I know it probably doesn't give babies the same experience/opportunities as real tummy time on the floor, but I ended up doing my version of tummy time with my youngest by laying on the couch, propping my head on the arm of the couch, and then just laying him down on my stomach. He would push up to look at me, we'd sing songs, I put toys behind my head or by my shoulders that he'd grab for.
Henry hated tummy time on the floor and like Kyle, he wanted to stand, walk actually. He was happiest just standing at the coffee table and playing with the toys on top.
Developmentally, my experience is that Henry is no worse for it. He walked around 10 months old (never really crawled in a conventional sense), has no issues with neck control, seems very coordinated for a now 18 month old.
Like Sonja said, do what you can stand, but I personally wouldn't push it too far if you don't have other issues you are working on. With my 26 weeker, we had to do tummy time to help him build muscle strength he just didn't have. Even then, I broke it up into short segments throughout the day. Both his PT and OT said anytime is better than none and Jacob definitely did better when I was also laying on my stomach on the floor with him so he could fully see me.
Good luck! Play time should be fun so I know it's hard when it doesn't seem to be that way. Lots of hugs and kisses to your sweetest when he's all done with it!
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