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What should I do if my baby cries during tummy time?

crying when it is tummy time, does not wanted to be on her time at all. i donot know what to do. i just go a gym thing that is made by leap frog and that worked for like 5 mins and then we were back to cring bc she did not wanted to be on her tummy if anyone can help me please write back thank so very much....


Asked by Anonymous at 10:52 PM on Jul. 15, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Babies hate tummy time. They can't see anything except the floor. HOWEVER, you know it's good for her, that she needs the exercise of holding up her head and trying to hold up her body. Get down on the ground with her. Lay on your tummy, facing her and dangle a toy between you. Make funny faces, sing silly songs, even read books to her... anything to get her to hold up her head and chest. Try to think of it in "veggies are good for you so eat them" terms.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:05 AM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • None of my 3 children enjoyed tummy time. In fact, they all screamed and wanted to be flipped back over! I would give them tummy time a few minutes at a time, a few times a day. I would get on the floor with them and sing or talk or clap my hands and try to get them to look at me. You can also lay on the floor or the bed and put the baby on *your* tummy and try it that way.
    Good luck!

    Answer by IndianaMom03 at 11:12 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • My son did the same thing. I ended up just doing it for 2-3 minutes at a time, a couple times a day. They get so used to being on their backs, that it just makes them cranky. the more you do it, a little at a time, will make it better. She will eventually get used to it, but you basically have to grin and bear it!! He is 7 months old now, and LOVES being on his tummy. He really didnt enjoy it till about the end of his 5th month--when he could really roll on his tummy by himself.

    Answer by LoveJake128 at 11:12 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • my son screamed too, try waiting a few weeks and try again, I found that when i laid down next to him and shook a favorite toy in front of him it helped a bit, altho he only tolerated it for a few miniuts., dont worry about it too much, they will grow up soon enough, and our parents didnt do any scheduled play time and we all learned to walk.

    Answer by georgesmommy31 at 11:19 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • yeah I agree with the last poster just give it a few weeks and try again, get down on the floor with her with a bright toy or something to stimulaste her a little see if that helps any

    Answer by Princess_s21 at 11:45 PM on Jul. 15, 2008

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  • I found that my son tops crying when I lay next to him with my face near his. I talk to him and I push up on my arms, show him his arms and eventually I am able to leave him for 5 minutes. Have no fear though---many Moms have to get over this obstacle and 5 minutes of tummy time at once is normal.

    Answer by Love-Mommy at 8:11 AM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • My daughter was the same way, she would scream when I put her on her belly and she is a great baby, she hardly ever cries. What I did was tummy time every day, if it takes her 1 minute to start crying, keep her there for a minute and a half, do this a few times a day, I hate hearing my little one cry but 30 seconds woun't harm her. Eventually, the baby will stay a little longer. With mine, one day she was just popped up, laying on her belly looking at me in her crib, like "mom I have been dong this for months" it was really cute, hopefully you have the same luck, and this helps!!!

    Answer by Storismom at 9:29 AM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • I started putting my son on his tummy two days after he was born for small periods of time and he hated it the first day or two. After that he loved it. I wanted to start him early and my midwives and nurses said I could start that soon. It was the easiest way to avoid such upsets.
    Try doing it a little bit at a time, each day. Good luck to you!!

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 12:26 PM on Jul. 16, 2008

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  • Try your bed if it's softer, my daughter loves it. I have a ulgy pink pig that oinks and dances so she loves watching that.

    Answer by LilMamaCrooks at 9:37 PM on Jul. 17, 2008

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