A.B. asks from Osage Beach, MO on July 07, 2008
4 Month Old Having Trouble with Tummy Time
My beautiful little girl HATES tummy time. So much so that all she does is cry. I have brought many different tummy time pads, from the surf one to the jungle one, to try and get her interested in something. But nothing works. When I get her calmed down she just lays there. Now we are to the point that the dc is worried that she doesn't have enough strength in her arms and neck for her age. We are just at a loss and wonder if there are any tricks that we can try.
L.M. answers from St. Louis on July 13, 2008
My son hated to be on his stomach because his head was so big and he couldn't hold it up. I only put him on his tummy for a few minutes at a time because he either cried or just put his head down. Well, he weighed 10 pounds when he was born! He did EVERYTHING late - rolled over, sat up, crawled, walked,talked, you name it! He's 14 now, 6'3" and is a baseball pitcher, plays quarterback in football, and center in basketball.
C.M. answers from Kansas City on July 08, 2008
I didn't read all of the responses but we put a paper towel roll under my daughters chest which helped prop her up. She didn't like tummy time either. But it got better the older she got.
A.C. answers from Kansas City on July 08, 2008
My son hates tummy time also. He will only spend a max of two minutes on his tummy. He is now almost five months old and here is what we did. When I did get him on his tummy, I laid in front of him and made faces at him and anything that would stimulate him. I wanted him to lift his head up to see me. He recently learned to roll over from his back to his stomach (which is weird because most kids go from their stomach to back first and the back to stomach is more difficult). Learning to do this first was great because it was more difficult, plus he couldn't learn the other way because I hardly ever had him on his stomach. Now he rolls over and gets stuck on his stomach. I let him fuss for about a minute and then roll him back over. The fussing is kind of good for him because this is how he will learn to roll back over. I do help him roll back over and show him each time.
There is a great toy that we do use for tummy time that makes it much better. It does both time on their back and time on their tummy. It is Playskool Tummy Time Together Gym. You can order one at playskool.com. It has been the best toy we have had. He prefers this over all other toys and it is great. I never travel without it.
G.N. answers from St. Louis on July 07, 2008
You can always lay down on your back and put her on your tummy and have a couple of toys and talk to her and put them a little out of reach so she has to reach for them, it dont matter if she is on the floor or on your tummy to do tummy time. You can always lay her on the floor and lay down in front of her on your tummy so your facing her and take a toy and put it just out of reach kind of above her but still so she can see it so she has to lift her head to reach for it.
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C.L. answers from Kansas City on July 08, 2008
Have you tried just propping her up on a boppy? My youngest son didn't care much for the play mats etc... He liked to sit up on the boppy and feel bigger, or lay n the floor looking at the car or his big brother.... But he also only wanted to be on his tummy never on his back! LOL Try laying her across your lap, or propping her up on one of your legs so that she can kind of sit up more with her hands on your leg... Good Luck!
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K.C. answers from Kansas City on July 08, 2008
Have you tried a sling? Slings are supposed to work the same muscles as tummy time, and in some ways are better, because as you walk, she has to readjust and is moving the muscles. My girls didn't like tummy time much either, but I carried them both in a sling quite a bit and they did just fine, hitting milestones at appropriate ages (both walking before a year). Plus, it's very handy, getting quality time with your kiddo while still getting things done.
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B.A. answers from St. Louis on July 08, 2008
I don't know any tricks, but I do know that I have two children who I did not really do tummy time with. I was really bad about it. Both of them hated it as well, and I just didn't want to put both of us through that. My daughter was running before she was a year old. My son, well, it took forever for him to even crawl. The only suggestion I would recommend is to lie on the floor and put her on your belly facing you. I think that's the ony thing I did.
K.S. answers from Columbia on July 08, 2008
My son also hated it, but we prevailed. Just try to do it for 5 minutes (more or less) a few times a day. Eventually, she will start to like it. A friend of mine's little boy never liked it either so they stopped doing it as much. He ended up having problems because he never had the opportunity to develop those mucsles and had to have a little therapy at home.
Just keep trying and eventually those muscles will strenghten and she will love it. Make sure you get down there with her. Another tip... try laying flat on your back and letting her do some tummy time laying on top of you. She will be happier there while building confidence and strength.
J.C. answers from Kansas City on July 08, 2008
My first daughter hated it too. We just stopped doing it. She never crawled, but was an early walker. So definitely don't stress yourself out about it. She'll be fine no matter what.
With my second, we layed her on the floor for as long as she seemed comfortable. At first, that was literally about 5 seconds, but we kept trying it several times a day (with and without a boppy and various play mats) and eventually she was fine with it for longer & longer. She also had acid reflux, which may have contributed to her unhappiness about lying on the floor. Just be sensitive to her cries-- if you got heartburn every time you layed on your stomach, you wouldn't want your caregiver to ignore your cries or try to make you stick it out, would you? Just keep trying several times a day, be sensitive to her needs, and eventually she'll be fine with it.
N.H. answers from Wichita on July 08, 2008
try laying her on your lap on her tummy or laying on the floor on your back and then lay her on your tummy. Either way she has to lift her head to look you in the face.
B.B. answers from Kansas City on July 08, 2008
I am right there with you. My son is 3 months. He hated it too. What I did was instead of 20 minutes at once I broke it down to 5 minutes four times a day. He liked that much better and within the first couple of days he was lifting his head and staying up on his arms. Yesterday he actually rolled over from his tummy to his back. The best part is he loves tummy time now. Hope this can help you.