A.B. asks from Cleveland, OH on September 22, 2008
3Month Old Hates Being on Tummy
I just wanted to know if any other moms had this experience. He screams really bad, and I have tried to do it at different times of the day. He love to sit up and can lift his head and his chest. My daughter loved being on her tummy. I am sure that he is on track.
M.B. answers from Dayton on September 23, 2008
My kids hated their tummy. Like someone else said, once they could roll it wasn't as big of a deal any more.
S.C. answers from Cincinnati on September 23, 2008
My almost 8 month old daughter hated to be on her tummy as well. It didnt matter when or where I would put her there, she would just cry and cry. Once she was able to roll over, being on her tummy was no big deal. As a matter of fact, she likes to sleep on belly now!
S.R. answers from Toledo on September 23, 2008
Every baby is different. I wouldn't worry about his refusal to be on his tummy. If he can sit up already by himself, he is ahead of where my girls were at that age :) PS, you might want to update your "a little about me" it is sooo hard to remember to do that lol
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J.C. answers from Cleveland on September 23, 2008
Hi A.! My baby hated it too! She would much prefer to be sitting in a bouncy chair or swin, or propped up on the couch. I guess some kids just don't like that position. It's not exactly a comfortable position if you get down on the floor and try it. If he is holding his head up well and has some control, I'm sure he is just fine. I wouldn't worry about it. May be he just plain isn't comfortable that way. Have a great day!
M.G. answers from Cleveland on September 24, 2008
I have twin girls who are currently 7 months old and up until a couple months ago they HATED tummy time! I was so worried that they would not build up their muscles to develope properly.
There are alot of other ways you can make tummy time better rather than just laying him on his tummy. You already stated he sits up and hold his head up with asistance. While holding him in your lap lay him tummy down across your legs. While laying back in a reclined postion, place him on your chest or stomach. While carrying him, hold him tummy down on one of your arms with his head by your elbow and your hand between his legs.
Don't try to lay him down on his stomach after he has just eaten, that can be uncomfortable. The best time to try is right after a diaper change (so there is no bladder discomfort either). If he is on the ground, get down on his level and talk to him. Despite his protest, keep trying for very short intervals from day to day (do not force him though if he starts crying). Evetually you will find him tolerating it and then even liking it. It might take months, but you'll get there.
My girls now love tummy time and it even helps sooth them at times nothing else seems to work. They are strong and have not been effected by the early tummy time they missed.
J.R. answers from Cincinnati on September 23, 2008
My daughter was not big on being on her tummy either. She eventually grew out of this as I would position her on the boppy pillow . She is big for laying on her left side. Is it too close to finishing from getting fed?
J.F. answers from Columbus on September 23, 2008
Mine hated it. It helped to let him do a little tummy time on my tummy and to do it in short spurts. He grew out of it but you have to keep practicing so they can build those baby muscles for crawling and squirming.
D.B. answers from Cincinnati on September 23, 2008
My 4 1/2-month-old granddaughter hated it a month ago, too; but now I just caught her sleeping on her tummy, and when I lay her down on her back, she immediately rolls over, and likes her tummy now. It's fun to watch the changes.
M.E. answers from Terre Haute on September 23, 2008
My son was the same way. He held his head up with no problems but absolutely hated tummy time. Just be sure to give him time several times daily, even if it's for just a few minutes each time. Get down with him and engage him. My son got over this around four months and now at 5 months prefers to be on his belly and is even trying his hardest to start crawling.
H.H. answers from Cincinnati on September 23, 2008
Hi, A. -
Well, we considered "tummy time" our own personal punishment because our daughter HATED it! It's important for them to have to build their strength, using those arm and leg muscles, and experience different kinds of stimuli, so we were disciplined about making sure she got tummy time at least once a day. But it was definitely no fun for anyone. Take heart... by around 6 months, he'll be starting to sit and all this will be a thing of the past. For now, though, I think it's still important to do for him.