My 3 week old only wants to sleep on his stomach, and hates his own bed.

Gina - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son only wants to sleep on his stomach, which I know is not safe according to the info about SIDS. I usually only let him sleep like that when I am awake and watching him, but I am having a hard time with him at night. He will only fall asleep if I am holding him on my chest, if I try to lay him down after he is asleep on his back in his bed he cries. I usually give him a pacifier and try to let him work it out for a minute or two, but if it doesn't work I pick him up. I have ended up letting him sleep on me at night so I can get some sleep, but I don't want it to be habit forming. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting him used to his back, and how to keep him asleep in his own bed?

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Simone - posted on 06/17/2009

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i have a cot mobil on my daughters craddle and it has a few different sounds the one i put on at night is the heartbeat one so it sounds like shes near me still. and now she doesnt mind sleeping in her bed. and for on the tummy like people have said there a monitors that will sound out an alarm when no movement is detected for a bit.

Kimberly - posted on 06/16/2009

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Quoting Julia:

If he likes it on his tummy then sleep him on his tummy!! do what works for him...he will be a lot happier and you'll get some sleep! There are monitors that you can use to detect movements etc if you are not happy about leaving him at night. By picking him up and letting him sleep on you is going to become a rod for your own back. He's not too young to start to teach him to sleep on his own and to self sooth or go to sleep by himself.

Our third baby is a tummy sleeper ...has been since he was 3 days old. I did what worked as I didn't have time to fuss over him with two other toddlers to deal with. I made sure he was feed/dry and burped...if he fussed I'd let him cry for 15 min...he'd usually be asleep by then....if not then get him up for a check/cuddle then back into bed. If you have him in a nice feeding and sleeping routne this will definiatley help with him learning to self settle and he will start to love his own bed. We don't use any monitors but we trust in God that He's looking after all our children and He knows what is best for them.


I agree, my daughter sleeps on her tummy, she wont go to sleep on her back and will only stay asleep on her back if i roll her down so she isnt pressed up against me before she goes in her own bed.



Yes SIDS is an issue but if you are watching the baby while you are awake and there isnt a problem then let the baby sleep that way. My daughter wakes up screaming if she puts her face down into the bed, she hates having her face blocked unless its her own arm and i put her blankets down past her shoulders so she doesnt scoot under them and could suffocate and tuck them under her to keep them in place. Also mimics your holding them snugly

Minnie - posted on 06/16/2009

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Heaven forbid we should parent our children the way they are biologically made. He doesn't want to sleep alone because it is his nature to sleep with you. He NEEDS close physical contact with you. Humans have slept with their infants since the dawn of humanity. Just because societal expectations have changed regarding where an infant should sleep does not mean that infants can easily change their inherent biological nature and needs.



http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/articles...



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Candice - posted on 06/16/2009

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i wouldn't worry about it being habit forming to sleep with the baby on you. i did for months cuz she wouldn't sleep otherwise, and she sleeps fine in her own bed now. she prefers her tummy too but now she's old enough that i don't worry so much. If you put him in the crib, i suggest the Angel Care monitor. it detects movement and breathing. it will give you peace of mind at least.

also, if the baby has any other feeding or vomiting issues, it could be reflux that keeps him from sleeping on his back. reflux babies tend to prefer their tummies. once we figured that out and got her on meds, my daughter slept much better and could sleep just about anywhere.

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If he likes it on his tummy then sleep him on his tummy!! do what works for him...he will be a lot happier and you'll get some sleep! There are monitors that you can use to detect movements etc if you are not happy about leaving him at night. By picking him up and letting him sleep on you is going to become a rod for your own back. He's not too young to start to teach him to sleep on his own and to self sooth or go to sleep by himself.



Our third baby is a tummy sleeper ...has been since he was 3 days old. I did what worked as I didn't have time to fuss over him with two other toddlers to deal with. I made sure he was feed/dry and burped...if he fussed I'd let him cry for 15 min...he'd usually be asleep by then....if not then get him up for a check/cuddle then back into bed. If you have him in a nice feeding and sleeping routne this will definiatley help with him learning to self settle and he will start to love his own bed. We don't use any monitors but we trust in God that He's looking after all our children and He knows what is best for them.

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Brandi - posted on 06/16/2009

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i had that same problem with my daughter. what i did was once she was dead asleep i would try to roll y body so she was laying down on her back and without putting and preasure on her i would leave my cheast on her and then i would slow move away...she slept in the bed with me for a month untill she got used to sleep like that. then i moved her in to her crib

Christina - posted on 06/16/2009

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Try and warm his bed up with a heating pad first.They like the heat you produce and if you hold him until he goes to sleep and put him in a cold bed they tend to wake up from the temperture change. Take the heating pad out and lay him on his tummy. My baby has slept on his tummy from 1 week old. He had terrible reflux and it was the only way to keep him from throwing up. If he was on his back he would generally choke on the spit up.

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