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If you’re a parent then you know all about tummy time and how important it is to start it at 1 month. It helps to build up their neck and arm muscles and can help with preventing flat spots on your babies head. But what are you to do if your child just HATES their tummy time?
My child HATED her tummy time and would scream and fuss the entire time. I knew how important it was for her to do it though so I kept at it and finally my kiddo slowly started to not hate it as much. Now, she loves her tummy time and being on the floor!
Here’s how I did it!
Getting Your Baby To Not Hate Tummy Time
- Ease your baby into it. You don’t need to start with long periods of time. In the beginning, I tried to leave her on her tummy for 5 minutes at a time. Now I know that doesn’t sound like a long time but if you’re an angry baby and hate life one your belly then 5 minutes is a lifetime. A minute or two to start out with is just fine.
- Distraction. This is key. My baby HATED tummy time and the only way I could get her to not freak out the entire time was by distraction. I started getting on the floor with her and laying my face in front of her. I would make silly faces and sounds to keep her distracted.
- Sensory activities. This goes along with distraction but these are great! Not only will your child experience new things to engage his/her senses, but they will also spend more and more time on their tummy. My Pinterest board Baby/Kids Activities has a lot of different variations on these that you can try! Or you can check out Amazon which has a great selection of play mats!
The End Result?
A couple times of tummy time each day we did about a minute of tummy time. I would add 1 more minute each day and by the end of the week, she was doing 7 minutes of tummy time like a tiny champion!
I know it can be hard at the beginning but if I can do it so can you! Besides, don’t fret. If your child doesn’t like tummy time then having them lay on your chest can also help to strengthen those neck and arm muscles. It just may take a little longer in some cases.