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Xtapolapocet May 8th, 2013 02:46 PM

Tummy Time: Impossible
Anyone else have a little one who screams bloody murder when put down for Tummy Time?

David will NOT do Tummy Time! We have tried everything. Every time he is put on his tummy, he screams incessantly. We are at our wits end and are worried about his physical development. He needs to build muscle strength in his upper body/torso, but he refuses to cooperate. Anyone else have this problem? If so, what do you do to cope?

Briar08 May 8th, 2013 03:07 PM

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Can you lay down flat and lay him on your chest? He may lift his head and shoulders if you talk to him so he can see your face.

Another thing, maybe a soft wedge type pillow? So he isnt flat on the floor.

Xtapolapocet May 8th, 2013 03:50 PM

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He still screams, cries and becomes so red in the face you'd think he was being to tortured (even on my chest or lap). We cannot get him to cooperate at all. The doctor discussed the issue with us, she feels it may be attributed to his acid reflux (he may be screaming because he isn't comfortable). It is so horrible listening to him, it breaks our hearts. You'd think something was attacking him with the type of screaming and crying he does with each attempt at Tummy Time.

We have not tried a wedge pillow. Have you tried one? If so, has it worked? This is really taking a toll on us because he really needs to do this buy he absolutely refuses. He just lays there screaming and kicking his legs. :-(

kbpeanut May 8th, 2013 05:04 PM

How about holding him upright on your chest in a char that reclines or rocks and slowly lean back? Just a little the first few times and once he is comfy with it, lean back more and more. We did this to get B more accustomed to it. He didn't scream but he complained a bit. Now he loves it!

MammaWannaBe May 8th, 2013 05:32 PM

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The only thing that worked with Vivi was to get this tummy time mat from kohls. It looks like a surf board and has padding to keep her chest up so her head isn't smushed into the floor. It also has little toys for her to push on and play with so she has something to do while on tummy time.

Honestly she started to liking it more when she was doing it on her own terms. She just started rolling back to tummy last week and ever since she is spending more and more time on her tummy pushing up and stuff. I was getting worried too but then bam, she's been doing just fine and progressing on her own.

Good luck mama!

mommysc2 May 8th, 2013 08:43 PM

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The only way Sophia will do tummy time is on her boppy but even that sometimes she won't. I also hold her over my shoulder a lot.

LilHerndon May 8th, 2013 10:05 PM

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Parker hates tummy time too. I can put him on a wedge pillow and he'll stay there for less than 5 minutes but then freaks out. I do it on my chest and he lasts a bit longer. Mostly I end up holding him upright on my shoulder and sitting him up between my legs or in his bumbo/infant seat to help build muscles. Also he has the beginnings of a bad flat head so he can't be laying down often so sitting up it is.

nursingmama May 8th, 2013 10:23 PM

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i dont even bother with tummy time anymore. Felix hates it and he has really good neck and upper body strength so I am not concerned. Leo (DS1) hated it also and he developed just fine. Felix will lay on my chest but he mostly falls asleep within 5 minutes of being put there. He gets held pretty much 24/7 because he is just soooo fussy so he doesnt really spend much time on his back either.

mal91011 May 9th, 2013 05:59 AM

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At daycare they often put an unbreakable mirror under them so they can be preoccupied with their own face and a lot of things going on around them.

mistletoe May 9th, 2013 08:57 AM

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Little Miss A hated tummy time until just the other week. The change came after I noticed her trying to pull her head forward when sitting in her car seat and then the carriage. It's as if overnight she suddenly developed the neck strength (and willingness -- she's stubborn) to be comfortable on her stomach. She won't do it forever, and after the first minute or two she pretty much lays her head down and tries to plow her upper body forward with the force of her legs while gripping her mat with her little fingernail claws, but it's something. So it might be that he just finds his moment to decide to go with it.

beamermarie May 9th, 2013 03:46 PM

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Mine hated it until about 3 months. Now she talks to the floor or blanket under her, and laughs. She is good for about 5 minutes and then gets upset. She won't roll over though, just screams.

Lil_Mama2B May 9th, 2013 05:09 PM

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I dont know if it will work for you but Alayna LOVES watching tv, so I put her down where she can see the tv if she lifts her head. Started out for about 5 min at a time, now she will stay down there for entire episodes without fussing!

LilHerndon May 9th, 2013 10:22 PM

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Parker loves TV too lol! I put him in his bumbo-like chair (the one that has toys around it) on the floor and instead of playing with the toys he watches TV lol! He's just like his momma and loves HGTV. ;) I realize this probably is not a good thing, but for a little while a day so I can get something done I'll do what I have to lol.

Hoping4bby May 10th, 2013 06:45 PM

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We just got back from the doctors office and they were saying the recommended amount of tummy time is 10-15 min 3x a day...that sounds like an awful lot. We need to do more...Kingston loves it but we haven't been doing it nearly that much!

Briar08 May 11th, 2013 11:18 AM

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We used a wedge, but now we roll a blanket into a long log and tuck it under his chest and arms for support.

lovelyenchanted May 11th, 2013 03:25 PM

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Lauryn does NOT like tummy time. Sometimes I can get her to do it for a few minutes, but does the same screaming act. SOmetimes I'll use a boppy, sometimes not.

We put her over our shoulders a lot, use the bumbo or the boppy to sit up, and she enjoys her jumperoo. I was worried about the upper body/neck strength for a while too, but she does just fine now. She will even try to pull up to a sort of standing position with her arms when she in our laps. She wants to see and do everything! Daycare tells me all the time that they think she's trying to skip being a baby and wants to go straight to being a "big girl".

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