How can I stop my baby from rolling over at night?

Jen - posted on 10/03/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my almost 5 moth old used to sleep peacefully through the night... but ever since we moved her from her bassinet to her crib she wakes herself up by rolling over onto her tummy. I get the hole let them cry thing but then there's "back is best" (and judging from her cries, back is how my daughter is most comfortable). So how can we get back to sleeping at night without rolling over? Help!!



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Faye - posted on 10/03/2012

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If the baby is rolling over then they have enough neck control to do so. It is normal for a baby to roll onto its tummy from its back and be scared the first few times. Just wait until she stands the first time in her crib and can't figure out how to get back down. Each time she learns something different, it will scare her a bit.

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It is fine to leave them on their tummies if they roll over that way at night. Most babies have a few weeks of bad sleep after they have learned a new skill. My son slept horribly for a few weeks after learning to roll over and crawl.



Don't rush in and try to correct it. You'll honestly only make it worse, she'll then expect you to do it for her. Then you'll have a mess on your hands at night for much longer. Try setting a mirror outside her crib where she can't reach, but can still see herself. That might help her with the anxiety she is having over suddenly being able to roll over.

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Jen - posted on 10/04/2012

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Thanks for the reassurance, just nice to know I'm not doing the wrong thing. I like the mirror idea... we'll try that tonight.

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