My 5 month old will only sleep soundly on his stomach...

Sara - posted on 11/26/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 5 month old will sleep soundly on his stomach but if you lay him down on his back he is awake and crying within 5 to 10 minutes. My husband is certain we should not let him sleep on his stomach no matter what. He is in a crib without a bumper or blankets in a smoke free home. What should we do?

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Catlyn - posted on 04/06/2013

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my 6 months n 2 weeks old baby get cat naps 2 weeks ago.she was a wonderful napper.she naps 2 hours for 3 naps per day.but recently she will just take 30-40mins nap except i put her on tummy n she will nap up to an hour or 1.5 hours. another concern is if i put her down on her back she keep on rubbing her nose/face n wake herself up. If i put her on side,she seems like wants to roll over till she wakes up.any suggestion or any moms face the same problem.i am a new mom.she is my 1st baby

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Erin - posted on 11/27/2008

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Hiya Sara, you know the saying let sleeping dogs lie...when i was growing up it was always sleep on stomach still the same when my sister come a long she was a back sleeper the nurses weren't impressed, then it changed. If he is happy leave him but i would still be checking on him and i agree with beth no toys bummers or pillows. Good Luck

Deb - posted on 11/26/2008

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My second daughter started sleeping on her belly around 6 mos. We kept rolling her over and she would roll right back. I was also concerned, so I asked the pediatrician. She said that she was strong enough to keep an open airway and not to worry. I also used an Angelcare baby monitor that would sound if your baby stops breathing, so that helped ease my mind. Both you and your precious baby need a good nights sleep! Some babies have very strong personalities and know what they want from an early age!

Beth - posted on 11/26/2008

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Both of my children slept soundly on their stomachs, after many sleepless nights on their backs. I know the advise is "back to sleep". I believe that if your son can move his head freely and wouldn't be "trapped" with his face in the mattress (because he does not yet have good head and neck movement), then I think you should do what you feel is best for him and his sleep. If you are uncomfortable with the idea, or your husband, it might be a re-affirming idea to schedule a nap time when you can remain within visual distance and watch him to see that he IS moving his head to keep his airway free of obstruction....or....invest in a camera baby monitor where you can watch him. I firmly believe that the pediatrician recommendation of "back to sleep" is the general rule, but if your baby is able to move about freely, and if your baby gets good sleep in a favorite position, then you should do what you feel is right for him. Both of mine started sleeping on their belly when they were about this age, and it made all of our lives better....better sleep...happier baby...happier mommy and daddy. I would continue to keep crib free of bumper and pillows until your little guy can sit up in the crib, just to be safe. Best of luck on this!

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