Tummy Time

Nannette - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My nine week old hates to be left on her tummy for more than a few minutes. I know that tummy time is really important so is this normal?

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Angelea - posted on 02/10/2009

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Okay, so I figured it out! My two month old tolerated tummy time for the first time last night. I have a center island in my kitchen...I laid him on the island with a small folded towel at his head (for he wouldn't slam his face down on the island top). I watched him while my family was moving about the kitchen for about 8 mins. He seemed to really enjoy watching people move about and forgot that he didn't like belly time. So..maybe elevating your baby to a table top might work??? Of course you can't leave them alone!

Good luck and let me know if this works for you.

Gillian - posted on 02/08/2009

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Quoting Nannette:

Tummy Time

My nine week old hates to be left on her tummy for more than a few minutes. I know that tummy time is really important so is this normal?



HI,



My son was the same and still does not like to spend too much time on his tummy but there is a big improvement since we started to put him on his tummy after every nappy change (except at nighttime) and in the beginning we helped him by rolling up a blanket and placing it under his chest so that he is not completely flat on the ground.

Angelea - posted on 02/08/2009

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My little Aiden hates tummy time too! We have found that he tolerates tummy time a little better if I lay flat on my back with a blanket on my tummy..this makes me a little more level. We lay him on my belly/chest. This way he loves to look up while I talk to him. He seems to tolerate this a little longer than the alternative!

Melissa - posted on 02/07/2009

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Also, Boppy sells a mini boppy pillow surfboard mat (mine was given to me at my shower from Babies R Us)made exactly for this purpose and it works great, it's more baby sized than the normal Boppy I use to nurse.

Melissa - posted on 02/07/2009

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Lay on your back and put her on your stomach, my pedi told me this is just as good and will help them get used to the feeling and eventually you can work to the floor. Also, I put my baby's favorite toy out in front of her or lay down in front of her so she has something to look at.

Wendy - posted on 02/06/2009

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I had the same problem with my little girl--i found placing her on her tummy on our couch with her eyes just able to look down helped--i sat below her and sang and moved around and shook toys---after five days she moved to the floor --still hates it , but we're up to seven minutes a session now (from like 10seconds):) I also found that on the floor she likes to be on a blanket on top of my yoga mat..:)

Andrea - posted on 02/06/2009

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I had the same problem at nine weeks, and resolved it by placing a toy with a mirror in front of him while he's on his tummy. He immediately lifted his head up to look at his reflection, and he's been doing great with tummy time ever since. He's even rolled over on his own a couple of times.

Colleen - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hello there,



I was having the same problem.  He would freak out after a couple seconds on his tummy. Even with the little pillow for support.  However, the newest activity I discovered this past week was to put him hanging onto the back of the couch (I hope I'm discribing this right). Our couch is in front of two windows.  He doesn't feel like hes lying down since he's on the back of the couch.  I'm always with one hand on him, but he really enjoys looking out the window.  So he gets time on the tummy with his head up, but doesn't really feel like he's lying on his tummy.  Some day we hope to wave at the mail lady :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/05/2009

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my son HATES it as well, I went out and bought some tummy time mat, that has a small pillow to put under his chest, & has something in the front for him to look at it.... I still cant get him to stay on it for too long, but it's longer than just placing him on a blanket

Jessica - posted on 02/05/2009

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Boppy pillow - its like a U shaped pillow used alot for breastfeeding. Can get at Babiesrus and probably many other stores

Kelly - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son hates tummy time too, he can normally only last a minute or 2 and then he gets really cranky. I have found that lying him on my tummy is much better, but he still only lasts for about 5 mins tops. I guess that is a long time for a baby tho. I mite try that boppy idea and see if mayb that can help, but i was mostly worried about whether i was giving him enough tummy time, wat with him only doing it for a cple of minutes at a time. Thanks for all ur great advice, i really love this facebook app.

Lisa - posted on 01/31/2009

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My son hates it too and I was getting worried because I was told that he needed a lot of tummy time.  He either rolls over on his back or just pushes up with his hands, lifts his head and screams.  He does like lying across my lap on his tummy though.  Sometimes if he's cranky, lying him across my lap that way is the only way to calm him.

Mary - posted on 01/31/2009

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From what I gather from numerous friends, they all hate tummy time. My daughter is no exception, boppy or no. I have noticed that each week she tolerates it a little longer, though. My ever practical mother said that this was not really done in the 70's, and we survived & developed normally. I stopped obsessing after that. I do think that times spent laying on you, even just reclining slightly while you are in a chair, or rocker, are sufficient. Molly will push herself up, lift her head, & look around then as well, (which is the goal) , without having a melt down, and it lasts longer than laying her on some mat or the floor.

User - posted on 01/30/2009

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Thank you for all the suggestions!!! I am going to try the rolled up towels or boppy tomorrow as well!!!

Abbey - posted on 01/30/2009

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Yeah, my son is tummy sleeper but he still hates tummy playtime. But he loved laying on the Boppy. Although it still only lasts about 10 minutes at the most. But I guess that is a long time for a baby.

Nannette - posted on 01/30/2009

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Wow! Thank you guys for all the input. I have tried laying down with her while she's on her tummy, but I never thought about using the boppy to help out! This Circle of Moms facebook app is amazing:)

Diana - posted on 01/30/2009

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It is pretty common, I have 4 and they have all hated tummy time at first.  Even if the baby only lasts 2 minutes it helps their strength.  If you lie down and put the baby on your tummy, that counts as tummy time too, as they are still strengthening their muscles.  This is what works best for us and our little princess. Good luck!

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Kind of like the boppy idea, I put my 12 week old twins on a rolled up towel.  I position it under their chest with their arms hanging over.  They can see better and are happier for longer, though they usually don't last muh longer than 10 minutes.  I also get down on their level and smile at them and encouage them a lot and that helps.

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2009

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I asked my pediatrician how long she should be on her tummy, she said try a couple of times or whenever she is awake and do it for however long she will last. I would not worry, the bigger and stronger she gets the longer she will last!

Kristi - posted on 01/30/2009

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My son loves being on his tummy (he's 11 weeks old), so that isn't our issue, but I do notice how much more he loves it when Daddy gets down on the ground with him. Wes starts lifting his head more and giggling and smiling! Might be worth a try?

Natalie - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have the same problem, however my little girl does not mind being on her tummy if it's across my legs.  Have you tried this yet?  She lifts up her neck and looks around..Super cute.

Jessica - posted on 01/30/2009

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My little boy can get frustrated while doing tummy time on a blanket or on his little gym mat.  I find that putting him tummy-down on his Boppy eases his little angst.  This way he's sorta hanging off a little ledge and he doesn't feel like he's suffocating because his face ins't face-down on the blanket or gym mat.  I hope this helps.  :o)

User - posted on 01/30/2009

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I am having the same problem! (My daughter is almost 10 weeks) So I try and do literally a few minutes at a time, maybe 2x a day, but I feel like I am torturing her! My pediatrician said its normal, but I am not sure what to do, because it is so important! I would appreciate any advice also!

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