Scientifically Proven Way to Get Your Baby to Like Tummy Time and Improve Head Control
Imagine your baby did not cry hysterically whenever you put them on their tummy. Imagine not getting anxious whenever you know you need to do tummy time. Imagine being able to play with them in a way that you know helps their development. What would that mean to you?
What is considered to be Tummy Time Resistance?
Tummy time resistance is when your baby does not want to play on their tummy and cries or becomes frustrated. In turn, your baby spends more time on their back on in “containers,” i.e. infant seats, swings, car seat, etc.
What makes Tummy Time Resistance worse?
When babies are first born, they often spend the majority of the day on their back sleeping. If a parent does not begin to expose their baby to tummy time early on during awake times, some babies become resistant to being placed on their stomach. When babies spend too much time in “containers,” they may develop a flat spot on one side of their head, known as plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome. If the child is always turned to one side while on their back sleeping or awake, they can develop head flattening.
What causes Tummy time resistance?
The most common causes are
- Reflux and spitting up while on their tummy
- Difficulty with head control and upper body strength
- Discomfort on their tummy, which leads to babies becoming frustrated and crying to be picked up.
Avoiding Tummy Time can lead to…
It can lead to poor head control, upper body muscle weakness, developmental delays and a risk of head flattening. In the long term, avoiding tummy time can lead to weak core strength, affecting his/her ability to sit still in a chair and pay attention in school, or even affect his/her independence on the playground and keeping up with peers. Tummy time is the foundation for proper gross motor development!
When should I worry?
- If baby continues to dislike tummy time lasting more than 1 month.
- If baby’s gastric reflux is limiting their tummy time tolerance and you don’t know how to make them more comfortable on their tummy.
- If baby is becoming delayed with his/her gross motor development and head control is not improving.
- If you’ve tried doing more tummy time but baby’s head shape or flattening is not improving.
- If head shape is getting worse, or you notice facial changes, i.e. asymmetrical ear position, eye position or jaw shifting while smiling.
When does it become an emergency?
- If your baby is falling behind with their gross motor skills and head control.
- If your baby’s head shape is not improving and your baby is 3-4 months old.
- If your baby is developing tightness on one side of the neck (called torticollis).
- If you notice facial asymmetries.
If you experience any of these symptoms, call us immediately.
Traditional treatments that most try but are not as effective include:
- Chiropractic treatment
- Generic Physical Therapy
- Massage therapy
- Generic exercises (Youtube, personal trainer)
If left untreated, Tummy Time Resistance can lead to significant Developmental Delay.
Tummy time resistance can lead to significant developmental delay. This is when the baby is not meeting their developmental milestones, i.e. difficulty lifting his/her head up when on tummy, difficulty rolling over, unable to stay balanced in sitting. Over time, these delays can lead to difficulty crawling, standing, walking, and even climbing. Such delays and core weakness as an infant can lead to more significant struggles as an older child, including difficulty sitting still in a classroom chair, inability to keep up with peers on the playground, or clumsiness and frequent falls. This can affect your child’s confidence as well.
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Try This Self-Test to See If Your Baby has Tummy Time Resistance.
- Place your baby on his/her tummy on the floor.
- Now put a toy of interest in front of him/her.
- Can your baby lift their head up and look around?
- Does he/she last more than 5 minutes on their tummy prior to crying or wanting to be picked up?
- If your baby is not tolerating tummy time, he/she may have tummy time resistance!
DISCLAIMER: You may need to see a physical therapist to get an official diagnosis.
What is your solution for Tummy Time Resistance?
My scientifically proven “Tummy Time” program helps babies to like tummy time and give parents tips on how to accomplish this through this quick and easy educational video(learn more below). Start with this, however depending on the complexity of your condition, you may require an individual session with one of our pediatric specialists.
How did you discover it?
I discovered this solution while working with more than 200 babies who suffered from tummy time resistance and flat head syndrome and/or torticollis. As I treated their posture during tummy time and found the most effective positions to achieve optimal head and neck control, their head shape and gross motor development improved as well.
I did some research and discovered that the earlier a parent begins tummy time, the better the result in achieving a round head shape and promoting gross motor development. It’s important to minimize baby’s time in swings, infant seats and car seats, and to incorporate tummy time during their awake times, as part of the daily routine. Tummy time helps strengthen baby’s neck and back muscles, improve their head control, and most importantly it is the foundation for future gross motor development.
Utilizing objects found around your home, you can entice your baby to hold his/her head up more easily during the initial sessions of tummy time. I have helped many other families learn these strategies to implement at home. The goal is 20-30 minutes of tummy time each day and head shape will improve dramatically. Most importantly I applied this strategy to my own children, and I could not be happier with their head shape and development.
This discovery has led to dramatic increase in how fast my patients saw results. They achieved a nice round head shape, symmetrical head and body posture, strong core muscles for each consecutive developmental stage and most importantly, they loved tummy time.
In case you were wondering, it’s all natural. No drugs. No injections. No invasive techniques!
How is your solution unique?
Not all traditional tummy time resistance treatments lead to a better head shape and promote gross motor development (not by any means). And believe it or not, some may actually make your baby’s head shape worse or prevent important developmental skills! Not all practitioners treat tummy time resistance and developmental delay the same.
My solution is highly unique. I emphasize parent education and teach proper tummy time positioning tips. My method to achieve quick, maximum results encourages an improvement in tummy time tolerance and ensures the baby has full neck range of motion and symmetrical posture. This work lays the proper foundation for gross motor development.
My years of experience and research has led to the discovery of this scientifically proven way to resolve TUMMY TIME RESISTANCE and DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY in more than 200 babies.
“Who are you?”
My name is Hayley Apiscopa and I am a licensed pediatric physical therapist who specializes in infant development and flat head syndrome. I also have a special interest in helping babies who struggle with tummy time learn to love it and build a strong foundation for future gross motor development.
“What can I expect from this solution ?”
- Improve baby’s tummy time tolerance
- Achieve round head shape
- Improve baby’s head control and core strength
- Ensure full neck motion in both directions
- Create a strong foundation for baby’s future gross motor development
“How quickly will I see results?”
Most parents see results within one week of performing recommended positioning tips and exercises. You could see an improvement in head shape and posture in as little as 2 weeks while on this program. Most are done with the program in 4 weeks and then continue on their own. If your baby is not seeing results in the first 2 weeks call to schedule a session with one of our pediatric specialists.
“How much does it cost?”
Because there are so many people who I believe need access to this vital information, I have created a special video to make it extremely AFFORDABLE and EASY. It is ONLY $9.99!! This video will allow you to get your baby’s resistance to tummy time diminished immediately. You owe it to yourself and your baby to try this. You will receive a link to the Video.
“What if it doesn’t work for me?”
Call us and make an appointment with one of our Pediatric Specialists. We will help your baby learn to LOVE Tummy Time and build a strong foundation for their future development.
“What’s my next step?”
As you can imagine there are a lot of people wanting to start this program. That is why I made this quick and easy video. It is only $9.99 to get started. Due to my limited availability, I only have a few spots available at any given time, therefore this is the best way to start. It’s only for those serious about getting rid of tummy time resistance.
If that is you, click below and pay the $9.99 and receive the link to this full video.
Remember, this is only for you if you are serious about results.
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“Is it safe?”
Yes. All procedures are FDA cleared and proven safe. I am a licensed Physical Therapist with 14 years of practice in the state of NY. My license # is 030047-1.
“What if my pediatrician is saying wait it out or isn’t concerned?”
The earlier you start tummy time and start my program the stronger your child will be at each stage of gross motor development and will become the strong child you want them to be!
My 7 week old son and I took advantage of the free tummy time workshop that Developmental Steps offered. Prior to the workshop we would probably work on tummy time once every other day and my son would immediately get upset every time I set him up.
After attending the workshop, I learned different tools to help my baby feel more comfortable on his tummy and even start to enjoy it. Only a few days later, I notice an improvement. He will now hang out on his tummy for up to 7 minutes without getting upset which is a huge improvement!
Hayley was very attentive and positive throughout the workshop. She explained the importance of tummy time and how it affects the rest of the developmental steps, especially in the first couple of years of our baby’s life. We are so happy we took advantage of the workshop and would absolutely go to Developmental Steps if we have any future issues with any progress. Highly recommend them!
Kristen Z.- mother of 7 week old son.