Tummy TIme

Tiffany - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 36 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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Vanessa - posted on 03/17/2010

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start tummy time off with him laying on your stomach - he will have to lift his head to see your face

Cheryl - posted on 03/17/2010

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All good suggestions below, I was wondering if you lie down on your back and had the baby on his tummy on you, and laughed and talked wi him, little toys etc..if he might not begin to associate it wi a good experience..and then in crib wi liittle bright toys, stuffed animals wi big eyes, happy faces because at this stage babies really glom onto faces.. also the fuss and cry could just be frustration at not being able to lift his head yet or weak neck but as mentioned below try any/ all of these suggestions for just a few min. at time and grad increase..always working to make it a positive experience..see what happens..mine loved it when the little stuffed animals were just out of reach ..he was always stretching wi his arms to bat at them..he did the swimmers pose for weeks..(arms and legs flailing), wi only tummy touching the ground..

Kylie - posted on 03/09/2010

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hay there, you could try other types of tummy time such as having him lie on your chest on the couch and talking o him that way. or put him on your bed and sit nex to him, pull out a soft book they love that :)

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Ann Marie - posted on 03/20/2010

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My daughter prefers it if you make a game out of it. Either lay her on a blanket and pull the blanket around the room, or put her on the floor and pretend she's crawling around.

Denise - posted on 03/20/2010

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The first thing I thought of when I saw this post was, "Lay him on his side"..That's what I used to do. Every diaper change I would alternate sides that I would lie my son on in his crib. i used a receiving blanket that I would fold just right to put behind him. Hope this help.

Rashika - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son is 6months now and only took to tummy time when he was around 4months. my husband and i lay him on the bed and play peek a boo with him which works really well for about 10minutes or so then he gets frustrated when he cant actually get to us. as for the bald spot, i come from a very traditional family full of home remedies for everything and my mom and grandma said i should use olive oil on his head about 3times a week.it really does work. his hair is growing out thicker and shinier than i ever expected. even i have taken to using some olive oil in my hair. its so easy too. apply,massage into scalp and hair, leave for a cpl hours or for best results overnight.then the next morning rinse shampoo,rinse shampoo again and then condition. let me know if it helps.!

Angele - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son hated tummy time too...every time I would put him on his belly he would kick, cry, and even spit up. I had a bumbo seat, so that he wasn't always laying down. Sometimes, when I would lay him down on his belly on a really soft surface (couch or bed) he seemed to mind it less, but he still didn't stay on his belly long. He's now 11 months and still doesn't like being on his belly. I try going on the floor with him, which he now thinks is funny, but he still would rather be on his back or sitting up; as a result he doesn't crawl, he simply scoots on his bumb (he does attempt to crawl though when he turns over, but it's short lived) Good luck

Meg - posted on 03/19/2010

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My 17 year old daughter had a bald spot on the back of her head when she was a baby. It may have been a little flat back there too. I thought all babies had that. Ask/call your doctor or Ask-a-Nurse. (It should be free.) I think this is perfectly normal and that your baby will be just fine. Just an afterthought: could your child have gas and lying on the tummy may aggravate it?

Shelley - posted on 03/19/2010

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Just keep being persistent with it maybe a fun baby mirror or other toys. Make sure to mention the flat area to your Dr & maybe he can send you to a repositioning class if warranted & they will show you different ways to hold your baby & give proffessional advice on reshaping baby's head. good luck

Patti - posted on 03/19/2010

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do you get down on your tummy too? push toys back and forth to eachother. Has he just ate, you know full tummy? thats all i can think of be on the look out for developmental delays write things down how he reacts to things how he plays with things how he plays around others eye contact. thats all I got sorry I couldn't help

Janina - posted on 03/19/2010

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ok wow this makes me feel a lot better because i am having the same issue with my daughter who is 10 weeks old. she hates tummy time! im going to try all the tips given here :) she also has a flat head because she favours her right side. its so hard to get her off it especially at night when we are all asleep!!! i cant exactly sit there and monitor her!!!

Sheree - posted on 03/18/2010

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Hey Tiffany,

My now 7 & ahalf month old boy hated Tummy Time as well and i found that instead of pushn tummy time on him i layed him on his sides instead and he loved it. nowi put him in a activity centre chair and he will sit in there for hours an play and the best part u can put bubs in there now. hope this helped

Janet - posted on 03/18/2010

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Hi Tiffany,

I had the same trouble with my son and my Maternity Healthy Nurse suggested that I hold him belly down on one of those large exercise balls and rock him back and forward. He still works his tummy muscles and gets to have a bit of fun at the same time. I remember with James that his crying was mainly frustration so hang in there girl!

Janet

Natalie - posted on 03/18/2010

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No baby loves tummy time! Just keep doing it for a few minutes at a time, the better he gets the less he will fuss about being on the floor.

Abby - posted on 03/18/2010

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I used to lay my son on my chest and talk to him so he'd lift his head and coo back to me. or lay on your back and kick your legs up in the air and put him on your legs (mom can work some crunches in there too). My son loved it! And it doesn't have to be a long stretch at a time--just try little increments throughout the day. Good luck :D

Mandi - posted on 03/18/2010

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Neither one of my girls liked tummy time. I never forced them to do it, and they are fine. He isnt going to be a 'flathead', lol. Dont stress him out & force him to do something he doesnt want to do, he is just a baby. He will be fine.

Teryl - posted on 03/18/2010

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Bryten hated it until we started laying her over a pillow on her tummy We would do a mini backrub while she was on her tummy. We also did it on the couch (sitting on the floor in front hf her so she could not roll off). This way she was up higher and could see more so was less annoyed at tummy time

Louise - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son was the same. Actually both were. The first could only roll from his back to his front and then got stuck and hated it. And the second one hated it as a baby as he had a large head! They only recommend 5 mins at a time for babies that young though. I bought a mobile that had butterflies on it that played music and the butterflies circled it. It could be placed on the floor so I put it in front of them so they could play with it. Once they were rolling they mostly spent time on their bellies even though they hated it before. About 6ish months for both mine so don't worry too much. My youngest is 11 months and still has a bald patch on the back of his head as he is a long napper in the day as well as sleeping 12 hours at night.

Jaimie - posted on 03/18/2010

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My now seven month old son hated tummy time until about 5 months. I now believe it is because I wasnt doing it enough so he wasn't used to it. I started putting visually exciting things around him and doing it a little more often. Now he enjoys it..I hope this helps..

Kelly - posted on 03/17/2010

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I laid my daughter on her back of her head too much too and started to flat and i was worried so people told me to suggest to rotate, rotate the baby to their stomach on the floor and let them play and dont let them lay back too much..and it did so much better so maybe u can try that..

Cheryl - posted on 03/17/2010

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I once had a friend who habitually had her child in a little reclining, seat always passive, this baby never had any physically stimulating positions for her to develop strength in her arms and legs and body in general.. the baby was very listless and heavy...not sure about this?

Reena - posted on 03/17/2010

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My baby hated tummy time as well. Could do a 5 minutes or so then scream. My maternal child health nurse gave me some good advice about ensuring bub has lots of tummy time. She said tummy time is anything that isn't having bub on his back. So sitting up and reading a book, carrying bub in your arms whilst he is on his tummy etc.

Leanne - posted on 03/17/2010

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I used a boppy and only did a few minutes at a time then worked up to longer times. In the mean time, you can use a boppy noggin nest to help prevent more balding and flatness. It's an insert for the swing or bouncer that you can use (not approved for use in a carseat). I use one for my newborn and she's got a round head full of hair! Just search for boppy noggin nest on target.com.

Jasmine - posted on 03/17/2010

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Do not feel bad. My son hated it also... He would roll over as soon as I put him on his stomach. But he'll eventually get used to it, especially when he becomes more independent.

Adriana - posted on 03/17/2010

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My daughter hated tummy time and I did not let her cry, so I sat her up in a bumbo. For the bald spot, buy the tiny sleeping hats (one that fits on well) and use it when he is sleeping. I found that my daughter's hair started growing back right away. I think it is partly due to rubbing their head against the crib sheet. Hope this helps.

Daphne - posted on 03/17/2010

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Do tummy time for 5 minutes at a time. Message his head in the flat area to help reshape the skull while he's growing. Play some music during this time and put him at that edge of the bed where he can look down at you and you can look up at him and engage some 1 on 1 time.

Siti Mulianah - posted on 03/17/2010

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Let him develop at his own pace. Where did you hear about flathead from? If you are concern, confirm with your paeditrician. Babies develop at different pace. If he cries and scream, maybe he's not comfortable and just not ready. 3 months is still young ;)

Nikki - posted on 03/16/2010

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dont force your child to do anything they are not ready to do... they do not NEED tummy time, my son hated it so we never did it when he was six months he rolled onto his tummy himself when he was ready and loves it he learned to crawl on his own a month later, a child will only do something when they are ready not when we tell them to be... dont worry about their hair it grows back and the flat spot will too just enjoy your baby and stop making them uncomfortable

Kylie - posted on 03/16/2010

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hay there my friend had the same problem, she found that if you put them on there stomacheseither lie there with him or pat his bum, stops them from crying...in saying that you can also lye on the couch and have him on your stomach and talk to him that way...that is also classed as tummy time :)

Chantelle - posted on 03/12/2010

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My son didn't like tummy time either. Until I bought him a
Tummy time Pillow & Mat. The floor might be a little uncomfortable for him and that could be why he doesn't like tummy time. But after I bought my son one of those matts he loved tummy time. So maybe purchase that for the baby and see how he likes it then?

Janet - posted on 03/12/2010

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hi there just a little advice my dear,, please don't worry about your childs hair. or the shape off thier head. it will reshape as it grows and will lose the flatness, just turn is bousy chair the other way so he moves his head to the other side to see what is going on,, there are lot of babys or tots that hate being on thier tummy's and a lot that won't sleep unless they are on thier tummys it's not what you are doing .i have brought three kids up and have 6 gran kids and two great grankids. they have had flat heads bald spots. but have grown up just fine. to save the tears just leave no tummy time he's the boss....hope i have helped...

Ashley - posted on 03/09/2010

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I found that the boppy is too big for a baby at 3 months. I recommend a towel that isn't rolled all the way, and flatten the top of it so it is not so round. And get down on the floor with him. Put toys that make lots of noise in front of him and rattle them and talk to him about them. And don't do it for too long; 3-5 minutes a couple times a day is long enough to work on neck control and core tummy muscles!
Hope that helps. Good luck! :)

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I've yet to meet a pre-crawler who likes tummy time. Rolling up a towel into a U shape to support the chest & arms (a nursing pillow is the same shape) helps, as does the playing and giving mirrors etc to look at. Tummy time doesn't have to last more than a few minutes though b/c it's mostly just meant for core strength I thought. Just holding baby (snuggly, arms etc) will help prevent the flat spot. As for the baldness at the back- I that's pretty hard to prevent with the 'back to sleep' recommended program these days.. Good luck :)

Sarah - posted on 03/08/2010

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Maybe try laying him on the floor with you face to face with him..(spooning but facing each other) then gradually start to roll him more onto his tummy as time goes?

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My daughter hated being on her stomach, but she did ok when she was lying sort of propped up on a boppy because she could see around her. Have you tried anything like that?

Amber - posted on 03/08/2010

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Just be down there playing and singing with him. It will take time but he will get used to it and then it won't be so bad.

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