Sleeping on knees!?!?

Danielle - posted on 01/15/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son is a year old and for a couple months now he has been sleeping on his belly with his knees tucked up under him like he is in a bowing position...? Does any other babies do this? Any ideas why? Its pretty cold outside and he always pushes his blankets off so I wonder if he is trying to keep warm. But really, I have no idea. Is this normal?

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Melanie - posted on 09/02/2012

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I love that I can get real responses here! My husband and I were a little concerned about how our son sleeps. He's got a bit of a cough and I found him sleeping in a 'bowing' position. I figure as long as he's breathing fine- not coughing- and doesn't fuss, he's fine. He moves all over his bed in the course of a night. He's old enough to change position if he's uncomfortable. A nurse also informed me that as long as he seems rested when he wakes up then he's fine. If a child is consistently waking up irritable or fussy then you should discuss possible sleep issues.

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Amanda - posted on 01/25/2010

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Mine does this all the time...i'm sure it's just a comfort thing- like being in the fetal position

Shelly - posted on 01/18/2010

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my daughter is the same way she has been sleeping like that ever since she learned how to roll over. about the cover thing i don't know she is hot natured so i just keep her in the feeted pajamas so she can uncover if she wants to.

Kari - posted on 01/17/2010

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Ok so I am totally on my way to get my husband so he can read all of this as he thinks the kids are uncomfortable when they do this and that it could hinder their breathing. But the thing of it sometimes I catch my 9 year old doing it too.

Gina - posted on 01/17/2010

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oh my, my son dose this every night and at nap time too. he wont keep his blankets on for the life of him. i usually go in his room before i got to bed to put his blanket on him and sure enough 5 minutes later he pulls it off. I just think hes overly warm most of the time. he runs hot all the time cuz he gets it from his father. i have asked my doctor about the sleeping on the kees and she just says its a normal sleep positions for infants and toddlers. they are resorting back to that positon from inside us. she says not to worry at all. she says some preschools do it too. its just comforable for some. I wouldn't worry about it! but if you want some medical advice it would hurt to ask your doctor to just get a profesional opinon. hope this helps!

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Jane - posted on 01/25/2010

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it's normal. i liked this position b/c it allowed me to change our 2 1/2 yr old's diaper in the middle of the night if she had a bad diaper rash and she wouldn't wake up. i called it the "oven stuffer roaster turkey" position. and both of our kids hate blankets. regardless of what season it is. my mother watched our 2 1/2 yr old kick blankets off when she was younger and shook her head and said, "you're just like your mother. i couldn't keep a blanket on her either."

Nikki - posted on 01/23/2010

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My daughter is a year old as well and she's been sleeping like that for months. She seems quite comfortable that way...I have no idea why she does it, but however she's comfortable is fine I guess :)

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nice to hear its normal my one year old sleeps like this&i hate it because i feel she cant breathe with her face straight down on her cot mattress.i no she likes to sleep this way as no matter what i do to change her position she gos back to this way of sleeping.she has been doing this since 7 months.she hates blankets while sleeping and in her buggy to.its doing no harm so i don't mind it now&like another mom said its how the were inside womb..

Susan - posted on 01/20/2010

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yes must be nomal my girl does it to and wont sleep in fleeses suits because her feet get to hot like her daddy lol i just try to keep the room as warm as possable till i go to bed they sleep how ever they are comfptable thro think its impossable to keep blankets on them

Samantha - posted on 01/18/2010

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My boy also does it, we have some classic photos lol. he also used to push his blanket off. we tryed those sleeping bag things and it at least keeps him warm

Clare - posted on 01/18/2010

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yep my daughter does it to, she wears a sleeping bag so nice and warm.

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2010

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Haha I had to laugh because both of my kids sleep this way! I think it's totally normal. They sleep in the most uncomfortable looking positions, don't they?

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My son will be turning one next friday and he does the exact same thing.he does it cause he is comfortable.its the only way he will sleep.i turn the heat on in the bedroom on 20 an hr before he goes to bed.he does'nt sleep with a blanket.my other son did the same thing when he was a baby.it makes babies feel like there in a fetal position.like they were in your stomach.it makes them feel safe and comfortable.i would'nt worry about it.also babies that age are not suppose to have blankets in the crib.its not safe.like i said i put the heat on 20 and put an undershirt on my son and warm pj's on him going to bed.

Holly - posted on 01/16/2010

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My daughter sleeps like that too. Its really cute....except for the giant red mark on her forehead when she wakes up. I still put her in a sleep sack over her footed pajamas to make sure she is warm enough but we live in upstate NY and its been really cold here.

Heather - posted on 01/16/2010

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My 2 yr. daughter and 1 yr. old daughter sleep in that same position alot too!! It normal!! Both of my daughters also throw their covers off at night!! They get to hot with them on!!! I have just always thought that they got it from their dad!! He sleeps that way too! lol

Shaina - posted on 01/16/2010

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I loved when my kids did that...they all did it until about 1 1/2 years old and I just made sure they were in those footie pjs so they stayed warm. They get over it. It's just a part of learning to comfort themselves without waking up all the way. I bet you roll over and pull your legs up from time to time during the night, too. They're just a little more flexible. :-)

Kristy - posted on 01/15/2010

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well they did spend a good amount of time in that position in the womb. it's probably just a comforting position for them. my son will sleep like that with his thumb in his mouth for hours!

Katie - posted on 01/15/2010

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My 1 yr old daughter sleeps the same way.My 2 yr old son also sleeps that way sometimes.They look so cute when they are like that, their little butts are up in the air!I think it's just a natural thing they just do!

Danielle - posted on 01/15/2010

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ha... the fetal position... I dont know why that didnt occur to me! Thanks for the info. =D

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2010

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My son does that. He pushes his comforter to the foot of the bed and puts his securitiy blanket under his face. His doc. calls it the fetal position, they sleep like that in your belly. Its normal, I think its cute!

Khena - posted on 01/15/2010

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lol. my 12 months old daughter sleeps in the same position. it's the only position she can fall asleep in. i live in cali so the weather isn't so bad, but her room is colder than the rest of the house. my hubby and i would put a blanket on her but she pushes it off too. she doesn't like to sleep with the blanket on. i think and believe that they sleep this way cuz it's easier to breathe. it looks uncomfortable to us especially when her face gets all smooched up, but i know she gets good airway. if it's not comfortable she would roll into another position. i say, if they are sleeping through the night without any problem...let them sleep how ever they want.

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