Sleeping on tummy!

Renee - posted on 10/02/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Ok, quick question! My almost four month old has been rolling over to her tummy for a couple of weeks now, but now she has started rolling over to her tummy during the night! Before when she would roll to her tummy during the night she would wake up crying cause she didn't like it, but now she almost likes lying on her tummy! What do I do? I can't sleep very good cause I worry about her! Please help!

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Tanya - posted on 11/24/2010

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My baby is 5 months old now, but at 4 months she started doing the same thing. Now, regardless if I lay her down on her back, she always rolls over on her tummy and sleeps through the night that way. If your little girl is able to lift her head and hold it up while on her tummy it's much safer to sleep this way than if she can't. Just make sure she doesnt have anything up against her nose like toys or blankets.

Ashley - posted on 11/24/2010

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My son sleeps on his tummy... and has since he was about 1 month old. I know they're not supposed to.. but he's used to it & REFUSES to sleep on his back anyway...but now he's rolling over onto his back in the night & waking himself up... if she likes to sleep on her tummy better, try it out..

Leah - posted on 11/24/2010

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my bub is 5 and a half months old and has been rolling onto his tummy to sleep also. I was very paranoid the first night and check him constantly , but its been nearly a week now and he sleeps alot better. As long as they have good head controlled my child health nurse told me to try not to worry. Whatever works for your baby I think

Sheree - posted on 11/22/2010

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Both my boys have slept on there tummys with my now 3 year old i always had to go check on him but with my 4 month old i have a breathing montior that goes under the matteress then if he stops breathing the alarm goes off i am not sure where you get them from i got mine from a friend but i sleep alot better :-)

Christina - posted on 11/07/2010

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http://www.parents.com/baby/health/sids/...

"back to sleep" it became a slogan for a reason! I find it extremely odd that mommies in here have let their babies sleep on their tummies from the get go. Now as for a baby rolling over on their own, there really isn't anything you can do other than what others have mentioned, tight fitting sheets, no blankets, toys etc. If your being preventative in the other ways that you can take control of, I'm sure your lil one will be just fine!

http://www.parents.com/baby/health/sids/...

Amanda - posted on 10/16/2010

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Make sure she is warm enough. A cold baby will roll onto their tummy to get warmer. Check out www.saveoursleep.com.au - might help out.

Nikki - posted on 10/14/2010

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My daughter is 4 months old, and since she has been able to lift her head up and prop herself up on her arms, she has not slept on her back. If she rolls to her back and can't quite get herself all the way back to her tummy she will start crying until I get up to put her back on her belly. I actually did what channelle had said. I put her on her belly when she naps during the day so I could keep an eye on her to see how she did, and she was fine. If your daughter is rolling on her own anyways, there really isn't much you can do to control her when she is asleep. If she likes it, then I would just let her sleep how she is comfterable.

Sheena - posted on 10/14/2010

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Usually, when they are able to roll over like that awake or asleep there's nothing to worry about. It just means that she and her body have grown and has adapted to the new ability. Now I am not a doctor, but I remembered reading something or watching a Q&A with a doctor that said something to the effect of it being ok. If you are really concerned or if your child has health issues call your pediatrician. GOOD LUCK!

Nina - posted on 10/14/2010

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Yeah, let ur lil' one decide her fav sleep position.. mine sleeps on her side or her tummy almost all the time... and i dont see any harm in that.... jus make sure the sheets r not over her face, and u relax! :)

Tanisha - posted on 10/13/2010

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My daughter for the first time rolled over in her sleep last night. Ive heard that the sleep positioners are harmful to the child. My daughter usually sleeps on her side, that is where she is most comfortable. I would just let her do her own thing, as long as she is comfortable. Just make sure that there it nothing that she can sufficate on.

Courtney - posted on 10/13/2010

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My son has recently discovered enjoying sleeping nearly on his tummy as well. I just believe that if it's comfortable for them they will be fine. Plus, if they are capable to roll over from tummy to back on their own they should be perfectly fine as well. As in, if they aren't happy/comfortable on their tummy they can easily roll themselves over. Plus, you can always go in and check on them as many times you want... that never hurts anyone.

Kelly - posted on 10/13/2010

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my son is also a tummy sleeper. has been since like aweek old. only way he will sleep. if it works for the child then let it be i say... that doesnt mean im not more watchful of his sleeping times as i do worry about SIDS but i also want my child to sleep

Stacey - posted on 10/12/2010

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The American Association of Pediatrics has released a statement recently advising against sleep positioners. They are more harmful than good.

Channelle - posted on 10/11/2010

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my son sleeps on his tummy as done from day 1.. bt if your not sure put her on her tummy during the day while your awake then when you feel confident, then let her sleep on her tummy at night.

Sharon - posted on 10/11/2010

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if your worried buy a movement monitor i ave one and its the best thing i ave ever bought .... you can get them from argos or off kiddiecare.com

Juli - posted on 10/09/2010

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Hey Renee my 4 month old does the same thing you just need to make sure there isn't extra blankets or toys that can smother her face make sure the sheets are tight on the crib and she should be just fine. Many years ago our parents put us to sleep on our tummy's and we are fine. They also have this thing now that you clip on the babys diaper and it tells if the baby is moving even the littlest bit and if they stop moving for 5 sec it send out an alarm. I saw it on the TV show "the doctors" You could always use something like that to put you at ease.

Stephanie - posted on 10/09/2010

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My son has slept on his tummy since 4 weeks old cos there was no other way he would go to sleep, I think as long as the baby can lift/move there head and there are no other risk factors for SIDS it is fine. And if she is rolling there herself it shows she is strong enough to move if she needs to.

Angela - posted on 10/07/2010

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My son is 4 months old and only likes to sleep on his tummy now. Theres nothing I can do about it except check on him to make sure hes fine. Hes never given me a scare. I used to try to roll him back over but he will not sleep like that. I dont even worry anymore hes really strong.

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Sleep positioners have been recalled and are not recommended by the AAP. Continue to put your baby to sleep on her back, and continue to take all possible steps to prevent SIDS (remove all extra blankets, stuffed animals and fluffy bumpers from the crib etc.) but if she is able to easily roll herself over and does so frequently while she sleeps, then she is already at a decreased risk for SIDS and should be able to turn her head to breathe and/or turn herself to a position that is comfortable for breathing. Call your doctor for more advice/reassurance, but unless you watch her sleep all night long, you won't be able to prevent her from rolling over if that is what she wants to do!

Katrina - posted on 10/07/2010

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my baby does that but she has lernt that she has to turn her head or she wont be able to breath good xx
me and my fella woke up ever hour to c if she was ok n she was, but dont go on what i say ur baby is total different ask ur health visator!!

Renee - posted on 10/07/2010

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Yeah, I am finding out that I am not going to be able to keep my daughter from sleeping on her stomach...she loves it and it seems to be the only position the is comfortable to her! Kid has got a mind of her own already...lol!

Amber - posted on 10/07/2010

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My daughter has always slept on her tummy, and she has done fine. She actually loves it! :-)

Brittany - posted on 10/06/2010

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the sleep postioner can help from walmart. but my daughter had a stomach phase. now she prefers her side

Renee - posted on 10/02/2010

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thanks! i have been told by a few friends that i should just let her do it! I have heard those things u put in their crib to get them to stop rolling over is not always safe and doesnt always work! i think i might go for just letting her do her thing!

Lisa - posted on 10/02/2010

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my daughter sleeps on her tummy all night thats the only way she will stay asleep theres nothing u can do if she likes it let her go

Casey - posted on 10/02/2010

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you can buy things to put in the cot that stops them from rolling over, not too sure where you can get them from any baby store i guess and they arent exspensive either.

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