sleeping on tummy?

Crystal - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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i have 5 1/2 month old twins and my lil boys always want to roll over at night and sleep on his tummy, is it safe?

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Jenny - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son is 5 and a half months old and ever since he has learned to roll over he has slept on his tummy. He sleeps for longer and seems to be a lot happier! He has been doing this for a month now and he is perfectly fine! I know we are advised to put them on their backs but if they are more comfortable on their tummies and they are choosing to roll over themselves, i'd say leave them! Just remember our parents were told to lie us on our tummies so why can't our little ones!

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Lauren - posted on 02/14/2010

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Ok thats great and all about the tummy thing but my worry comes into play when she smushes her face into mattress and and sleeps like that. Or she puts her hand in mouth and places other arm under her head face down. It scares me. She has been rolling perfectly since 2 1/2 months but she just started the crib thing. I can turn her head and she either goes with it and then its back to the ath position in seconds or she wakes up pissed. What to do? Or am i worrying too much? She's almost 6 1/2 months old

Brooke - posted on 02/12/2010

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My daughter is now 6 months and she has been sleeping on her tummy at night for the last few months. I find she sleeps better this way. When i used to have her on her side or back if she dropped her dummy she used to wake up or same is she rolled over, so now we just put her on her tummy as soon as she goes to sleep and she sleep 10-12 hours a night

Brenda - posted on 02/12/2010

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Well I'm not going to tell you if it's safe or not but both of my children have slept on their tummy's since birth. My son is 6 months old and when he was born if I laid him on his back he would do nothing but scream until he ended up on his tummy. My daughter was the same way, so there for my children have slept on their tummys. I just make sure there is nothing in the way that could block the air way, just a sheet on the bed and a blanket down at the waist and if you live in colder climates make sure they have winter clothes to sleep in, that way you don't have to have the blanket.

Ann - posted on 02/12/2010

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My little guy has been sleeping on his tummy since I birth. He likes it much better then on his back. In fact he as been sleeping all night long since he was a month old. My oldest who is now 16 yrs old did the same thing he prefered sleeping on his tummy since birth.

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2010

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I have three children and all three of them started sleeping on their belly by one month. Once they started sleeping on their belly they wouldn't sleep on their back all they would do was cry. My son youngest started daycare at 6 weeks old and didn't sleep very well for his naps because they put him on his back. Luckily i was able to sign a wavier to allow them to sleep him on his belly and now he takes a three hour nap in the middle of the day.In my opinion neither the belly or the back is safe. When they sleep on their belly they are at risk of SIDS and when they sleep on their back if they vomit they can choke on it and thats not good either. so i think that as long as they are comftable it shouldn't matter.

Jada - posted on 02/11/2010

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My little girl started doing the same thing so I called her doctor and he said as long as she can roll over there is nothing we can do. She seems to really like sleeping on her tummy but I have been sleeping worse, I tend to worry alot but its nice to know that we are not alone!! :)

Sherlyn - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter is 6 mths old, she has never slept on her back, she seems not to like that position, her doctor told me I could get this pillow that props her up when she is on her stomach(can't remember the name right now), but I never got it. When she was younger I put her right on the mattress her crib so that nothing can cover her nose. You can probably try that, or the pillow.

Sara - posted on 02/11/2010

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My 6 month old daughter has been rolling over onto her stomach for some and she has been sleeping much better, almost through the night. I thought it was unsafe at first but talked with her pedi and as long as they can turn themselves over and hold their head up they will be fine. I always put her "back" to sleep though even though she usually rolls right over to her tummy. I also took the bumper pads out since she was rolling her face right into them. Now we both sleep better.

Nikki - posted on 02/10/2010

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yup my 6month old twins do this aswell..also on their tummies they can move their way closer to each other...i find they settle themselves much better when they do this...i do try to keep them on their backs but they are adament they wanna roll over i say just let it be if theyre happier

Emily - posted on 02/10/2010

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I have asked my son's doctor this same question.
She has advised me just to put him to sleep on his back and if he rolls over then it is okay, just make sure there is nothing they can get ahold, and no bumper pads around the crib, unless its one of those mesh ones that you can get at babiesrus. that allows air to go through incase they were to get up against it!

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2010

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The back to bed thing has to do with sids which most often occurs b/t 0-3 mos. While they've showed numbers to improve with back to bed, they still can't prevent it. I put my baby on his belly from 3wks on because of gas issues and he's great. If you're babies can roll around don't worry! Keep the crib clear of toys or pillows which could cause breathing issues and you should be good!

Bree - posted on 02/10/2010

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I dont think you cant prevent it, i would check in every now and then, but generally if he is strong enough to get there he should be strong enough to move his head to the side

Shaina - posted on 02/10/2010

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Liam has started to roll over at night onto his tummy. I put him to sleep on his back BUT he must prefer the tummy cause that is where he ends up.

All four of my children slept on their tummies, it seemed to feel better to them and in turn they slept longer.

You just have to remember to keep ALL things out of the babies sleeping area, no toys, no blankets and all should be fine :)

Happy sleeping!!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/09/2010

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It is all a matter of what you are comfortable with... my son has been sleeping on his tummy since he was about 6 weeks old. He has been sleeping 10-12 hrs a night ever since he started sleeping on his stomach... However, we have a motion monitor though for Mommy's peace of mind.

Kim - posted on 02/08/2010

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My son is 6 months old and has been sleeping on his tummy for at least a month. I'm comfortable with it. He's very strong and he definitely sleeps better on his belly. The doctor said if he can get to his belly on his own you don't have to worry. We were all put to sleep on our tummies and we survived.

Melissa - posted on 02/08/2010

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My baby girl has been sleeping on her tummy since she could hold her head up steady while laying on her tummy and she sleeps so much better. If I lay her on her back she only sleeps for 1/2 an hour and then she wakes herself up. If its what they want to do then let them, otherwise you're going to be up all night fighting with them to sleep on their backs.

Ann-marie - posted on 02/04/2010

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my baby sleeps on her tummy and has done for a while now, at first i was constantly checking on her but she is fine, she sleeps alot longer on her front than on her back and seems more comfortable, my son was exactly the same.

Alisa - posted on 02/01/2010

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Our ped said that at this age, the risk of SIDS is greatly reduced. If your little ones can hold their own head up, then it's okay.

Joelle - posted on 01/31/2010

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I agree that if they are able too roll over then it is fine. My son likes sleeping on his side or tummy. He is stronge enough too roll from front too back and visversa, I hjave learned not too worrie about it, as he has been doing this since November... Just make sure that there is nothing about you childrens faces and you will be ok.

Emily - posted on 01/30/2010

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As long as they can roll, it's generally safe. Unless you want to be up constantly all night flipping them back to their backs and waking them up. When my son was a baby, he also preferred sleeping on his tummy once he was able to flip over. I'd always lay him on his back, but he'd flip over to his tummy.

Daphne - posted on 01/30/2010

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They strongly advise against it here in the Netherlands because of SIDS and increasing the risc when you do let your baby sleep on his/her tummy. My daughter Lara always sleeps on her back (first two weeks alternately on both her sides) in a baby sleeping bag and I tuck in the bottom part so she can't roll over or move around in her bed. She places her feet on the matrass, lifts her hips and pushes herself upward if I don't tuck her in :)

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