My son is 4 months old an when it comes to tummy time all he does is cry. What things can i do to get him to enjoy tummy time? Now my son also hates to be put down all he wants to do is stay in my lap and nothing else.What can i do to break this because i need some me time besides when he sleeps in 20 minute intervals. i still have to wind down after all day adventure and be to school at 9″
Good news: you can combine tummy time, face time and rest time for you by lying down and putting him tummy-down on your stomach or chest. Tell him about your day, and he’ll stretch his neck up and back to listen to the sound of your voice. And he doesn’t just have to have tummy time with you, either, the chest of any responsible adult will do. But there’s bad news for now when it comes to the “you only” time: most 4-month-olds don’t enjoy long stretches of sleep.
A step you can take towards getting there is to establish a baby bedtime– 7 p.m. or even earlier is good. When you notice signs that the baby’s starting to get tired in the early evening, give him a final feeding, a quick bath or wipedown, clean any teeth he has, put on a fresh diaper and pjs, dim his bedroom lights, rock or sing and put him down in the crib when he’s just about to nod off. If he wakes up and fusses, give him a chance to settle himself down. It may take some time, but if you do this at the same time every night, he will begin to fall into the routine and may give you three or four solid hours to yourself.
Sample 1-4 Month Baby ScheduleYou can't force a baby to sleep, but you can use routines to help your baby fall into slightly more predictable sleep patterns. If you're feeling like your life with your 1 to 4-month-old baby is chaos, give a routine like the one below a try. After about 4-6 months, most babies will move towards a single nap after lunch, at which point you may want to move lunch earlier so a late nap doesn't interfere with bedtime.
|5 a.m.||Wake up, diaper change, feeding|
|6 a.m.||Play in crib, on the floor, in a high chair or swing while parents get dressed|
|7:30 a.m.||Have a feeding|
|8:15 a.m.||Take morning walk|
|9 a.m.||Tummy time, Do chores, run errands, play with parent, etc.|
|10 a.m.||Feeding, morning nap|
|2-3 p.m.||Feeding, quick afternoon nap|
|4 p.m.||Afternoon walk, dinner|
|6 p.m.||Bath, toothbrushing, reading, singing songs|
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