has anyone started letting their babies sleep on tummy

Asia - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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i just was curious when it is okay to let baby start napping or sleeping on their tummy & if anyone has started to yet

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Lorin - posted on 08/31/2010

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same as jessica, my 7 1/2 month old has done it since he could roll over both directions. doc said it was fine as long as he was putting himself on his tummy, not me. now that he's older i do sometimes put him on his tummy, so i can rub his back. he's proficient at turning his face and rolling to his back if he wants to so no more danger.

p.s. risk of SIDS decreases significantly at 6 months because of the rolling capability.

Jessica - posted on 08/31/2010

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As soon as they could roll over on their own I let my girls sleep however they wanted. One wants to sleep on her tummy and the other one depends on her mood.

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Caitlin - posted on 06/29/2011

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My daughter has slept on her belly since she could roll over. As long as they can roll over they are fine. She even has a small firm pillow.

Jennifer - posted on 06/28/2011

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My pediatrician said once they can roll onto their tummy by themselves, they are usually fine to nap or sleep on their tummies.

Catherine - posted on 06/24/2011

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I have a 2 year old and i can lay her on her back and though the night when I check on her she is rolling around and is fine in my opion as long as the child is able to get air while they ae sleeping then its shouldnt matter what way they are laying

Dale - posted on 12/01/2010

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Both of my babies ( 4 yr old daughter & 10 month old son) were tummy sleepers from day one despite what is recommended. However, my son of course is very active so i lay him on his back now and he positions himself to what is comfortable.

Melissa - posted on 11/30/2010

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My daughter has been sleeping on her tummy every since she was able to turn over on her own, she was about 2 months old and there was no stoping her.

Cassandra - posted on 11/30/2010

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Yes my son has been sleeping on his tummy since he was able to roll over onto it. And the doctors say when they are able to roll over there is no sense in trying to keep them off of it. So I didn't fight with him anymore. I still put him in his crib on his back but he ends up rolling over anyways. I was also told that once they reach the stage of rolling over they are able to realize when their noses are covered and they can move.

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2010

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mine has pretty much always slept on his tummy thats the only way he'd sleep someone told me that that's how we all slept when we were kids on our stomach and we're okay i put him in his crib on his back but as soon as i set him down he goes to his side or on his stomach hes all over his crib .

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i lay my daughter down in her cot on her back and she normally rolls onto her tummy to sleep shes pretty capable of moving things away from her face if it gets in her way :)

Aubrey - posted on 11/12/2010

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when they start rolling over on there own, it really isn't a problem when they sleep on there tummy. But when you still lay them down, its still a good idea to lay them on there back. :)

Megan - posted on 11/11/2010

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I don't lay her down on her back but if she rolls to her stomach I don't roll her back. Doctor said it was okay as soon as she could roll herself around.

Cassandra - posted on 11/11/2010

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My son started that when he figured out he could roll over. And once they figure that out there is no stopping them from sleeping on their tummys. I asked my pediatrician about it and they said by that time they know how to move their heads if they are border lining on smothering themselves.

Cheyenne - posted on 10/29/2010

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my son slept on his tummy right away. he hardly ever slept on his back. now tha he can move the way he wants, sometimes i find him on his side or on his back

Kelsey - posted on 10/28/2010

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you should always put babies down on their back, the risk of SIDs is still very real for older infants, but if they roll over onto their tummies then they are fine.

Erin - posted on 10/28/2010

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I put our daughter down on her back or side, but she usually ends up sleeping on her stomach. That is how we usually find her in the morning, in like a crawling position with her face planted against the mattress! If she can't breathe, she will move, so I'm not real worried.

Amanda - posted on 10/08/2010

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As long as the baby can roll over, he or she can sleep on tummy! Straight from my doctors mouth, because (starting at a month old) my little monster rolls over to his tummy almost immediately after falling asleep!

Ashlee - posted on 09/27/2010

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my daughter wouldnt sleep on her back as soon as she could roll over. I asked her doctor and he said put her on her back at night but if she rolls over its not a big deal just make sure she doesnt have anything to block her airway like a stuffed animal in her crib.

Candace - posted on 09/27/2010

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yup same as others as soon as mine could roll over the layed how they wanted.

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yes my son is now a side/tummy sleeper! he also slept pretty good on his back but the tummy is his spot for sure!

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As soon as they can roll over it should be fine. After all, if they want to sleep on their belly, they're going to roll that way anyway. Kendall LOVES to sleep on her tummy.

Lisa - posted on 09/25/2010

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Our doctor said if my daughter can roll over by herself then she is ok to sleep however she is comfortable. She used to get stuck on her tummy and get very upset, but now she is able to correct herself most of the time and falls asleep on her side or her tummy.

Jessica - posted on 09/25/2010

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I started my son on his back but since he has been mobile, he rolls himself on his belly and falls asleep. He has been doing this for about a month now. As long as they're able to roll and lift their heads its okay!

Paula - posted on 09/25/2010

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I have because my little man will just roll there by himself now. He seems to settle better on his belly than anywhere else now. Last night I was watching him sleep on his belly and he seemed to be quite content :) Not sure what the rules are though!!

Dionne - posted on 09/24/2010

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Just this past month or so my daughter who is 8 months now loves to sleep on her belly if she rolls to her back she wakes herself up but before she did this she always slept on her sides and would wake herself if she rolled on her belly .... cant win i guess lol

Rose - posted on 09/23/2010

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honestly, my son seems to sleep a lot better if I put him on his tummy. I will put him on his back but he will roll over to his tummy and sleep a lot better.

Amy - posted on 09/22/2010

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my baby is almost 8 months and she has been rolling over for 2 months now. whenever I lay her in her crib for a nap or bedtime she rolls on her tummy right away. Doc says once they do roll over on their own risk of SIDS goes way down, if she isnt rolling on her own yet and she falls asleep on her tummy, just keep eyes and ears on her and make sure her airway isnt blocked.

Cynthia - posted on 09/20/2010

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My son didn't go straight for tummy until about 6 months, but before that he was sleeping on his side. He's a pretty good size baby and no matter how many times I put him on his back he would end upon his side. My doctor said it fine. Of course now at 8 months he's all over the crib!

Kristin - posted on 09/18/2010

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I put my daughter down on her back when I put her to bed, but she always wakes up on her tummy with her little butt in the air. She won't actually sleep on her back anymore since she can roll around on her own. When she started rolling on her own, before she could roll back, she would cry and alert us of her predicament if she got stuck on her tummy. :)

Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2010

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at 6 months my son started sleepin on his tummy....he once in a while sleeps on his back but not often anymore.....at those ages they are rolling and turning alot so it's ok

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My girl has been sleeping on her tummy since she was about 4 months. She was already turning and rolling. Its the only way she will sleep; she hates being on her back.

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Angelique slept on het stomach from birth, she didn't want to sleep any other way. she only recently started to sleep on her back or sides. she is 8 months and 2 weeks

Leah - posted on 09/14/2010

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My bub has just started rolling on to his stomach in the cot when I put him down for a nap. It scared me at first but I just check on him every now and again. :)

Anna - posted on 08/31/2010

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From what I've been told by my pediatrician, once they can roll over from back to front and the reverse independently, the risk of SIDS is greatly reduced, so it's fine to let them stay on their tummies if they get there. My son is almost 8 months old and started sleeping on his tummy around 6 1/2 months. I let him stay that way as it's what he obviously prefers, and he seems to sleep better (his little butt ends up in the air and it's cute). Before that I would lay him on his side to help with his reflux, and when he was a newborn he slept in his car seat as he hated being flat on his back (reflux, again).

Melissa - posted on 08/31/2010

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My daughter started rolling over when she was 2 months old and since then there is no stoping her from sleeping on her stomach. She hates laying on her back and refuses to do it.

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