How can I get my baby to enjoy tummy time?

my son hates tummy time and every since hes learned how to roll over at 4mths hes been avoiding it. now hes a professional at rolling over. every time i put him on his tummy before i can blink hes already on his back. no matter how i hold him the minute i let him go hes rolled over. and if i put him on my legs or chest for tummy time he just balls up and cries until i let him go and he rolls over. im afraid he wont be able to learn to crawl if he never stays on his stomach long enough to even try.


Asked by anothergage at 3:24 PM on Jan. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i don't know my son went from rolling over to crawling to climbing all within one month at 4 months old. lol but i would try those toys they make for tummy time :) or get on the ground and play with him

    Answer by krazyash023 at 3:26 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • see I have the opposite problem.. how do I get my daughter off her stomach? She sleeps on it, she plays on it, she won't stay on her back... I just make sure she's stimulated enough.. actually to tell you the truth I've given up on it. I put her on her back sometimes, but I don't force the issue. We work more on sitting and standing anyways now. Try changing activities. Put him on his stomach to play with something and get down there with him. He'll be more likely to stay still if your in front of him giving him incentive to stay on his belly. Otherwise work on the other stuff.. like sitting and standing so that even if he doesn't crawl before he walks he'll still have nice strong legs!!

    Answer by kristal2146 at 3:43 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • kristal is right, get down there with him, and play, make sure you are on your tummy too. Other than that, All I can suggest is a different type of tummy time mat, probably one of the ones that hold him up off the ground, he'll have a harder time flipping onto his back. One like this There are other varieties, though, but I really suggest one of this type.


    Answer by lost_faery at 4:00 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • my dd hated tummy time...screamed every time i tried to make her do it. she learned to crawl anyway, without even getting on her tummy. from a sitting position, she leaned over and put her hands down on the floor in front of her, then just flipped her legs around and started was pretty funny. don't worry about it, though. keep trying for the tummy time to help strengthen the neck and back muscles, but don't worry if he keeps resisting...he'll still crawl!

    Answer by tstep972 at 10:37 PM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • put him on his back on the floor do that for a while and he should start doing on his on my daughter was the same way and that is what i did she would scream so try that

    Answer by happymama7 at 1:35 AM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • Use a boppy pillow. Then the baby isn't lying flat on the ground.

    Answer by mazonmom at 6:45 PM on Jan. 14, 2009

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  • Get down there with him! That worked great for my son =)

    Answer by vampiremommy1 at 8:01 PM on Jul. 26, 2010

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  • its ok if he rolls ... my son is 6mo. and start to crawl last week
    and you really should get down there with him and or have children similar in age get on the floor with him

    Answer by lmt_mom2010 at 5:25 PM on Aug. 14, 2010

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