Post # 1
Any tips on making Tummy Time a little easier? My 8-week-old daughter hates it, and admittedly isn’t very good at it. She’s probably close to 13 pounds by now, and I fear that the more she weighs, the harder it may be for her to develop arm and upper back strength.
Any advice? Many thanks.
Post # 3
I always have our girls do their baby’s tummy time in the morning when they do praise & worship.
The baby’s generally like the music and adjust quicker than if they do it when other more “boring” things are going on.
When they start they girls (mommas) will get down there with them and sing to them like that… then as baby gets better & more adjusted to it, baby’s just fine down there while the girls are sitting on the couch, etc.
I think it’s pretty normal for babies to get frustrated at first BUT it’s that frustration that prompts them to start building strength and holding themselves up and starting to scooch so as long as she’s okay I’d just try and talk her through it, sing to her, distract her, etc. =)
Post # 4
@runsyellowlites: I definitely agree with talking, singing and using distraction during tummy time. Babies just get frustrated with tummy time at first, because they don’t have any mobility or strength. You’ll see her get frustrated like this again when she first starts trying to crawl.
I used to put Addie on the couch, and then I’d sit on the floor next to her. I’d read to her, or do fingers games or play with puppets. We also used to break tummy time into three chunks a day, so she didn’t have to do tummy time all in one long chunk.
Post # 6
@eurekaanchovies: Try putting a mirror in front of her or to the side of her so she can see herself move. You could also try propping her up with the boppy so she is at more of an angle until she gains more head and neck control when laying flat.
Post # 7
I second the mirror. Ours hated tummy time so much I bought a cheap tummy time mat at WalMart that come with a few toys, mirror and a small kidney-shaped pillow to put under her chest. Helped A LOT!
Post # 8
I’m sure I won’t win any mom awards for this, but my son hated tummy time with such a passion that I didn’t have the heart to force him to do it. First off he had a really big head (basically off the chart for his age lol) so it was too heavy for him to lift it. I figured tummy time is a fairly recent phenomenon, and I don’t know of any human beings who never learned to lift their heads ( I don’t have any friends or family members with a limp neck due to lack of tummy time) so I didn’t force it and he eventually came around to it on his own. 🙂
Post # 9
my son has always hated tummy time too 🙁 he would only last a minute or two and then would start screaming in frustration. i didn’t have the heart to let him cry for more than a few seconds…
try doing tummy time on a bed. my mom was doing that with him daily when i went back to work and he went from lasting 1-2 mins to 15 mins and is better at TT on the floor bc of it (he’s 4 months now). i think the soft boyancy of the bed makes it a bit easier for them. or, if you’re on the floor wedge a boppy or small pillow/plushy toy under his upper body — creates a similar effect…
Post # 10
Start off very slowly and add a bit of time everyday. Also, get down on the ground with them so they aren’t bored. You can also start by them being on their tummy on your chest etc. They’ll like it more. These are some tips we give parents 🙂
Post # 11
@StaceyMay81: Babies used to sleep on their tummies though, and that got them off their backs. I think that is the big difference now. Babies are always on their backs so now they all need tummy time to avoid flat heads. And about the mommy award, I gave up on getting one years ago…I never qualified for one!
My babies have all hated tummy time, but I would do it for a few minutes at a time throughout the day. They would scream almost the whole time!
Post # 12
@35thannidaughter: A temporary flat spot wouldn’t be the end of the world for me. It didn’t take him that long to get into tummy time, I just didn’t force it, but instead gave it a try every once in awhile and one day he finally didn’t scream and just popped his head up.
I don’t think he really knew what he was supposed to do prior to that and I figured sitting there screaming into a pillow with his face planted in it wasn’t exactly developing his neck muscles either.
Post # 13
I second varying the time & place you do tummy time.
We use the boppy, mats, the couch, put him on our chests while we lay down, etc. The boppy & our chests work best, I think because he isn’t as prone to spitting up or having other tummy troubles in those positions. We only do it for a few minutes at a time, whenever he seems in a good enough mood & he’s alert enough, so usually it happens a few times a day and we end it as soon as he starts fussing, so it’s not forced by any means.
Post # 14
What exactly is tummy time? I’m not a prospective mother etc but I’ve never heard this term before
Post # 15
@OrchidsandCandles: Tummy Time is when babies are placed on their tummy to encourage them to start holding their heads up on their own. It helps them develop their neck/back/leg muscles and also helps prevent flat spots on their heads like PP’s mentioned. Babies spend a lot of time on their backs, so Tummy Time gives them a chance to be in a new position and see the world from a new perspective.