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Yvonne - posted on 03/08/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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When is it ok to start laying my daughter on her stomach??

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Lisa - posted on 11/20/2009

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Quoting Elizabeth:



My son has slept on his stomach since we brought him home from the hospital at one week old. Whatever makes you comfortable seems to be ok. If she sucks on a pacifier then that reduces the risk of SIDS anyways. Like I said from the beginning mine has been and he is now almost 4 months. He will not sleep on his back or side. He will wake up immediatly when we lay him on his back or side. I think it is up to you and what you are comfortable with.






Elizabeth, I'm not going to say that if you feel comfortable with your baby on his tummy to sleep that you shouldn't, but it is a SIDS risk.  I am a childcare professional for infants, and I want to let you know that letting him suck on a pacifier does not reduce the risk of SIDS.  Please be aware that it is more so of a choking hazarad if baby is on his tummy while sucking the pacifier as he CAN NOT spit it out if he is choking or throwing up, which could cause him to aspirate by inhaling the expelled materials.  PLEASE be careful!  I'm sure you are a wonderful mother, and I know you love your baby deeply.  If you choose to try to lay him on his back, try swaddling him and then stretching a blanket across the crib, tucking blanket under the mattress on all three sides.  It helps them feel supported and reduce the "falling" sensation that wakes babies up sometimes.  I'm not trying to criticise you or anything, just want to give the right information.

Maria - posted on 11/20/2009

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I started putting my first son to sleep on his stomach at 6 1/2 weeks old... and he slept 8 hrs, and his sleep only got better. My second son, who is 4 months now, has been a stomach sleeper since his cord fell off. He seemed to be very particular about any gas in his system, and this helped. I know that "experts" say babies need to sleep on their backs, because it MAY be a contributing factor in SIDS... but I think if 90% of the people opposed to stomach sleeping, asked their moms how they slept as infants, they would tell you it was on your stomach, as that's what used to be recommended by doctors. The fads change all the time.

Gretchen - posted on 03/09/2009

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Back to sleep and tummy to play. Babies should sleep on their back until they have some independent mobility (i.e. pushing up on hands and rolling well from tummy to back and back to tummy. Supervised play time on her tummy is CRITICAL to normal physical development and should start immediately when home from the hospital. I started with my daughter the day she was born on my chest. Beginning early helps prevent an aversion to this position and encourages mobility skills. You'll start to see her clearing her head from side to side by a couple of weeks, then pulling her head up off the floor to about 30 degrees by two months. By four months she'll be pulling her head up to about 90 degrees and pushing up on her forearms. Tummy time also helps prevent the back or side of the head from getting flat which can happen very quickly from too much time on her back. It's really fun and just as beneficial to put her on her tummy lying on your chest while you're lying on the floor.

Alison - posted on 03/09/2009

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We started "tummy time" play as soon as my son lost his umbilical stump. I think it was around 3 to 4 weeks.

Yvonne - posted on 03/09/2009

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AWw yeah brooklynn held her head a lil bit to the next day from the hospital now she can do it by herself and she is so curouse she just wants to look around like crazy lol it's cute!!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/09/2009

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My son was able to hold up his head from the first day in the hospital so we lucked out in that department. But if you watch them during the day and feel that they are ok then you can try to at night. But if you don't feel comfortable then I know you will not get any sleep. Once I figured out that mine would not sleep any other way it took me awhile to be able to sleep at night when he was on his tummy.

Charlotte - posted on 03/08/2009

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I have three children and all of them have been put on their front from the day they were born, but only for short periods of time. My eldest son like elizabeths son would not sleep any other way than on his stomach. I would let him sleep on his front during the day but at night i swaddeld him, lay him on his side to sleep with a blanket behind his back to keep him on his side. A baby has to be able to clear its head from the ground to sleep on their front not necesarily be able to roll.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/08/2009

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My son has slept on his stomach since we brought him home from the hospital at one week old. Whatever makes you comfortable seems to be ok. If she sucks on a pacifier then that reduces the risk of SIDS anyways. Like I said from the beginning mine has been and he is now almost 4 months. He will not sleep on his back or side. He will wake up immediatly when we lay him on his back or side. I think it is up to you and what you are comfortable with.

Emily - posted on 03/08/2009

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Do you mean for sleep or for play? You should never put a child to sleep on her stomach until she is really good at rolling over. And i mean REALLY good. Sleeping on her stomach is a huge SIDS risk. If you meant to play, then any time is okay. I started when my son was about 4 weeks old.

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