Very squirmy baby won't sleep on her back!

Jackie - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is very active. She is now almost 6 months old and has mastered rolling over in both directions. While she is sleeping, she insists on being on her stomach. I've tried wedging her in but, she is just too active and ends up with her face buried in the wedges. I can't even put a blanket on her at night, she gets tangled up in it. The pediatrician said that there is nothing I can do to stop her from rolling and that she will be fine. I could use a little advice from moms who have this same problem. I constantly worry, as all moms do, about SIDS. Any suggestions?

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Heather - posted on 10/01/2009

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Here's the thing....my son has slept on his stomach since he was 2 weeks old. I had to do this because he was extremely colicky and sleeping on his back was too painful for him. Being on his stomach helped him deal with the pains, because he could pull his legs up. The main issue with sleeping kids on their stomachs is suffocation. Once your child has the ability to pick up her head and move it from side to side, then the risk drastically decreases. If you are worried about putting a blanket on her, the only other option would be to put her in a full footie pajama that is thick &/or put the heat up in your home. By this age her brain is more developed and can sense when she is feeling suffocated. She will react by moving the blanket or picking up her head. With infants, they are not developed enough to trigger this reaction. My son has been fine and I truly believe that your daughter will be to. Test my theory.....when she is sleeping, pinch her nose shut. If she responds by opening her mouth, then she should be fine. If you do use a blanket, do not use one that can wrap more than once around her, because then she can tangle herself in it and not be able to get out. A baby blanket should do the trick. Hope this helps :)

Chrissy - posted on 10/01/2009

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My 6 month old also LOVES lseeping on her stomach...I put her on her back with the covers on her but she always manages to get on her tummy with the blankets on teh floor or elsewhere in her crib.....

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Hi, I was worried about his too, but my community nurse told me that once a child can roll over the SIDS risk from sleeping on their tummy is very small, apparently the ability to roll allows for better sleep control and less likely to smother or anything

Tawni - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hi Jackie! My son was in the NICU for awhile and they told me as soon as Lacoda could roll over not to worry about turning him back over when he sleeps. My son could roll over at 2 1/2 months so that worried me a lot but I followed their advice and he's 5 months old now and perfectly fine. Also, they told me the chance of SIDS greatly decreases at 6 months, so hopefully that will help ease your mind :]

Jackie - posted on 10/01/2009

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That's right around the time my daughter starting doing that too and i was worried about sids too. For a while i would go in her room after she was a asleep and roll her back over because i was so paranoid. After a while though i stopped doing it though cause i figured if she could roll over both ways she should be fine and everything has been fine and she is almost one now.

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Rebecca - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son didn't ever like sleeping on his back he cried everytime. I tried the side but even that wasn't to his liking but when I started him on his back he slept through the night!

Sarah - posted on 10/01/2009

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theres nothing you can really do once they still rolling.other than trying to eliminate the blankets from the cot. you could try a baby sleeping bag .. that way there still covered and warm but theres no chance of it going over the face.

my son is 8months and as soon as he learnt to roll he refused to sleep on his back .. sometimes i'll look in his cot and he'll be asleep with his bum in the air.

Danielle - posted on 10/01/2009

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Exact same thing here. As soon as I lay my almost-6-month-old girl down she tucks her legs up and rolls over to her belly. This has been going on for over a month now. She stays on her belly all night and there's nothing I can do about it. Tried rolling her back over gently and she would either roll right back or wake up and cry, so I gave up. She is happy that way and seems to sleep much better and longer like that. I keep everything out of the crib and don't use any blankets on her, just dress her in a footed sleeper. Also I keep a video monitor plugged in and turned on next to my bed and check it throughout the night to make sure she looks ok just in case, but so far haven't had any problems.

Michelle - posted on 10/01/2009

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You can buy wearable blankets. I've used those to eliminate the tangled blankets. My daughter started sleeping on her tummy at around 5 months. I had to stop using the wedges because they were more of a hazard with her getting out of them. Since she can roll over I had to accept it. She's going to end up doing it no matter what I want. The first few nights were a little nerve wracking but I know I've done what I can. The SIDS risk is a lot lower after 3 months. It is okay for her to sleep like that at her age.

Ashley - posted on 10/01/2009

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my son is also a roller. he wakes up in the middle of the night because he's wedged himself in the corner of his crib and is on his tummy. I give him two blankets at night - one to cover him and keep him warm, the other is a thicker blanket that I let him roll to his side on and sort of prevent him from rolling over. He loves to snuggle with it too.

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My son has also been a stomach sleeper since he learned to roll over. From everything I've heard once they can roll over then they are fine sleeping on their stomachs the important thing to to take everything out of the crib so they can't get tangled or wedged in by something and then not be able to move. They sell these awesome things called sleep sacks which are like wearable blankets so that they can still be warm but they won't get tangled in a blanket. I would suggest just removing everything from her crib (bumpers, blankets, wedges, pillows, etc) and getting her a sleep sack and she should be fine.

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