Infant sleeping...Should they slleep on their stomach or back?

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Beth - posted on 08/18/2010

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Dr's say to put babies on their backs. They also said to give them formula and stop breastfeeding back in the 50's. Don't always believe what you are told. Go with what is right for your child. All 3 of my kids slept much better on their stomachs and a well rested baby, is a happy baby!!!!

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Sandy - posted on 01/01/2011

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Infants should sleep on their backs with nothing in the crib to prevent S.I.D.S., (Sudden Infant Death Syndrom).

Beth - posted on 12/20/2010

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They should be sleeping on there back. untill they are able to move there head around. It also depends on the baby.. when my daughter was an infiant she sleep on her back for a week then she wouldnt sleep till she was on her tummy. SIDs can occure when they sleep on there tummy.
so if ur baby can only sleep on there tummy check more frequent would be my advise

Lisa - posted on 09/21/2010

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I have had three children and they have all slept on thier tummies. When my son was born almost six years ago, they told me to put him on his stomach. My daughter was born 16 months later and they told me to put her on her back. I tried and she didn't sleep, so I flipped her over. They slept through at 1 1/2 months and 2 months respectively. My newest son sleeps on his tummy and he has been sleeping through since he was 2 months old and I have never had any concern about SIDS

Beverly - posted on 07/25/2010

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When my oldest was born I was told on her stomach if she could lift her head up otherwise on her back. I talk to my peditrician and he said to take a pillow and place it under the crib mattress where you lay the baby's head to help elevate it. This way when they are on either their backs of stomach it will prevent them from choking or gasping for air because of saliva build up. Your instincts are your best advice. Trust your 6th sense when it comes to your children and believe me you wont ever go wrong raising your children. You know them better then anyone else. We can only offer suggestions but the final decision is always the parent(s) to make.

Melissa - posted on 07/14/2010

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Current recommendations suggest that putting baby to sleep on their back is best to prevent SIDS...that is not to suggest that sleeping on the back is better for preventing problems with baby's with certain medical conditions or who are frequent spitters...it is the recommendation for SIDS. There is no certain way to prevent SIDS but there are activities that increase the risk like smoking around your infant; placing them to sleep in a position other than on their back; leaving bumper pads,pillows, stuffed animals and soft blankets in the crib; and putting them to sleep in car seats. These things can increase the risk, but they don't guarentee that a child will suffer from SIDS nor does avoiding these behaviours guarentee that your child will be safe. There is an element of risk because there is no clear cause of SIDS. However, the risk does decrease naturally after 3 months of age and disappears almost completely after 6 months.
As for baby's vomitting/spitting whilelying on their backs...have you ever watched an infant on their back? In general, infants tend to favour turning their head to one side or the other, therefore if the child does spit up it tends to drain down the face. This isn't necessarily true in cases, but in general it is.
And once baby is mobile and moving around the crib it doesn't really matter what position you put baby in 'cause they will flip around to what is comfortable for them.

Deborah - posted on 07/09/2010

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Most recent info says to reduce the risk of SIDS babies should sleep on their backs. One they are able to roll over it doesn't matter. Also just be sure to keep the crib clear of bumpers,blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals (anything they could push their face up against). Also keep the air temp not too hot, and don't over dress them, also they say using pacifiers while they sleep can help reduce the risk of SIDS. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 07/06/2010

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ive been told their back and side... my first slept on either his back or side he even hated tummy time! but my second on the other would not sleep at all unless he was on his tummy. i honestly dont know why they say the back is the best, what if they spit up while they are sleeping both of mine were spitters so i honestly believe the side is the best way

Dorothy - posted on 07/06/2010

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I was told to have my daughter sleep on her back so that is what I did so she would not get SIDS. has she got older over the months she began to start rolling over during sleep time the doctor said that is normal for babies to do that as they get older over the months.

Lori - posted on 06/25/2010

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I know these days they preach "Back to Sleep" for infants. But when I was a baby my mother said it was always stomach sleeping was best because a baby could choke and not be able to get it out. I think when it comes down to this issue stomach or back or even side, it is your personal preference. You have to choose what you feel comfortable with and what's right for your child. My son would not sleep on his back, he is still a stomach sleeper at 17 months. I think as long as you use common sense and don't stuff blankets or pillows or stuffed animals in with your child, they will be ok. I know the debate is because of SIDS but there are now those that believe SIDS is caused by a abnormality in a child's DNA and that it is not possible to stop that whether they are on their stomach or back. Do what your comfortable with. Thats my 2 cents.

Bonnie - posted on 06/17/2010

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i let my baby sleep on his side and kept a rolled up blanket there to support him.

Linda - posted on 06/17/2010

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If the Baby is on a firm mattress with out a lot of other things in the crib then the stomach is the best way. They become stronger much faster when put on stomach. After a feeding the stomach stays warmer when lying on it and if the Baby has a liquid burp (s)he will not choke like (s)he would if on the back.
Do what you feel comfortable doing. Good luck with your precious bundle!!!!!!!

Sherry - posted on 06/16/2010

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on their stomach or side,when their older1 month or 2 month then it's ok on their back

Billie - posted on 06/10/2010

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i put my baby to sllep in a infant car seat. and she is almost 8 months. i did it with all my kids and they are perfect......

Kamie - posted on 06/09/2010

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my mother has had five children ages 13-33 and for each child the doctors told her different things personally i have found that for my son on his stomach or propped on his side a little is best either way you put them is neither right nor wrong

Jody - posted on 05/30/2010

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i would say on the side my middle son almost died at 6 weeks old because was on back 2 hours after a feeding and lost consious dr said was lucky found him did cpr and got him to hospital.

Jennifer - posted on 05/22/2010

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they say on the back to reduce the risk of SIDS. I laid my boy on his side with rolled up blankets in front and back (down low by his waist) so he couldn't roll.

I would lay him down on his tummy during the day when I could check on him often.

Once the baby is able to lift his/her head you are much safer.

Do what you think is right.

Alisa - posted on 05/20/2010

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Everything currently says back to sleep!! There is even a whole line of pajamas for infants dedicated to this. In the hospital they told me that they should only be on thier sides if you are awake and around to check on them. As far as co-sleeping goes, it can be done safely.

Teresa - posted on 05/17/2010

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Infants should be placed on their sides when laid down for the night. Lying on their stomach might disrupt their breathing, and lying on their backs they could choke too easily. I have given birth to 2 of my 4 kids, and my mom had 7 of us, I am the oldest of the 7. All of us, my children, and my grandchildren have all been laid on their sides when sleeping. Make sure you have a baby monitor as well. Makes for a better sleep for you. Experience talking here.

Cynthia - posted on 05/17/2010

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My son slept on his back until he was about 5 months old. After that he could roll and scoot around in his crib regardless of how I laid him down. I usually found him all crammed up in one corner of his crib on his tummy when I would check on him, so I would say let them tell you what they want. Now I just lay him down on his tummy and then he moves around until he finds a comfortable postition, just like an adult.

Gloria - posted on 05/17/2010

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mine slept on the stomach but now they say they should sleep on the backs so i am not really sure

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It is absolutely their back. Like someone said earlier, the doctor, pediatrician, hospital all told me so, and I have done lots of early childhood and parenting training as well as caring for kids for over 9 years....it's the back. The only articles that will tell you anything other than that are old and outdated. It is not what causes sids if they don't...just HIGHLY increases the risk. However, if your baby gets old enough to roll over to their stomach by themselves in the middle of the night and sleeps that way,...don't fret because they are ready to sleep on their tummys when they do it themselves. I find it helps too if they are swaddled. Just make sure not to put them in the bed with you....super dangerous. Hope this helps!

Karrie - posted on 05/06/2010

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I have two kids, i would put them on their backs and their sides and their stomach and they sleep though the night from the time they where born. So I feel it is up to the Mother or Father.

Lynn - posted on 05/05/2010

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Babies should sleep on their backs to sleep. My doctor and hospital use to give out stickers and pamphlets and magnets that say Back to Sleep. Hope this helps. Also, wrap the infant up like a bundle that should help with the waking up in the middle of the night. And I was given a set of cushions they sell at stores to put under the baby. It wraps around them and keeps them from rolling over.

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it really doesnt matter really. my friend keeps her baby on his stomach we keep ours on her back as she hats being on her stomach. but we just let her roll and she likes her side sometimes.

Cassie - posted on 02/23/2010

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they dont no what causes SIDS ! So It is up to you in what you feel comfortable with my frist born slept much better on her belly starting at a early age ! I felt fine with her doing that !

Mary A - posted on 02/22/2010

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Since no one knows WHAT causes SIDS, I really don't think anyone knows. When my daughter was born, they told me to put her on her back. She slept fitfully, most of the time. Once she was able to turn to her side, she slept like a rock (still does). When my son was born, the hospital gave me something to brace him on his side. My son would always find a way to turn onto his stomach (often scaring the crap out of me when I would come in and find his face nestled into the gap between the brace and the mattress). He always slept like a rock.

There are devices, now that, hold a baby on his/her side, but you have to find what's right for your baby.

Billie - posted on 02/13/2010

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honestly it depends on what artical you read, lol. They say it CAN lead to Sids, but no one really knows for sure. When my daughter was born everyone told me to keep her on her back, so i did. She woke up every hour and a half or so all night long. One night i let her sleep on her tummy ( i took all animals, passy and loose blankets out of her crib.) and she slept all the way through the night. :) My personal opion is if you can get your child to comfortably sleep on his or her back then yes, let them, but if not find out what work for your baby. Oh yeah they defanitly need to sleep on there back or side until they can lift there head up... then whatever is most comfortable. I hope it all works out for you! :)

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