My daughter hates Tummy Time!!

Alycia - posted on 11/02/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have tried everything to get my 4 month old to deal with tummy time but all she will do is scream!! I did tummy mat, something under her chest, putting her across my legs, she just refuses to enjoy any of it and i want her to be on her way to crawling! please any suggestions.

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Heather - posted on 11/02/2009

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my son did that too....i had to be with him. Now he will sit there by himself and play for enernity it seems by himself. Give it time and keep trying, she will eventually get used to it. Make sure you have plenty of fun things to distract her!!!

Sara - posted on 11/02/2009

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I made tummy time my boyfriends job so he always did tummy time lying in his back on the floor surrounded with a couple pillows with my son on his chest that way they could see each other and have fun then after that they just always played together faceing each other on the floor with toys it. It got really easy around 3-5 months because he started to be a bit more indepentent and we could just put him on a play mat with toys. i didn't think there was anything different between mis chest and ground when it came to learning the muscles then was he was ready to really start moving he was on the floor no problem because he wasn't that helpless he could hold his whole chest up easilly.

Heather - posted on 11/02/2009

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I agree with most of the above. My youngest (is 17 mos now) absolutely hated being on his tummy, but it is very important for their development. My mom is a nurse, has been for longer than I have been alive, and she was very adament on how important it is. The thing to remember is that it doesn't hurt them to cry a little, it helps develop their lungs and vocal chords. As long as it is only for a few minutes. Plus, it stimulates them to try to push up or roll over so they're not on their tummy. Believe me, a few minutes, a couple times a day isn't going to hurt them, although it might hurt you and your feelings!! LOL!!

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my daughter did the same thing,she is 4 1/2 months.ive learned that tummy time doesnt neccassarily have to mean on their tummy it can also be time when u have them on ur chest and u are sitting down which allows them to still use their legs and push up while having the help and balance from your chest.my daughter loves it and i did that for awhile and now she loves tummy time because.when i had her against my chest she was able to learn the use of her legs and now can support her own weight and she was able to learn to use her arms with out her head being stuck on the floor the whole time so instead she would push against my chest to look around.which also helped her balance and strengthen her neck.so my suggestion would be to do tummy time agaisnt your chest with yur son or daughter facing you and just keeping your hands around their waist for a little balance.its fun too cuz once they learn to push away from you to look around more they will also look at you more that way when you talk to him or her they have eye contact with you.

Melissa - posted on 11/02/2009

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I an assure you, even without tummy time, your little one will crawl! My daughter hated tummy time too! She wanted nothing to do with anything on her stomach (burping was different because she got to cuddle ;) ) She learned how to crawl all on her own. She would roll herself over when she was lying on her back and get so frustrated that she was on her stomach! LOL Eventually, she learned that if she put her arms up, she could see more. Then little by little she started scooting...and the rest is history. But to just lay her on her stomach...oh man it was like the worst thing in the world! Hang in there...she will get the hang of it! :)

Tiffany - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son also hated tummy time, as did several of my friends babies. Don't worry, it's okay if they don't like it, they'll still learn to crawl! We would try everything too to get him to stay on his tummy, but he would instantly scream! He learned how to roll over both ways and crawl and walk (he's now 17 months) and he never needed tummy time to help with learning any of it!

Amy - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son also hated tummy time until he was able to push himself up enough to see around him. It's normal that they don't like it-it probably hurts... Do it anyway but make it really short periods. My doctor told me to keep it to a couple minutes several times a day!

Julie - posted on 11/02/2009

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Alycia, I had the same issue with my son, he ABSOLUTELY HATED tummy time! he would cry constantly too, I tried everything but he wanted nothing to do with it, even tried using the mirrors and laying on the floor with him, but just didn't work. You can't rush tummy time at all, when they're ready they'll do it but you can't rush it. My son didn't do it until probably 6-7 months, my daughter loved tummy time at like 2.5 months.

Stevie - posted on 11/02/2009

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just let her cry for a few min when my son was born he didnt mind it then we took a trip to see my father in law on christmas and he hated tummy time after that and so forth all i did was doit a few times a day for only a couple of min 2 or 5 min at a time until he rolled over and then he eventually started crawling give it time do a little at a time

Melissa - posted on 11/02/2009

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I would not force her to be on her tummy if she does not like it. I know you want her to be crawling, but 4 months is early to start crawling. She needs to get stronger so that she can sit up by herself first. She will crawl when she is ready. Just be patient. Just because she isn't crawling now doesn't mean anything is wrong with her development. My son started crawling at 10 months old. And 11 months, he was walking. Just enjoy her now, cause once they start crawling, they never stop moving...lol. Don't worry, she will crawl soon enough.

Amy - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son is the same way, He loves to sit up and see everything , so everytime I put him on his belly he gets mad. I would love suggestions to! All I have tried is just to lay on the floor with him and do it like 5 times a day.

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