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My little lady was NEVER keen on being on her tummy from the time she was born.
I was introduced to Magda Gerber's ideologies about not putting your child in any position they can't get into themselves. While I thought that was actually a really valid point, Plunket tells us how important it is to have babies on their tummys regularly. So I went with Plunket's advice. Well...I tried everything to make tummy time successful. I'd tried tummy time at all times of the day, I'd tried rolling up a towel to put under her chest, pillows, lying her on my bed, lying her on a padded mat, lying her on my stomach, having tummy time in just her nappies, pajamas, clothes and nude, carrying her stomach-to-the-floor, lying beside her and reading a story. putting a mirror in front of her...she cried and cried and then at four weeks old, she also started spilling every time she was on her tummy. It was a nightmare and everytime I went to Plunket, I'd get a telling off because she was only on her tummy for a minute at the most a day. It became quite disheartening and I felt like I had failed my daughter somehow. Suddenly it dawned on me that I wouldn't dream of doing something that really distressed her and yet here I was, making her cry several times a day. So at nine weeks old, tummy time was cancelled.
Two weeks ago, she was lying on her back and I left the room to sort her feed, came back and she was on her tummy, looking VERY pleased with herself. Now she can get into the position herself, I can put her on her back or her tummy. Gretchen will happily lie on her tummy and look at books, out the window or her toys for 10 minutes or more, several times a day; she even enjoys having some time on her tummy in the bath (until she starts lapping the water!) So now I look forward to taking her to Plunket and saying she has loads of tummy time...because she was ready.
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Monday, 21 May 2012 8:38 a.m.
Thanks for sharing your story - it is very encouraging! I have a 3 and a half month old boy who hates being on his tummy too. I have been persevering but I might give it a break for a while and see how he goes. Makes sense not to make our babies cry any more than they already do! :-)
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 7:15 a.m.
My son is doing the same thing at the moment he hates tummy time! im not going to do it any more i hate seeing him so upset hopfully he will do the same as your wee girl
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