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We have our first baby and he is 10 weeks old. We try give him some tummy time multiple times throughout the day but he hates it. We have a little pillow we put under his chest to make it easier on him. Still hates it. He lifts his head slights a few times but he isn’t using his arms to do mini-pushups and he isn’t really moving his head from one side to another.

Should I be concerned? Any tips on how to improve his tummy time?


Posted by mom472075, 4th January 2021


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  • My son wasn’t a fan either but when they lay on you tummy to tummy that’s some tummy time for them. Only want I could get my boy to like it and eventually he was ok. I give him little back rubs after a bath and he enjoys being on his tummy then as well. Maybe speak to your health nurse


  • I’m no paediatrician but my son also hated tummy time. He never really crawled either but was walking by 12 months and now a happy, healthy, agile 15 year old! So, I say who cares if they do tummy time or not, don’t stress as that doesn’t help anyone. I was so anxious for milestones as a new mum but it was pointless in hindsight. I went to nurses, chiros, physios, all sorts of ‘experts’ but I’m sure if your child is growing correctly according to your GP, that’s all that matters.


  • I wouldn’t be overly concerned, alot of babies don’t love it. You could always try out bub on the couch or something and you squat in front. This allows bub to look at you and you can still support bub.


  • Just persist with very small amounts of time and build it up as he gets more confident. It is normal for bubs to not like tummy time.


  • Every baby is different. I wouldn’t be too concerned. My eldest HATED tummy time with a passion but my other 2 always preferred to be on their belly. They only need a few minutes but with my eldest I’d lay her on my stomach on hers and she seemed to tolerate that just a little bit more


  • My little man at the start didn’t like it and would just cry till I rolled him over to his back, so I would lay him on me and so tummy time that way, he will now go on the floor and happily do tummy time, I also put a mirror in front of him and lay next to him so he can see me and himself in the mirror and he loves it


  • My youngest never liked tummy time and would always crack it when I’d put her on her tummy. She prefered laying on her back, so instead I’d lay back on the lounge with her on my tummy and she’d then move her neck and shoulders up like they usually do for tummy time.


  • Just few minutes is fine . My daughter hated it as well. She was over 3 months when she finally used to it . Did u try on your tummy or your husband tummy or on your arm?


  • Maybe keep it very short like 1-2 minutes as he still is very young and doesn’t like it.


  • My daughter was like this too then one day just decided she liked being on her tummy. She hated ‘tummy time’ but loved it when she decided to do it herself. Hopefully he grows out of it too. It was tough going.


  • 10 weeks is still very little. I wouldn’t worry yet and it sounds like you’re doing a great job in giving him lots of opportunities to do tummy time. I agree that a mirror is a great idea but I’m sure your bub will reach the milestone in their own time.


  • We had a little mirror for my son.
    Also if the pillow is to much, try a rolled up towel. I found my self doing tummy time with him aswell for company.
    We also did tummy time on our chest.


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