren't good. that flat head can lead to having to have your child were a helmet. this happened to my nephew as he didn't like tummy time they won't put on tummy time and he has a flat head. Personally i have done tummy time since the day they were born and if they get fussy thats OK as they are going to use more muscles and get stronger. If they are fussyand not freaking that is fine too as they are also learning their voice however if they are freaking for a few mins then roll them over and do it again in a lil while. They will get use to it. i wish all you good luck

Lin - posted on 01/31/2010

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my daughter never like it either and the health nurse kept giving me grief over it because its ment to be important but im not gonna do that to her if it upsets her. i ignored everyone and left my daughter alone. she never crawled she started pulling herself up at ten months and walked by herself at exactly a year old where other kids her age werent walking yet so that showed me that all babies are different. they do things at different stages. they like different things. you cant raise you kids through text book cause they are all different. i was like you worried sick but i left her alone and she was just one of those babies that didnt like being on her tummy end of story. yours is the same. id let her be and rest assured she will develop eventually but may just skip the crawling stage like mine did. please dont worry its normal aswell i read up on lots of parents with the same problem and the results were the same as mine.

Lina - posted on 01/31/2010

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our girl hated this also. I believe, that i is impossible to spoil the child who is 4 months letting him do what he wants and do not pushing him. everybody, if healthy, will crawl, will walk and will talk. and could anyone point out the difference of when will he start walking - being 9, 10 or 12 mnths? it means a lot just for mums, to be sure, everything is in/on time... on the other hand, I wouldnt risk to reduce her confidence in me doing things that makes her really angry until baby reaches 6 months.

Crystal - posted on 01/31/2010

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I have never gave my son tummy time due to the same reason as you. he would just flip out and get so upset over the fact that he couldnt crawl. but my son is now 19 months and hes doing fine. he learned everything the same as any other child as well. he sat up,walked,crawled right on time.

Meagan - posted on 01/31/2010

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if shes frustated she cant crawl thats a good thing! that means she wants to do it! let her work it out u cant just change the situation everytime yer kid gets frustrated u r gonna have a helpless spoiled kid if u step in everytime it gets upset, thats a part of life...my daughter was like that since her 1st week of life she had tummy time & when shed get frustrated id put my hands behind her feet and shed push off then readjust her arms so she was crawling before she was even 6 months old and walking at 9! let that girl get frustrated i mean is that what motivates all humans to move foward physically and emotionally???

Ceilidh - posted on 01/31/2010

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My son hates it too. The doctor asked me the other day if he's been rolling over and I had to confess that he has only rolled over twice, and he doesn't seem to be trying either. What I've been doing is, I bought him a play time mat and it has a singing bear that sits on the mat, so I put him on his tummy and turn on the electronic bear in front of him to distract him from the fact he's on his tummy, it seems to work and he doesn't get frustrated AS quickly. Also this morning, he started crying and getting mad and I just sat and watched him closely to make sure he wasn't getting short of breath or anything, he almost rolled over a few times! I think it's important to let them get frustrated, as hard as it is for us to watch!

Karlee - posted on 01/31/2010

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i always gave my son lots of tummy time it is very good for them if she doesnt like it than just try to make it happy for her and exciting and if she cries just let her cry for a minute it wont hurt her

Christina - posted on 01/31/2010

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My first daughter hated being on her tummy. I didn't put her on her tummy as much as I did my other two children (who loved being on their tummy's) & they all crawled around the same age. It is important for the to have some tummy time. I use to get on the floor with my daughter & play with her until she would start to get really fussy & then pick her up. I did that 3 & 4 times a day & she developed at the same speed my other two did. I hope this helps!!

Courtney - posted on 01/31/2010

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its ok to let them get mad. thats how they learn to do the things. with my oldest i left her on her tummy and she got so mad she rolled over. you should only pick her up if she has been crying so much she cant breathe, but the doctor will tell you that tummy time is very important and she will get mad and frustrated but its the only way she will learn.

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