Help with tummy time pls

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  1. rainbow girl

    rainbow girl Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering how your LO's are doing with tummy time? My LO is 4 months old and really doesn't like being on his tummy at all. I try to put him on his tummy a couple of times a day but he really struggles to keep his head off the play mat and moans and groans like he is doing weights iin the gym! His head and neck control is excellent when sitting upright. i'm just a bit worried about why he cant seem to manage to lift his head well while on his tummy. Anyone else experiencing the same issue? Anyone have any tips on how to improve his strength in this position?
    Thanks in advance:flower:
     
  2. lauren10

    lauren10 1 DD, 1 angel & pregnant!

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    My lo hated tummy time until she could roll on her own. Just keep practicing and he'll gain strength. Try enticing him to pick his head up by putting a toy or a mirror in front of him.
     
  3. smokey

    smokey Mummy to a monkey

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    Tummy time doesnt have to be just laying down on a mat, having them on your chest counts as well.
    I think having them on your chest while your layed back is much better for some babies because they are more likely to try lifting their head so they can look at you and they feel more interactive plus its brilliant for bonding and chatting with them and pulling faces :)
    Give that a try, theres plenty of time later for them to learn independantly on the floor and this way can be better and more enjoyable for you both. :)
     
  4. Gen79

    Gen79 Well-Known Member

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    https://www.askbaby.com/baby-crawling.htm

     
  5. N1kki

    N1kki Guest

    having them on the floor,bed,soft areas,your lap,your chest are areas i have my LO,he is 10 weeks holding his head up and alwasy doing the half press up position in all the places i've just mentioned hes a very strong baby.dont force LO their take their time,and be up and going in no time :)
     
  6. shellie82

    shellie82 Well-Known Member

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    my lo is nearly 7 months old and still hates tummy time! he can roll back to front then cries because he cant seem to get back again, whenever i put him on his tummy he cries aswell
     
  7. nicole_

    nicole_ Aidy's Mummy

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    i do like 2 mins on the floor with a mirror to look at so he wants to lift his head and he does it on my tummy for quite a few hours a day, i just let him lie on me after every feed and watch a film or something and hes always lifting his head

    what age are they meant to be able to hold their head?? aidys 5 weeks old and really good at it so i thought by 4 months he'd definately be holding it up with no problems!
     
  8. rainbow girl

    rainbow girl Well-Known Member

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    I guess every baby is different Luca manages it fairly well when lying on me but he hates being on his tummy on the floor etc. Will just keep practising and will check with my hv to make sure he's physically ok. That's a really good link you posted Gen79, thanks for all your tips everyone xx
     
  9. leash27

    leash27 Mummy of 2

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    Max would not tolerate any tummy time at all until a few weeks ago so we never forced it. However, since he has started reaching out to grab his toys, we tried tummy time again and started putting toys in front of him to try and entice him to lift his head lol. It seems to be working too, he was attempting little mini push ups yesterday! I am not sure he is ready to roll our anything yet but I can live with that, I suppose he will do it when he is ready!

    x
     
  10. punk_pig

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    My LO hated it till suddenly she didn't, I dont think it is always related to whether they can lift their head but more whether they want to. My LO's been doing TT sucessfully for two months but this week because she has a cough she has gone straight back to planting her face on the floor and whinging!!
     
  11. my LO is the same I put toys infront of him now and hes tarting to like it
     
  12. blinkybaby

    blinkybaby Well-Known Member

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    Louie still isn't a fan of tummy time. I have a nursing pillow though and I lay him over that (so I kind of put it under his armpits), which makes him more comfortable and I can get him to stay like that for maybe 3 or 4 minutes before he gets grouchy.xxx
     
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    bumpy_j Well-Known Member

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    my LO absolutely hated tummy time, today i bought a tiny love tummy time mat and he spent around 5 minutes on his tummy - a personal record cos he normally wont last more than 30 secs so was worth the purchase
     
  14. SmileyShazza

    SmileyShazza I'm a mum!

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    Jack really wasn't liking tummy time at all. His head control was really good when sat up on my lap or when he is laying on our chests and is lifting his head to look around or at us it was just when lying on his tummy.

    I then brought a Bright Starts Tummy Time mat. It has a kind of play mat with a cushion that you rest their chest on which encourages them to lift their heads up. Since I brought that he has got so much better and now he is doing really well when we have tummy time :)

    I'm going to try putting a toy in front of him as well to encourage him even further :)
     
  15. blondey

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    I posted about tummy time earlier actually as it has got increasingly hard with Ava-Mae but tonight I tried with a rolled up towel under her and she lasted about 8 minutes which is about 3 times longer than she normally does!

    xx
     
  16. rainbow girl

    rainbow girl Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all your replies will keep perservering with it and hopefully he will 'get it' eventually! Parenthood can be stressful eh? Im always worrying about something or other!!! x
     
  17. Jellycat

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    Our lo hated tummy time when younger so spent alot of his time on our chests. We placed him on the mat each day and tried to keep his interest being on the floor with him.

    Once he learnt to roll he didn't mind being on his tummy.

    Don't force them and as soon as they get upset stop . One day they will just be ok with it and like it, have faith it will happen :)
     
  18. cissyhope

    cissyhope Pregnant with no 2

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    Id never even heard of tummy time till on came on B&B!!! tummy time bla bla bla! as if there isnt enough to worry about eh! My Lo didnt like tummy time at all but was crawling by 6half months so please dont worry,your Lo may or may not enjoy tummy time x
     
  19. mommyB

    mommyB 2 boys and a girl

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    Adrian hated tummy time until he could roll. He has even just started sleeping on his tummy at naps and nighttime. He actually sleeps better on his stomach than he does on his back now. And when we are playing on his blanket he is 90% of the time on his tummy. I started putting his toys in front of him a little out of reach and he would keep reaching for them.
     

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