my son is 14.5weeks and hates tummy time... when he is put on his tummy he gets frustrated and screams so he hasnt got the strength in his arms to push up because he doesn't get the practice. also hes not even close to looking like he's going to roll over...
i know every baby is different but shouldn't he be doing this stuff by now? or at least starting to try to do it?
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11-09-2012 11:49 #1
11-09-2012 11:57 #2
My dd (17 weeks) is only just rolling. I found putting her in the front pack strengthened her neck muscles which helped with the pushing up of the arms. She is not a fan of tummy time either.
11-09-2012 11:57 #3
My ds was the same, hated tummy time. I ended up getting a tummy time mat (big w and target have them). He last a lot longer on that then flat on the floor. You could also try just putting him on your tummy whilst laying down.
11-09-2012 13:15 #4Senior Member
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I have never known a baby to like tummy time. Use balls, rattle toys and toys that make noise and place them infront of the baby to encourage tummy time play and reaching. Get down with them and play peek a boo with a favourite stuffed toy etc. The trick is to entertain them and much as you can so they stay there and strengthen their neck/back/arm muscles. Instead of doing it once a day, do tummy time for a shorter period of time 3 times a day so all the time adds up. As a parent you can judge when they are genuinely upset and when they are frustrated. It is essential that these muscles are strengthened so if they are easily frustrated (eg almost straight away) play with them to take their mind off it. Good luck
11-09-2012 13:17 #5
DD hated tummy time until a couple of weeks ago (Shes just turned 7mo)! We mostly did tummy time on my belly, which she would tolerate some days... I think her hate of being on her tummy was the motivation behind learning to roll over fairly early lol! She has been able to roll both ways for a couple of months now but would only roll onto her tummy to quickly grab a toy then roll straight back off!
I think the only reason she's playing on her tummy now is that shes focused on crawling atm! Once she masters that I reckon it'll be straight off the tummy again... it can be frustrating, I think she's still a little weaker in her arms than other babies at mums club, but she's more advanced in other ways. Each baby grows differently don't stress too much he'll roll over when he's ready to.
11-09-2012 13:51 #6
Have you tried putting a rolled up towel under her chest? Thats supposed to help for babies who hate tummy time. My DS doesn't mind it, and he's only rolled over half a dozen times over the last 6 weeks, and he's 20.5 weeks. As much as she hates it, practice makes perfect.
11-09-2012 17:56 #7
My DD hated it as well and I babywear her a lot which I heard has similar effects to strenghting their core, she rolled at 4 months whether this helped or not - who knows! It seems they all do things at their own pace!
11-09-2012 18:03 #8
Tummy time isn't a required thing that needs to happen
Being held upright either in arms or in a baby carrier also count towards 'tummy time'. Anything that counts towards strengthening neck/back muscles is fine. My 3 boys have ALL hated tummy time, so i've never bothered to do it, though they were/are worn upright in baby carriers a lot, they all developed perfectly normally
As for rolling, it's not at all an important milestone. Some babies will roll, others won't, it's no biggie. My DD was rolling literally from one side of a room to the other, at just 12 weeks old. My DS1 didn't roll (either way) until *after* he could already walk, at 12 months old. DS2 started rolling around after he could crawl at 10 months and DS3 is 6 months old and not rolling yet
Don't stress about it, all sounds perfectly fine and normal to me!
11-09-2012 18:05 #9
My DD is 7 months next week and only started rolling from back to tummy about 3-4 weeks ago! Has roller from tummy to back once and that's it, I wouldn't worry too much, she didn't really like tummy time either that much but now she gets there herself and loves it
11-09-2012 18:08 #10
My DS hated tummy time too. I bought a little mirror toy from Kmart and after that he was happier to be on his belly. He love looking at himself in the mirror!
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