baby dislikes bordering on HATES tummy time!

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Risstopher's picture
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baby dislikes bordering on HATES tummy time!

Kyla really doesn't enjoy tummy time - im afraid of what may happen if she doesnt do it enough.

a few times she has done it, no problem - lifted her head and it was great, but most of the time she just squirms and starts whining... and then she cries and i get scared so i pick her up right away.

does anyone else have this experience with baby?

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A LOT of babies hate tummy time at this age. Just remember that she doesn't necessarily have to be laying flat on the floor. If you have a boppy or something similar, you could prop her up so that her chest and arms are elevated, if that makes sense. You can also just spend time with her on your chest while you are slightly reclined. That will still encourage her to lift her head and strengthen her back muscles. I think they get frustrated and upset because they can't see much when flat on the floor. I will often put Callie on her tummy over the boppy on the couch and I sit on the floor so we are eye-to-eye. I would start out doing tummy time for just a minute or two at a time. They usually seem to start to enjoy it a little better once they can get on their tummy by themselves. Hope this helps! Definitely don't stress over it!:D

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Sometimes you can distract them with toys for awhile before they realize what's going on! Lol!

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I agree with Natalie. Its an age thing, and there are ways to get her more used to it. Another thing I wonder, does she have acid reflux? That can cause some pain while the are flat on their tummy. Also, when are you putting her on her belly? try to avoid doing it just after she eats a bunch. Kellen gets upset some when I put him down for tummy time. Since I know its not an actual pain issue, I leave him there for a bit, even if he is fussy. I know it sounds mean, but if there's nothing near his face to make it so he cant breathe, hes fine. The extra frustration can be just a sign that they are trying to do something they haven't figured out yet... and how do they learn if you immediately pick them up?

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Tummy time is really just a modern thing to keep babies off their backs and out of contraptions that has them laying down one way. Zoe hates it. I think it's been over a week since I tried it last with her! I have zero concerns. She spends lots of time in baby carriers which does count for "tummy time" since it helps them with their neck, head, and truck control.

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thanks ladies! love this board for the support

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I don't do tummy time and didn't with Kostas either. Just a lot of holding and wearing and letting them lay on the floor when they are in the mood (and their backs). Didn't negatively affect Kostas at all, in fast he was a very early roller, crawler and walker.

I wouldn't worry about it. As long as she's not spending allllll day in plastic contraptions, she will hit all her milestones when she's ready Smile

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As soon as I put Gideon on his tummy he either immediately rolls onto his back or flips out so now I just let him lay on his back and look around or play on his mat and he's trying to roll to his tummy...go figure! Lol! He's almost got it to. He rolls on his side but just can't get that extra momentum he needs to make it all the way just yet.

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My pediatrician told me that just laying on your chest counts as tummy time so we do that a lot. He loves to be able to make the eye contact with me when he's laying on top of me. Just make sure she's wearing a bib because at this age, they become little drool machines.

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Zoe has refused tummy time up until a week ago. She figured out how to roll from her back to her belly then. Today she figured out rolling from belly to back and by tonight was trying to figure out how to roll to get someplace (made it 3 feet!). *sigh* But yeah, tummy time is suddenly cool. Go figure.