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April 22nd, 2013, 05:16 PM
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When did you start tummy time and for how long? DH asked if I was doing this with Avery each day but I just don't think she stays awake long enough to get anything out of it yet.
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April 22nd, 2013, 05:18 PM
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I started it after DS was able to hold his head up for longer periods. I can't remember what age that was. But it seemed like maybe 3 months old? I don't think it's critical in the very beginning, more when they are becoming more inquisitive and taking notice of their surroundings more...don't quote me on that though, lol.
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April 22nd, 2013, 05:27 PM
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See I was thinking about waiting at least until she's awake more than an hour a day. My mom was here yesterday telling me to make sure I put her on her tummy so she doesn't get a flat head and webmd had an article mentioning the same thing. I'm just not comfortable doing it yet.
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April 22nd, 2013, 05:34 PM
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My pedi said to start tummy time at two weeks. I think we started with 5 min of tummy time a day, maybe twice a day, and eventually worked up to longer intervals when he was older. Check with your pedi for guidelines. You definitely want to start early to prevent flat head and to start strengthening her neck muscles. You should also change her position in the crib or bassinett periodically. Always keep her on her back, but put her head where her feet were every other week.

My son had torticollis (diagnosed at 2 months) and it was then I truly learned the importance of tummy time and alternating positions in the crib. We had a situation of a flat spot on one side of his head. I was told he may need a helmet ($2,000-$3,000 and not covered by insurance, mind you. Not to mention the emotional toll) Fortunately, with my vigilance of tummy time and positioning we were able to nip it in the bud. I am a huge advocate of tummy time now, given what we went through!

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April 22nd, 2013, 05:34 PM
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Right now you are probably holding her so much and feeding her all the time that I really wouldn't worry about her getting a flat head. I can't remember exactly when we started tummy time but I know it was when their necks were a bit stronger, maybe around 6 weeks.
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April 22nd, 2013, 05:47 PM
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I can't remember, but he hated every second of it until he was 4 or 5 months. The first time he didn't flip out was in the pediatrician's office and she asked if he was being lazy... he picked his head up and gave her the stink-eye.
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April 22nd, 2013, 05:50 PM
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I can't remember, but he hated every second of it until he was 4 or 5 months. The first time he didn't flip out was in the pediatrician's office and she asked if he was being lazy... he picked his head up and gave her the stink-eye.
That actually made me laugh out loud for real. Her first pedi appt is Friday so I'll talk to her as well and see what she suggests.
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April 22nd, 2013, 05:54 PM
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Yes, they don't like tummy time much but it is so important.
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April 22nd, 2013, 06:42 PM
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I usually do when they hold their head better and are interested in it. Maybe 2-3 months or so. I wouldn't worry about it yet. She's still so new and little and just a touch early, so I'd just enjoy the snuggles!
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April 22nd, 2013, 07:28 PM
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I want to say it was around 4-6 weeks. I know I was still home on leave and I know she freaking hated it. She never learned to like tummy time. Cracks me up because she almost exclusively sleeps on her tummy now. Must be making up for all that tummy time she refused as an infant.
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April 22nd, 2013, 07:34 PM
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I remember starting when DS was itty bitty by just laying him on his tummy over my theighs while I patted his back or laying him on his tummy over the Boppy while talking to him.
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April 23rd, 2013, 11:40 AM
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At this age, tummy time can include laying on your belly/chest while you are laying down, being worn upright in a wrap/sling, and being placed on your knees while patted. All of those things help with muscle control and the prevention of flat heads. But really, as long as you are moving her in a variety of positions (aka: she isn't sitting in a carseat, swing, or crib 24-7), she is getting the necessary muscular work-out needed for right now. I think tummy time is something that most docs want to see happening by 6 weeks or so (when baby is more alert).
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