Mar 13, 2011  •  In Baby, Claire, Funny, Motherhood, Parenting, Personal

Tummy Time Fail [Faceplant]

I know that I said I would not worry about my daughter meeting her milestones on time, but I cannot help but be a teensy bit concerned that she is nearing six months of age and has not rolled over once.

She actually quite enjoys the first 5-10 minutes of each tummy time.

She looks up at me, makes a grab for her toys, and even plays “superman” (which is what I like to call the below pose):

But as soon as she gets bored, or gets tired (whichever happens first), she will start the pity cries. The “Mommy please pick me up I don’t want to do this anymore” cries.

I ignore the cries. “No pain, no gain, baby,” I tell her.

The crying continues.

I position her arms and legs so that she can roll over more easily. And many times, I have guided her little body through the exact motions that she should be doing in order to flip tummy to back.

But she still doesn’t get it. Either that, or she plain just does not want to roll.

That is when the crying intensifies and her stubborn personality takes over.

And BAM!

The faceplant.

She refuses to budge from this position. I have no choice but to come to her aid, as she will suffocate otherwise.

Oh Claire, why did you have to take after mommy’s stubbornness?

8 Responses to “Tummy Time Fail [Faceplant]”

  1. Aw. My niece wasn’t psyched by tummy time initially too. But I think it made her work harder to learn to roll around!

  2. little stubborn girl. she’ll get it. that face plant picture is way too funny and precious.

  3. that faceplant picture is way too precious and funny. stubborn little girl.

  4. Courtney:

    If you prop her up on a Boppy Pillow or something like it, does she still face plant? I used to prop my daughter’s chest on the Boppy, then even if her head drooped, she could still breath and see.

    Also- even though it’s a parenting no-no, I used to have her do tummy time on the coffee table (before she could roll over- and with enough space in case she finally learned how to)- it allowed me to sit on the couch and engage her face to face. Much easier than trying to lay on the floor with her!

    • We used to use a tummy time pillow (that came with a tummy time mat) but she kept sliding off of it as she struggled against tummy time. Plus, for us it actually hindered the purpose of tummy time because eventually she would just give up and rest on the pillow. I actually don’t mind getting down on the floor with her — the dog and I cheer her on whenever she’s on her stomach. :-)

  5. Haha! Love this! So glad she figured it out finally :)

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