September 30, 2008

Tummy Time

Over the last few weeks, we've been trying to give PK some tummy time, since, according to the "experts", it helps to develop motor skills, strengthening back and neck muscles, and even affects how the baby learns how to talk. Crazy stuff! Unfortunately, PK HATES tummy time. My heart breaks every time I put her on her tummy, because she wails and wails and wails. The poor little thing starts kicking her legs as if she were trying to crawl, and flops her head about. It's funny to watch, but at the same time, I hate the fact that she suffers so much!

Overall I find it pretty hard to schedule in some tummy time. I want to put PK on her tummy when she's in a relatively good mood so she lasts longer without wailing, but by the time I remember, it's usually after a feeding. Lately, I've taken to putting her on her tummy before a feeding. I know that she'll ultimately end up wailing anyway, and I figure that this way, at least she gets a reward for staying on her tummy - FOOD! On the bright side, Sunday was the first time where she actually stayed on her tummy for an extended period of time without complaining. Unfortunately, this time, she just lay there, comfortable as can be, not moving a single muscle. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? I'm trying to get more creative and roll up a blanket to put under her arms so that it forces her to raise her head. Sometimes it works, and she bobs her little head up and down. Other times, she doesn't bother moving her head and just cries and cries and cries.

I don't know if it's from the tummy time or burping her over my shoulder, but at least I've noticed that her neck seems quite a bit stronger. I just hope that the day when she doesn't wail while on her tummy comes really really soon!

1 comment:

Fawn said...

Don't worry, she WILL get there eventually! Lots of babies hate tummy time at first -- after all, it's hard!

Even just a few minutes multiple times a day is good enough -- babies spend so little time awake at this stage, "extended" activities for them seem just a few minutes to us!

You could try letting her have tummy time on YOUR tummy sometimes and see if that entertains her enough to keep from being upset.

Another little thing you can get: you know those foamy interlockable mats that the hardware store sells for gym and shop floors? I hating hearing Jade's head bonk on the floor when she was still mastering the art of holding it up. I thought of these foamy things later when she was learning to sit up, but they would totally be great for this, too, I think! You can get plain ones pretty cheap at Crappy Tire or Home Hardware, but I think Walmart carries ones with pictures and cutouts if you want something more colourful.