3 1/2 month waking at night due to trying to roll

Michelle - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Help My 3 and half month old baby boy is trying to roll over now from back to front..when I have him on the floor he almost gets over but his arm gets pinned....Well my problem is now at night in his crib...he tries to turn over and gets pinned and starts crying..this past week I've been up lots at night going in there to turn him back from side because he starts fussing..I tried putting his positioner back in thebed that he had when he was a newborn, but he gets mad that he cant move and still fusses! I feel like Im at a dead end lol!! Help!! Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Amber - posted on 06/23/2009

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I completely understand...I swaddle my son at night and this has really kept him from trying to roll to his tummy at night. We also dont let him sleep from 5-9, which is his bed time so he just exhuasted and worn out physically. Once he can fully roll over and has enough momentum to get over his arm (it gets in his way too) we will stop swaddling. NOT looking forward to it. Try swaddling for a nights, and let him cry himself to sleep (if that is something you are comfortable with). Other than that...not suggestions.

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I am right there with you!! We've been struggling with this for a couple of weeks, and nothing has worked that well.

We had been swaddling him all along, but he started to wriggle out until he got free enough to roll, then get stuck on his belly, and not have enough leverage half inside his swaddle to get himself back. Screaming!

Then we stopped swaddling him thinking he might do better if he had full range of motion with arms and legs to right himself. Then the drifting off flailing started, plus he wasn't making any progress on the return trip to his back. More screaming!

Next, we tried placing him on his side to sleep with the receiving blankets. No difference whatsoever, except him getting extra mad about being stuck on top of the blankets. We tried putting him to bed on his tummy (terror!) but that immediately infuriated him. Even more screaming!! Poor little dude.

So I dunno. At this point I think we're just going to have to rescue him thru the night until he figures it out. We've been practicing his belly to back rolls during the day, but I figure he'll master it in his own time and we'll be on to the next midnight outrage. :)

Good luck! If you find something that works, please post it!

Joy - posted on 06/22/2009

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roll up 2 blankets and place them longways underneath his cot sheet like train tracks, enough so that it gives enough room for his body, this should stop him rolling into the cot sides and getting wedged. It worked for my son. It doesnt last long either and they soon master it and do it in their sleep.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

3 1/2 month waking at night due to trying to roll

Help My 3 and half month old baby boy is trying to roll over now from back to front..when I have him on the floor he almost gets over but his arm gets pinned....Well my problem is now at night in his crib...he tries to turn over and gets pinned and starts crying..this past week I've been up lots at night going in there to turn him back from side because he starts fussing..I tried putting his positioner back in thebed that he had when he was a newborn, but he gets mad that he cant move and still fusses! I feel like Im at a dead end lol!! Help!! Does anybody have any suggestions?



He hasnt been swaddled since the first few weeks home..He does not like to be wrapped up :( I even had to stop putting the foot pjs on him and us the gowns because he likes to be free hahaha! I would be comfortable with him on his stomach to sleep if he would! He still is a little leary about tummy time so not sure if he would even sleep on his stomach! I might try during day during nap time! I looked up the sleep T things and lol dont know if he'd go for that and they are expensive to try and then he will hate it! I appreciate everyones ideas and advice!

User - posted on 06/16/2009

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Would you feel comfortable sleeping him on his tummy? or you could get a 'Safe T sleep' It holds them nice and snuggly in one possition so they can't really roll over or move up and down the bed....that might work too.

Emma - posted on 06/16/2009

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do you still wrap him at night??? you could try wrapping him my little girl does the same but when i wrap her she cannot roll over or even move her arms

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