rolling over!!

Sabrina - posted on 03/05/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




my daughter is 3 1/2 months and shes rolling like crazy! but at night i put her on her back to sleep and in the morning shes on her tummy...

is it ok if she rolls by her self onto her belly during the night?


Tyrae - posted on 03/05/2011




you can also roll up a couple of receiving blankets and put them right under her arms on both sides, even that little ledge should prevent her from rolling over.


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Renae - posted on 03/06/2011




Most professionals, including SIDS associations, say to leave the baby on their tummy if they roll over that way themselves unless you can roll them back without waking them.

The risks associated with tummy sleeping have nothing to do with suffocating, the ability to roll back, the ability to lift their head or having soft things in the cot. Tummy sleeping is considered a risk because when on their tummies, babies usually go into a deeper sleep and in the past have gone into such a deep sleep that they stopped breathing. Until the late 90s we were told to put babies on their tummies to sleep because it made them sleep more deeply but then this deeper sleep was linked to SIDS and the recommendation changed in 1998.

The older a baby gets the less the risk of stopping breathing in their sleep is. However there is no research to say exactly when it is safe for them to sleep on their tummy. We do know that the risk is far higher for a newborn (up to 12 weeks) since their little brains are still getting used to performing normal regulatory tasks like breathing, heart pumping and temperature regulation.

If you are concerned, you can invest in a breathing monitor for peace of mind. There are several around. The one I used was called Anglecare Sound and Movement Monitor. It doubles as a normal monitor and also tells you the temperature in bubs room.

Jamie - posted on 03/05/2011




Well thanks Tonya Thompson goodness sakes I never heard any of this stuff and I used it on three of my four children as early as 4 years ago pheww

Belinda - posted on 03/05/2011




Don't worry about rolling over. It is not worth fighting with her - trust me. I had the same issue with my daughter. I just made sure that she had nothing lying around that she could smother on and left her to it. Lay her down on her back and let her do what she needs to do.

Jamie - posted on 03/05/2011




humm then may I suggest at bed time,use a wedge it prevents the child from rolling over, I don't know the name of it but it is 2 right angle wedges with cotton cover there is a strip of cloth that lays under the child while the wedges are on either side, at least until she is strong enough to roll over back/front etc. maybe someone knows the item I am talking about.

Jamie - posted on 03/05/2011




I feel if the child is strong enough to roll over front to back/back to front it is okay to let her sleep on her tummy at bed time. With my kids when they started doing this I just made sure everything was safe for them and let them have at it :-D

Keara - posted on 03/05/2011




yes, as long as shes not burying her face in thick cushions or blankets shes fine, she rolled onto her belly so she must be able to roll back

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