Tummy Time Trama

Jamie - posted on 03/19/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )




My 7 week old still hates his tummy time. I've tried all sorts of tricks to encourage him and make it better, but he still screams. He's to the point where he won't even try to pick up his head when he's down there. He can hold his head up when being held, but can't quite pick it up on his own. Any advice?


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Jennifer - posted on 03/21/2009




Maybe put a heating pad on the floor first to warm up the blanket and put lots of toys and things to look at. Sometimes the screams are just his way to work out frustrations. Maybe go get him checked out at the Dr. just incase.

Mel - posted on 03/19/2009




my daughter was like that she couldnt pull her head up either it took her ages to get the hang of it and all the professionals insist on keep on doing it my daughter would scream. i think babies will do what they want to do at their own time my baby is 11 months and now loves being on her tummy she spends hardly any time on her back (she cant sit up yet). babies do things in their own time. if you want to help him a bit like others im sure have suggested use a pillow to prop him up

User - posted on 03/19/2009




try putting him on a boppy pillow...my little man is 6 weeks old...and that's the only way he'll do "some" tummy time...if i just lay him flat...it's not happening!!  hope it helps.

Ashley - posted on 03/19/2009




my son hated his tummy time but one day we were at his pediatricians office and she put him on his tummy in front of a big mirror they have on the wall and he loved that so now i put him in front of a mirror or on my chest on his tummy and he looks at me and loves it. he is now sitting very well with little support, and is holding his head awesome:)

Joanna - posted on 03/19/2009




My daughter didn't like tummy time on the floor, but she did like when I put her on her tummy on my bed and laid down so our faces were close.

Tiffany C, I didn't know there was a condition like that. Thanks for sharing!

Danica - posted on 03/19/2009




My son hated tummy time and still does at 8.5 months. Our solution was to lay with him on our chest, like someone else said. That way he had a loving face to look into when he lifted his head. It's a great way for Daddy to bond with baby too :)

Tiffany - posted on 03/19/2009




Hi Jamie, I had the same issue with my now 3.5 yr. old son and when he was about 2 months old our Pediatrician noticed that he seemed to have a condition called Torticollus which is when one side of the baby's neck muscles are extremely tight and it is hurtful for them to be on their tummy and lifting the head. My suggestion is to pay particular attention to your son and watch to see if he turns his head easily to each side. He may even tilt his head to one side (the side the muscles are tight)....Anyway, if all else fails, ask your Pediatrician about it Torticollus. I had to perform specific neck streches on my son to resolve it and it worked great and he didn't fight his tummy time any more. Best wishes to you.

Lana - posted on 03/19/2009




My son hates tummy time too. he just recently decided it is ok to be on his tummy to play but only for about 10 min.  He is 6 months and refuses to roll over ( he has done it but not anymore)  he doesn't like tummy time and just doesnt want to do it. 

Dont worry about it, they will reach the milestones when they are ready.  My oldest did everything early and now my second is doing them late and out of order (he sits up without help but not rolling over)  I have to remind myself to just be supportive and that each baby is different and will get there in their own time. 

  (I have a feeling this one is going to be one that can't be pushed. when he is older, he is going to only do things when HE decides it is time) 

Christine - posted on 03/19/2009




Just keep trying. Have you tried him laying on your belly so you are belly to belly? He may not like the coldness of the floor or it might just be a wee bit overwhelming for him.

Emily - posted on 03/19/2009




Awww. my oldest hated being on her tummy but I don't remember it being that bad. Maybe as he gets stronger he'll hate it less and less. Hopefully someone with a similar experience will be able to post some encouraging words.

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