Babies sleeping on their tummy's

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 41 moms have responded )

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When I had my 3 yr old, I was told that babies can't sleep on their tummy's, but my 4 month old keeps rolling over on to her tummy, should I leave her alone and let her sleep like that at night??

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Valerie - posted on 10/14/2011

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There are so many things that can happen to our children that we have no control over. we just need to do the best we can. I have yet to see any studies about using various household items that may or may not be toxic. so while that may play a factor we will drive ourselves crazy with the what ifs. There are so many studies out there about SIDS that give us verified information about what lowers the risks. for example vaccines have been show to reduce the risk of SIDS. overheating increases the risk so make sure your baby isn't too hot at night. others have mentioned no pillows or other soft objects in the crib. good ventilation and fans running also reduce the risk. motherhood can be scary. there are so many unknowns and that is very hard to accept. but unfortunately I am not all knowing and so I must focus on sticking to what I do know and leaving the rest to God. Anyone who takes the time to truly research the dangersnand make as an informed decision as possible should know what a great mother they are, no matter what happens.

Constance - posted on 10/14/2011

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Nadia, I have a very close friend who lost her 5 month old son to SIDS. I have done my research. I don't believe in scaring moms so badly that they can't sleep or function being afraid of their baby not waking up.

Amy - posted on 10/14/2011

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could also be toxic chemicals in some of the vaccines too. but yes..all kinds of toxins in homes now that people aren't even aware of. my baby is now 4 months old also and rolls herself silly. She sleeps longer on her belly. I sure let her sleep that way.

Nadia - posted on 10/13/2011

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What I think SIDS is from is our overabundance of toxic chemicals used to manufacture almost everything we buy for our homes and bodies. Just look at the back of any baby shampoo and try to pronounce the word that was created in a lab under extreme conditions and then tested out on the general public even after animal tests have shown serious side effects. Anyways, PBDE and deca can be found in furniture and Americans have levels of flame retardants (used in couches, kids clothes, and mattresses) 10 times higher than those of Europeans and Japanese. It is possible that there is a toxic cumulative effect of these chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that America allows our babies and ourselves to come in contact with everyday. When you consider that babies put their hands in their mouths alot more than adults, toxic effects could be much more likely. Also, consider that while sleeping on their stomachs, they are breathing in the off gases (particularly of newer mattresses and furniture). I got the idea from the book Super natural Home. Highly recommend. solutions would be to get a matress cover after letting it air out quite a bit and of course organic mattress would be best as it is not made with any toxic coatings or fumes, etc.

Megan - posted on 03/30/2011

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I remember reading The American Academy of Pediatrics says that using sleep positioners can actually increase the risk of SIDS, so either, there's that risk. But if she can roll over by herself, she should be fine to sleep that way if she rolls.

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Sofia - posted on 01/19/2012

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No not yet not until she knows how to keep her head up and turn her head from left to right. you should probably wait until shes 6 months .

Sarah - posted on 01/19/2012

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I have always laid my daughter down on her back and she almost always ends up on her tummy. She is 18 months old now & this doesn't seem to be changing but also doesn't seem to be a problem.

Just make sure her face isn't covered & keep the crib free of lots of blankets and things till her doc says she's old enough.

Other than that let her sleep. With 2 kids, I'm sure you deserve the peace! ;)

Nadia - posted on 01/19/2012

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Constance, there is a difference between taking precautions and ignoring evidence that could help reduce death of our children!!

Sheri - posted on 10/15/2011

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if your baby rolls over to thier belly leave them just make sure that they can breath thier face is not covered up.

Nadia - posted on 10/14/2011

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Constance...that is great that you are comfortable sleeping. So many other moms wish they had taken extra precautions and wish they hadn't felt so comfortable. Bad advice! We need to ask ourselves "what could be causing SIDS?" Might it be the toxic way we live?....It's a place to start!

Constance - posted on 10/13/2011

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I asked my mom this question when I was pregnant with my first. Her response was. "If you want to sleep then you will let that baby sleep the way that baby wants to sleep."

I have 8 and I have had a lot of really good nights of sleep letting the babies sleep what ever way they are comfortable.

Misti - posted on 05/29/2011

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My son just turned 4 months a few days ago and he has slept on his tummy since he was about 3 weeks old. He sleeps propped up on a boppy and won't sleep any other way. We check on him all the time and he has head great head control for a good two months now. He sleeps through the night now and has since we started putting him down on his tummy. Of course we would never tell our Dr. that.I think him sleeping this way has also helped him gain more upper body strength as well because when he wakes up he pushes himself up and looks around for a good 20-30 minutes each morning.

Cammille - posted on 03/31/2011

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Someone mentioned the things for babies to keep them from rolling... once they can roll...they shouldnt use them. And some have even been recalled. But as for sleeping on their tummies... before it was "back to sleep" they told parents that tummy was safest for them. My 4 yr old was a tummy only baby...didnt matter what I did, my 3 yr old... a back baby... my 10 month old is a side sleeper for the most part. If you feel comfortable letting your 4 month old sleep on her tummy *she lifts her head up, keeps her head to the side so her face isnt in the mattress ect.* you should be just fine.. I just went with the flow with what my kiddos preferred

Samantha - posted on 03/31/2011

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My son has always slept on his tummy since the day we brought him home from the hospital. Never had any problems with it. The doctor just said to feel his tummy ever so often and make sure nothing feels abnormal. Hes 10 months now and every night has slept on his tummy.

WENDY - posted on 03/30/2011

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The only way my son would sleep was on his belly from day one. If she can rool over by herself I would let her be.

Kristi - posted on 03/30/2011

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My daughter was 3 months old when she started to roll over. She would go to sleep every night on her back but would wake up on her tummy. I would always have her in warm jammies since i wouldnt put a blanket in her crib. She is now 20 months and I still dont allow pillows in her bed. She has a blanket but its only a baby blanket so that she cant get tangled up if she is covered at night. By the time she wakes up in the morning her blanket is on the floor. As long as your baby is rolling over it will be ok.

Katie - posted on 03/30/2011

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When both my babies were old enough to roll and have a preference for sleeping on their tummies i didn't keep getting up to turn them back over. Both kids still sleep on their tummies now and are fine.

Nicole - posted on 03/29/2011

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all three of my kids slept on their tummys and if they are big enough to hold their heds up and roll over then let them sleep how they want

Tinker1987 - posted on 03/29/2011

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Im having the same issue my son just turned 4 months and he can go from back to belly np but to get back to his back he isnt doing it yet so i check on him all night and ive turne dhim back on his back without trying to wake him up,when i first lay him to sleep i put 2 rolled up towels on each side and leave him there for 2-3 hours while im still awake in other parts of the house,then when im ready to go to bed myself ill check on him again and take the towels out,useally it works all night once he is asleep and cant roll from the towels being in the way i dont have to worry.when i go to bed ill hear on the monitor if he is moving then ill know again if he flipped on his belly. you could try Swaddling your baby,helps prevent them from rolling but i cant seem to swaddle right my baby finds his way out of it...!

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my ped said that they are fine if they put themselves in that position then they can get out so dont worry. just make sure you dont use any sleep positioners they are not recommended anymore.

Charity - posted on 03/29/2011

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My son was the same way...I couldn't keep him on his back any longer he has been sleeping on his tummy ever since...btw I would think that putting rolled up towels in their crib would pose a greater risk of suffocation than them actually sleeping on their tummy but thats just me :)

Jamie - Lee - posted on 03/29/2011

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I never used the wedges... I just let my son sleep the way he wanted to... I find that there's no reason to disrupt his sleep... if he's happy then i am happy... My son is 14 months now and still sleeps on his stomach

Amy - posted on 03/29/2011

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just wanted to put in that those wedge things are actually a SIDS risk now. Because they can roll off them and then against them and suffocate. May want to look into that one.

Amy - posted on 03/29/2011

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I only put mine on their backs until they could roll over themselves. Once they can roll onto tummies by themselves I never worried about it, just kept stuffed animals and things like that they could roll against out of the crib.

Candy - posted on 03/29/2011

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Both of mine sleep on their tummys. If they can roll over by them selves you have no worries.

Nikkole - posted on 03/28/2011

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My daughter is almost 9 months and she is a crazy sleeper i put her on her back at first but then she sleeps on her tummy with her little butt up in the air lol but i cant keep her on her back! I just make sure she dressed warm and no blankies or stuffed animals (she sleeps in her pack n play) so no loose sheets. id say let your baby sleep!

Annette - posted on 03/28/2011

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I really wouldn't leave her on her tummy... my 5 month likes to fall sleep on his tummy during tummy time but sids scares me so much I turn him back around almost immediatley, they breath better on their back or you could always try letting her sleep on her side inbetwee those baby wedge things, if she likes to roll put a rolled blanket in front of her that way when she tries to roll she only can go to her back :)

Stacy - posted on 03/28/2011

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I believe that if you are a really good and responsive parent it shouldnt matter. When my son was a baby I found that if I put him to sleep on his back, he was sure to be up every 2 hours, but on his stomach, he was out ALL night. He was either sleeping close by or the monitor was eight there, and i periodically checked up on him. He's almost 8 now, and the same goes for my 7 month old daughter. So I say to each his own!

Samantha - posted on 03/28/2011

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i would let he be i was told the same but i felt she would sleep how she was comfortable.

Valerie - posted on 03/28/2011

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When it comes to SIDS....I do all the things I can control, but then leave the rest to God. I keep the ceiling fan on, keep her in sleep sacks instead of blankets (or else I use a long blanket that can be tucked tightly on both ends under the mattress) and things like that. But when they're able to move around and roll around you'll drive yourself insane trying to keep them in one spot. keep a fan going, make sure there aren't a lot of loose articles or large pillows in with her, and then let her make herself comfortable.

User - posted on 03/28/2011

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Even when I put my on their backs, they always rolled over to their tummies! I think if they can roll over themselves, it should be ok. Of course, I'm no doctor! www.rebeccabany.com

Chairettie - posted on 03/28/2011

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you can lay them on their backs but if they are rolling over already you can not control that unless you plan checking in ever 1/2 hour or so - I think your LO will be fine :o)

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2011

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"Back is best" and you should always lay her down on her back, but if she rolls to her tummy, it's okay to leave her like that. Just make sure you don't allow any loose blankets in the crib with her that could get tangled when she rolls (my LO sleeps in a Halo sleepsack, which works really well).

Teresa - posted on 03/27/2011

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my now 6year old did that too..i left him to it..he could hold his head up and he could roll over on his own..
my middle child never did it but now my last baby does it too..i checkhim before i go to bed and if hes on his tummy i roll him onot his back..lucky for me he doesnt wake up..but by morning i find hes on his tummy playing with his glowbug anyway....

Erin - posted on 03/27/2011

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it all depens on if she can hold her head up and roll herself back once my kids could do both of these i didn't worry myself to much but still would keep an eye on them

Marylea - posted on 03/27/2011

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They say that as soon as your baby can roll to their stomach themself its fine for them to sleep that way.

Belinda - posted on 03/27/2011

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I agree with Jennifer, from my understanding, it is important to place babies on their backs to sleep, however nobody has ever told me to roll my daughter onto her back if she rolled onto her stomach while sleeping, and I have not seen ANY literature stating that, however there may be some out there.



When my daughter was about the same age I was very concerned about this - she started rolling at around the same time as yours - no matter what I did she would just roll back onto her tummy or I would disturb her sleep. It wasn't worth the battle, I would have had to stay up all night.So I left her to it after trying to find out everything that I could. However I could not find out anything specifically related to this.



I would also be very careful of those sleep positioners, some have been found to be unsafe and have been recalled. I also think that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not feel that they are safe or needed.



http://www.healthychildren.org/English/a...



and http://www.healthychildren.org/English/n...

Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2011

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I've heard if they can get themselves on their tummy they should be fine. I would ask your doctor but I think she should be fine.

Chrissy - posted on 03/27/2011

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they really say not to let them sleep on there tummy due to sids.....my daughter used to do the same so i used to roll up a towel for each side of her and prop her on her side and over a short time just would ease her onto her back each night so she could get comfy with being on her back, she got the hang of sleeping on her back and didnt need towel anymore, they do sell sleeping apparatas for babys to keep them from rolling onto there tummy and that are safe material for bubs,you can get them at k-mart,big w,target or any baby store

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