Tummy Time/ Flat head

Tiffany - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I NEED HELP!!!! My 3 month old son HATES tummy time, but he has to do it. He's got a bald spot ont the back of his head, and a small flat spot. (and I dont want him to be a flathead) . I try to make him do tummy time every day but its a pain because all he does is Scream and Cry.. any Suggestions ???

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Pathways - posted on 03/17/2010

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You’re right – Tummy Time will help with that flat spot and strengthen neck, shoulder and core muscles in baby. Start with some tummy-down holds to help your LO get used to the position. Instead of propping him on your shoulder, soothe him face-down across your lap. Try the “football” hold by carrying him close to your body in a tummy-down position. Also, make sure you’re offering TT at his most content time of day. Check out more TT tips for parents from Pathways Awareness: http://bit.ly/8IhuuF. They also have a unique developmental calendar of activities you can do to foster your LO’s growth: http://bit.ly/5lGkTm. Keep at it and TT will no longer be torture!

Casey - posted on 03/10/2010

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I agree with everyone else that all babies are different--some love it, some hate it. My son wasn't a fan until he could hold his head up well, and also roll over. He has a bald spot on the back of his head, but I think it's mainly from turning it constantly side to side, to watch what everyone is doing. He's 7 months, and it's starting to come back. Something I did with my son that could be helpful... I put him on my chest while I was sitting up or in our recliner and he would naturally try to pull his head up and see me or look around. I'm sure a lot of mommas do this.... :) To me, it gives him a workout, which is what I wanted, and he's more content to do so because he's with me. Best of luck!

Jeannie - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter was the same way! She is 22 months old, and when you pull her hair up you can still see where her bald spot was! :) Anytime I tried to put her on her belly, she screamed bloody murder!! It was very hard for me, because my son was the complete opposite! I would do it for 1-2 minutes at a time, sometimes 20 x's a day! After a while, she started to get the hang of it. It's not going to kill him if he doesn't get an hour or two per day. Some kids are just different. He will eventually do all the things that he is "supposed" to do, even if it takes him a bit longer! :)

Geneen - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son didn't like it either but I made him. They will get used to it don't worry. If she screams try & soothe her through it. To help I would lie on my back & have him do tummy time on me. I also bought one of those tummy time play mats & used a boppy.

Carol - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter is 5 months old and I felt the same way you do when she was about 2-3 months. The back of her head was also getting that bald spot and I worried so much but she just despised tummy time. So I bought one of those tummy time mats with a pillow to help support her. It helped ease her into it. I would put her down for tummy time on it for about 5-7 minutes, just depended on how long she would want to lay there for. Once she reached about 4 months she started laying on her tummy without a problem. At 4 1/2 months she lerned to roll over on her own and when she gets on her tummy she now loves it and can push herself up now with her arms and loves looking around. I think its just a matter of time and patience. Hang in there! I'm sure he will eventually stop fighting you on it =>

Tamara - posted on 03/09/2010

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I had the same problem with my son! Try putting him on a baby playmat and put toys in fron of him. Get down on his level and talk to him, sing to him, show him the toys. Also try small 10 min sessions through out the day, and try and do this when his belly is fairly empty. hope this helps good luck

Angel - posted on 03/08/2010

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Try getting a pillow to put under your baby. i had to do that with my daughter until she got used to it :)

Armanda - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son hated tummy time! We actually had to bring him for a physical therapy evaluation because he only would turn his head to one side, and started to get a flat spot. Luckily, that went away with time, and a few simple stretches the doctor taught us. Any time they are on their stomaches counts as tummy time. Does your son like to lay on his stomach when you rock him? This could be an easy way to get in some tummy time. Try laying him on his stomach on top of a pillow in your lap, sometimes they are more comfortable on a softer surface. If you are truley concerned, it wouldn't hurt to bring it up at the next doctor visit.

Karen - posted on 03/08/2010

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both my kids loved tummy time. although they were both on their tummies a fair bit, my son still had a flat head. so i don't believe tummy time prevents it. babies spend alot more time sleeping than they do playing and they should be put on their backs to sleep.

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I think all babies hate it at that age. Both mine did. I just did it for about 3 to 5 minutes 5 to 8 times a day. The crying & screaming I just had to deal with. He's not hurting, just mad. :-)

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