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Help! My Baby Hates Tummy Time!

Help! My Baby Hates Tummy Time!

Some babies love tummy time right away.  Others need a little more encouragement.  If your baby doesn’t enjoy tummy time, try the following:

  • Start slowly: Start with 1 minute at a time and build from there.  If baby gets frustrated, take a break and try later.
  • Support baby: Early on, baby may need a little extra help. Under supervision, roll up a small blanket and place it under his chest to help him lift up.
  • Get down: Lay on the floor in front of your baby. Smile and encourage him that it is ok.
  • Tummy to chest: Put baby on your chest or stomach.  He will love to lift his head to look at you.
  • Family time: If baby has a big brother or sister, involve them!  Babies love to play with other kids too.
  • Routine: Make tummy time part of the routine.  Baby will learn to expect it, whether after a bath, or after a meal, knowing what comes next is helpful for baby.
  • Talk: Baby loves to hear from you! Talk and let him talk back.  Use words, sounds, and music to capture baby’s interest.

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