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    Default How to encourage tummy time

    My son is 7 weeks and doesn't seem to like tummy time at all. Not too sure if its normal. I put him on a playmat which is on carpet and I feel its rather hard surface, should I add another layer of quilt?

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    try laying down or laying back in a comfy chair, and have baby lay on your chest. much nicer for both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by springrose View Post
    My son is 7 weeks and doesn't seem to like tummy time at all. Not too sure if its normal. I put him on a playmat which is on carpet and I feel its rather hard surface, should I add another layer of quilt?
    My DS hated it too, screamed the house down, he used to throw himself around & rolled a couple of times (total fluke!) just persist with it & do it often, we had reflux added in so had to time it not too close to a feed cause he'd just throw up... Try on your knees & lie down and put him on your chest... Just try often, eventually he'll be strong enough to last!


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    I bought a little rocking mirror toy from Kmart. Best money I ever spent as it made DS1 start to enjoy tummy time as he wanted to look at himself all the time. It's a fisher price toy and shaped like a crab.

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    Maybe a rolled up cloth nappy or hand towel under his armpits/chest to prop him up and a mirror in front of him. I love what another person suggested about laying on your back and putting him on his tummy on your chest. Tummy time can also include holding him face down in your arms while you go for a little walk around the house or over your knees. My little one loved laying on her tummy over my knees to watch our dog run around.

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    You can carry him on his tummy, hard to describe, but place him on your forearm with your hand at between his legs and his head near your bent elbow. Another way is carry him face out, his back against your chest, both hands across his tummy/hips and as his head control gets better you can tip him slightly forwards.

    Also as someone else suggested lay him on your chest and talk/sing to him so he lifts his head to look at you.

    Every nappy change pop him on his tummy for a minute or 2, give him a luttle back rub, sing to him etc. It doesn't have to be for long.

    Lots of different ways to add it to his routine, goodluck.

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    We do the same we put her on our chest a few times each day though if we do it too soon after a feed we get vomited on! Also have been putting her on bed or on a play gym mat.

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    After I changed DD's nappy I would put her in her cot on her tummy whilst I went to wash my hands. It took less than a minute each time but it was little bits and often and it worked really well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles10 View Post
    try laying down or laying back in a comfy chair, and have baby lay on your chest. much nicer for both of you.
    This dd3 hated tummy time

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    Also try starting him on his back, holding his feet or legs and pushing them up so his knees are bent (like legs scrunched up towards his tummy) and rock him from side to side. Rock his whole body whilst singing or doing something to make him giggle, then gradually increase the pause on his side with each rock, and take him slightly further each time. Do this for a minute or two before rolling him over onto his tummy.

    This sort of movement helps him feels where his body is in relation to the floor and gives his brain some proprioceptive feedback in preparation for the change in gravity (ie gravity pulling down through his body towards his tummy instead of towards his back as usual)

    Good luck OP, don't feel bad persisting even if it upsets him a little, it really is good for him!


 

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