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Baby 7almost 8 months, still not crawling. Lots of tummy time is provided, usually starts whining/crying when left like thator gets on all4, any sugge?

Baby 7almost 8 months, still not crawling. Lots of tummy time is provided, usually starts whining/crying when left like thator gets on all4, any sugge?

Baby not crawling 8: Some babies do not crawl and straight go to standing up and walking.If your babies is otherwise growing normally and has been evaluated by your pediatician, then i will suggest you just wait and watch thats all you can do and soon you will see your baby walking even if he or she does not learn to crawl. ...Read more

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Dr. Kiya Movassaghi
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Tummy Time (Definition)

Tummy time placing your baby on their tummy for 30 minutes per day once the umbilical cord has fallen off. This decreases the risk of SIDS and increases baby's ...Read more


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My son is 8 weeks old, when do babies start crawling? I've been working on it with him during tummy time but he can't pick himself up with his arms.

My son is 8 weeks old, when do babies start crawling? I've been working on it with him during tummy time but he can't pick himself up with his arms.

Keep up the : tummy time. At 2 mos. he'll regard his fists & get his head up to regard & follow a red or yellow toy dangled in front of him. At 4 mos., he'll get his head & chest up. By 5 mos. he'll be able to bear weight on his forearms, shifting from one to the other to reach for & attain objects. Cat-crawling is variable if it happens at all. It used to be ~ 6 mos., now ~ 7-8 mos. since " back to sleep". ...Read more

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My 3m.Old hates tummy time, i've tried everything! he just lays flat and starts crying, he is suppose to be lifting himself up already, should I worry?

My 3m.Old hates tummy time, i've tried everything! he just lays flat and starts crying, he is suppose to be lifting himself up already, should I worry?

Tummy time: Give him a weeksrest and then slowly try introducing it again. This time you might lie on the floor with him and let him lie on your tummy or put him on the bed and you sit by the side so he can see you. Goodluck. ...Read more

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My 4w newborn HATES tummy time. She can't go beyond 5 minutes without crying uncontrollably. I don't know what to do. I think she torticollis.

My 4w newborn HATES tummy time. She can't go beyond 5 minutes without crying uncontrollably. I don't know what to do. I think she torticollis.

Not Unusual: Many newborns don't like tummy time until they're able to move around and even turn over. It's not critically important now Torticollis is a neck muscle stiffness that responds to physical therapy. If you feel your child has a head tilt or can't move the neck freely, see your doctor soon. the sooner it's recognized the faster it responds ...Read more

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How can I help my baby have fun during tummy time?

How can I help my baby have fun during tummy time?

Offer fun toys: Tummy time is great for your baby's development. Provide bright, stimulating toys in front of your baby to encourage him/her to explore the environment. Talk to your baby and encourage frequent periods of tummy time daily. It appears that stimulation to your baby's hands may has long term benefits more than helping to turn over (such as helping with handwriting & fine motor skills later in life!). ...Read more

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Can I prop up my 7w baby during tummy time. She has great head control but struggles a little bit with her forearms. Is this an issue?

Can I prop up my 7w baby during tummy time. She has great head control but struggles a little bit with her forearms. Is this an issue?

It's ok.: You just have to be careful and supervise. Why don't you go to the internet and check out the video "Tummy Time: Why and How to Do It" , sponsored by Tommee Tippee. It's a very nice video. And you will see that some of the babies in the video aren't too thrilled with, and struggle with tummy time too! ...Read more

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When should I start giving my child tummy time?

When should I start giving my child tummy time?

Yes: Very brief, closely observed tummy time is acceptable from day 1 -- in fact, doctors look at newborns lying on their tummies all the time to assess head control and other things not visible from the front. The secret, of course, is (1) never leave them alone like that, (2) turn them over immediately when they appear tired or unhappy, and (3) never leave them alone lying on their tummy. ...Read more

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How do I manage if my baby doesn't like "tummy time?"

How do I manage if my baby doesn't like "tummy time?"

Brief and frequent: Have frequent brief periods of tummy time, allowing slight frustration but stopping the tummy time if she gets really annoyed. Have stimulating toys nearby for her to look at, reach for and eventually scoot towards. Put a mirror in front of her when she's on her tummy. Pay attention to her cues and be flexible. ...Read more

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Should I worry if my baby really hates to do tummy time?

Should I worry if my baby really hates to do tummy time?

Tummy time benefit: Tummy time gives baby a chance to get off their back & begin to develop upper arm & chest strength. It also takes the weight of their head off the bed & decreases the skull flattening that occurs in some. If baby doesn't have excessive skull flattening & hates the position, i'd not feel bad if you avoid it. Try it occasionally & eventually baby should accept it.If x'tra flat head = needs tummy tm. ...Read more

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My 2 month old isn't holding his head up during tummy time, he just lays there and turns his head from one side to another ?

If he was full-term,: his pediatrician will check his muscle tone, reflexes & overall physical & neurological status to look for signs of genetic & other medical causes of his gross motor delay. Also, call (713) 696-2130 for an evaluation by Texas' Early Intervention Program, where a team of specialists evaluates infants birth-3 years for eligibility for services, at no cost to the family. No referral is needed. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby enjoy tummy time?

How can I help my baby enjoy tummy time?

Short sessions: Try doing multiple short sessions a day. Babies often will like tummy time for only a couple of minutes at a time -- this is ok-- just make sure you do it often. As they get older and stronger, it will become more fun. Make sure you set up toys and put your face in their line of sight. Never put your baby to sleep on their tummy. ...Read more

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Why should I give my baby tummy time?

Why should I give my baby tummy time?

Strengthen chest/arm: Babies who learn to sleep on their back often fuss if you place them on their belly, yet tummy time will help with muscle strength in chest & arms for later as they start to roll over. They can acquire this after learning to roll over but may briefly seem ackward or delayed. I wouldn't lose any sleep over the issue & prefer to avoid battles when baby makes a big fuss every time. They will catch up. ...Read more

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When I put my baby on tummy time she throws up, she is 4 month. ?

When I put my baby on tummy time she throws up, she is 4 month. ?

REFLUX: Spit up or reflux increases if placing pressure on abdomen when stomach is full. Babies need lots of tummy time to increase muscle strength and avoid head flattening. To avoid spit up first burp every 5 min during breast feed, for 30 sec each, or burp every 1/2 to 1 oz if formua fed, then keep upright after feeds for 20 min. Then try tummy time. Or try tummy time for the 30 min before next fee. ...Read more

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2 months old baby hates tummy time since the day she was born, would she be able to crawl later if she refuses to go on tummy?

Keep trying: Some babies do not like tummy time and that is okay. As she gets older (closer to 4 months of age), her head control will be better. At this age she may be able to enjoy tummy time better. None of this should limit her crawling ability. ...Read more

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How many times per day should I have my baby do "tummy time"?

How many times per day should I have my baby do "tummy time"?

Often as can: As often as you can while awake. Start with 2-3 minutes aftwr each diaper change to remind yourself. Get down with baby to look at you and/or toys. Increase time and frequency as baby gets stronger. ...Read more

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My baby is premature baby (36 weeks) .. when he can make "tummy time"?

My baby is premature baby (36 weeks) .. when he can make "tummy time"?

Tummy time: Tummy time can take place anytime under constant supervision by an adult. ...Read more

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Am I a bad mom because I hate to put my baby on her tummy? She hates tummy time.

Am I a bad mom because I hate to put my baby on her tummy?  She hates tummy time.

Tummy time benefit: Tummy time gives baby a chance to get off their back & begin to develop upper arm & chest strength. It also takes the weight of their head off the bed & decreases the skull flattening that occurs in some. If baby doesn't have excessive skull flattening & hates the position, i'd not feel bad if you avoid it. Try it occasionally & eventually baby should accept it.If x'tra flat head = needs tummy tm. ...Read more

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Only way my 7w baby enjoys tummy time is if she lays on my tummy while I lay flat. She looks at me before getting sleepy or fussy. Is this a good tt?

Only way my 7w baby enjoys tummy time is if she lays on my tummy while I lay flat. She looks at me before getting sleepy or fussy. Is this a good tt?

Sure: That is still good tummy time. You can also try giving her tummy time with her on the bed and you sitting on the floor where she can see you - this often works well. Keep up the good work mom! ...Read more

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What other tummy time methods can I try with my baby besides being on the floor over a mat/blanket? She does tummy on tummy, over my thighs & footbal.

What other tummy time methods can I try with my baby besides being on the floor over a mat/blanket? She does tummy on tummy, over my thighs & footbal.

Tummy time...: Sounds like you have it pretty much covered. As a reminder, tummy time is intended to be done as a "play time" when your baby is awake (sleep should be on back). Is your question implying that you don't wish to do tummy time on the floor? Sometimes babies fuss a bit about this, but if you put some toys out for her to look at and lay down next to her to play it is usually more enjoyable for all. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Mease
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