rolling over while sleeping and waking up as a result

Shivali - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I just had one of the worst nights with my son (5mo)...he was waking himself up every half hour because he kept rolling on to his tummy or to the sides of the crib and getting stuck in awkward positions. I don't know how to get him to stay in place, we barely slept at all last night and I'm afraid this is going to be an ongoing issue....any suggestions???

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Hope - posted on 03/18/2009

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i used a baby wedge type thing.. its like two pieces of memory foam covered with a material, baby print or whatever and it had velcro holding it together so you can adjust the wedges to the size of your baby. it was great and my son slept so much better, and it will get better!! enjoy.

Tammy - posted on 03/18/2009

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You can roll up some towles and put then each side of your baby. You can buy wedges to keep baby in place as well, check the internet you may find the in mother care as wel

Alleane - posted on 03/17/2009

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Quoting Shivali:

rolling over while sleeping and waking up as a result

I just had one of the worst nights with my son (5mo)...he was waking himself up every half hour because he kept rolling on to his tummy or to the sides of the crib and getting stuck in awkward positions. I don't know how to get him to stay in place, we barely slept at all last night and I'm afraid this is going to be an ongoing issue....any suggestions???



Babies R Us sells a padded thing that keeps the little munchkin from rolling over.  I forget what it is called - but it's basically 2 parallel triangular shaped foam wedges with a strip of fabric in between that is just wide enough for baby to sleep between without being able to roll over.    The foam is firm and doesn't go near the baby's face so you won't have to worry about suffocating.



You probably won't need this thing for long - but I think it's worth spending money on for your sleep and sanity.



If you go to the store and ask for help they should be able to show you the product based on the description of your problem.

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Kelly - posted on 03/17/2009

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I'm almost relieved to hear that other moms are having this problem.  My son who is now 3, never seemed to have this problem.  Once he started sleepping through the night, that was it-no matter what position he was in.  Sometimes he looks like a pretzel.  My daughter, on the other hand, is a different story.  Usually all I have to do is give her the pacifier and wrap/swaddle her snug and she goes back to sleep, but she wakes up about 4-5 times a night.  It's been going on for over a week.  I don't think the positioners would work, she's pretty strong and rolls over obsticles well.  I think that I will try a rolled towel before I spend the money on a positioner thing.

Bethany - posted on 03/17/2009

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We went through this too and it really did only last a night or two. He still rolls around a lot- he's actually doing it right now, haha!- but it doesn't wake him anymore. And sometimes he also sleeps on his belly- although most times on his side or back. Hopefully this will happen with you, too!

Caroline - posted on 03/17/2009

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hi, my little girl is a wriggler too. her growbag (baby sleeping bag) seems to stop her from getting stuck in any awkward positions and keeps her warm wherever she ends up in her cot! luckily she can roll back tho so i don't need to worry about rolling her back from her tummy to her back. i also found that a light, breathable blanket over her legs and babygrow stopped her wriggling a bit and kept her on her back for longer. be careful of tog rating tho as don't want to overheat baby if you do try this x

Alison - posted on 03/17/2009

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We had the same problem we our son.  He started about the same age.  He would roll over in the night and be frightened and start screaming.  We tried rolling a towel beside him and those sleep positioners but he's a real wiggler and would scoot out the top.  We eventually gave up and a day or two later he settled and now prefers to sleep on his belly.  It's not recomended but now if we roll him back he instantly rolls himself back to his belly.  We also keep him swaddled at sleep times and that helps him to roll on his own and not get stuck on his arms.  Don't worry he'll likely work it out on his own.

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