is it ok to let my 5 month old sleep on her belly?

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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she rolls over when she's sleeping an if i roll her back she throws a fit and wont go back to sleep. what should i do?

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Anna - posted on 01/02/2010

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They say keep them on their backs for the first year. The risk of SIDS is highest between 2-4 months, so your daughter is still pretty close to the most dangerous stage. If she's going to sleep on her belly no matter what you do, you should keep her bed in your room close to your bed at night so you can keep checking her. This has been proven to reduce the risks.

Bonnie - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son did the same thing and I did ask the Dr. about it and he said that if he can get on his tummy he can get off and the risk of SIDS is less when they can roll over themself because they usualy can get back to there back

Natalie - posted on 01/02/2010

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My baby girl would only sleep on her belly from the day she was born, I ended up buying a reassurance pressure mat and monitor just for my own piece of mind but she has never had any problems and is now 6 months old. Some baby's are just tummy sleepers I guess, hope this helps x

Brandi - posted on 01/02/2010

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If she rolls herself onto her tummy, she is capable of rolling herself onto her back again. Just let her be and check on her regularly until she masters the belly to back roll. My daughter started rolling to her side/tummy almost as soon as I brought her home from the hospital. When I asked the dr. she told me that as long as SHE puts HERSELF that way, she could get back to her back, so let her go. I checked on her ALOT until I was sure she had mastered flipping from her tummy to her back, but I wouldn't worry. Always put her on her back when you lay her down and if she switches to her tummy, it should be fine. Good luck. :-)))

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