Napping on the tummy

Katarina - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My baby has pretty bad gas (he is only 2 months old actual age, and only 2 weeks adjusted age, being a preemie.....) . The best way for him to feel better is to be on his belly. We take turns holding him on our chests but this cannot last all day.....So I put him on a flat changing pad on his belly and he loves it!!!! He starts passing gas and falls asleep right away. i usually supervise him during tummy time, howevet, i still worry.
Is this really dangerous? What should I do to keep him safe on his belly??? Thanks!

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Ashley - posted on 10/16/2009

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I ALWAYS put my daughter on her tummy to sleep, and I'm a nurse. She would startle in her sleep when she was on her back and wake herself up. I put her on her tummy a lot when she was awake so her neck would get strong and she could turn her head from side to side and lift it up so I wasn't worried at all. Also, most current research on SIDS actually links the cause to a brain stem disorder, so it's something the baby is born with and not due to sleeping position. My daughter is 11 months old now and always prefers to sleep on her belly. I say, as long as he can lift and turn his head and he's most comfortable on his belly (most babies are) then let him. As long as the surface is flat and firm and uncluttered it's fine.

Jan - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hi Katarina, we always laid our babies on their bellies, then when it all came out that this was possibly linked to cot death syndrome we laid them on their sides. If your little one has bad wind, lay him on your arm on his front so that his head is on the crook of your elbow & his tummy is supported by your hand, then pat away to your hearts content, I promise your baby will love it, worked with all mine. Good luck to you both. xx

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Kelsey - posted on 10/17/2009

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I hear it is dangerous, yet at the same time ever year it changes whether you should have your baby sleep on his back or tummy. After I left the hospital I found that my son loved sleepin on his tummy on my chest, but you are right you cant do that all day. I would put him down on his back and he would wake up 2 minutes later screaming. Since then I would put him on his tummy to sleep taking naps and through the night. He started sleeping through the night once I started putting him on his tummy, on a flat surface with nothing around him of course to be safe, and hes been sleeping through the night since, 7 wks old.



Just as long as you dont have any blankets under him or anything close to him that he could smother on he should be fine. If you leave him alone in a room on his tummy make sure you have a baby monitor on so you can listen in just incase.

Jan - posted on 10/16/2009

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Hi Katarina, we always laid our babies on their bellies, then when it all came out that this was possibly linked to cot death syndrome we laid them on their sides. If your little one has bad wind, lay him on your arm on his front so that his head is on the crook of your elbow & his tummy is supported by your hand, then pat away to your hearts content, I promise your baby will love it, worked with all mine. Good luck to you both. xx

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