Sleeping on tummy?

Veronica - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Did anyone put their newborn on their stomach? What do you think about it? Has anyone had problems with this? What if I let him sleep on his tummy for a daytime nap when I am in the room? Please let me know what you think.

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Lori - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi Veronica--My name is Lori...Put your child to sleep any way he/she is comfortable. Children have been sleeping on their stomachs for hundreds of years and now ALL OF A SUDDEN they can choke and die...It is ridiculous...Accidents happen I'm sure but they always find things to blame it on...However your baby is comfortable is how u should put them...Dont worry they will b fine...and sleep well (and so will u)..lol

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Meredith - posted on 01/27/2011

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All 3 of my kids slept better on their bellies, my 5 month still does, I try to put her on her side and she rolls onto her belly as soon as she lays down, for some reason all of mine just sleep better that way.

Sherri - posted on 01/27/2011

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Nope NEVER all my children 14, 12 and 4 all slept on their backs and it is the only way I would ever put them to sleep.

Jessica - posted on 01/27/2011

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two of my children had startle reflex really bad and when i would lay them on their back, they would wake up about five minutes later!! and then i would spend 20 minutes getting them back to sleep to have it happen all over again. the most they would ever sleep on their backs was 15 to 20 minutes, and that long was very rare. after months of this with the first one like this, i stuck her on her tummy and she slept for 9 hours straight. she turned into a different child over night... i cannot tell you how much of a relief that was. the second one (i have five kids) showed signs from birth. i stuck her on her tummy the second she got home from the hospital and she is a very good sleeper. both my kids slept with me or in the same room with me for the first six months, and then by the time i moved them they were rolling, so it didn't matter.



kids roll over faster, crawl faster, and walk faster when they are on their tummy because they are working their muscles more. the last child that slept on her tummy actually hated being on her back on the floor!! she could reach for toys and make herself drag towards toys when she was on her tummy. when she was on her back, she could not do anything... so she was bored.



i would run a fan in his room (not blowing on him but facing the wall) and give him a pacifier (unless he sucks his thumb) because those all reduce the risks of sids. i would check on him once or twice in the night to see if he is okay and have him sleep in a bassinet in the room with you (for the first few months or have him sleep with you) so he hears your breathing. i am sure he will be fine. but in the end it is up to you. i have had kids that slept with me, kids that didn't, kids that used a pacifier, kids that sucked their thumbs, kids that used bottles to go to bed... it just depends on the child, what works, and what you are comfortable with.

Edith - posted on 01/27/2011

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When Billy came into the world the doctors said tummy so they do not chock in their sleep. He was 7 days old when he came home. 19 years the 2 of our children came 5 weeks early. He was low toned and had trouble moving limbs and head. We had trouble finding milk to agree with him and again we put him on his tummy even if the doctors said to put him on his back. He is now 17 years old and sleeps as he wants. I did not rest unless I could touch him. I did what I felt best for both.

Emily - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter slept on her tummy from day 1. She was a preemie and that's how they put them to sleep in the NICU because it's actually easier for them to breath when they are on their tummy's! I had the "bebe sounds angelcare movement sensor" which is a baby monitor that has a pad that goes under the mattress and will sound an alarm if no movement, ie breathing, is detected for 20 seconds! It really put my mind at ease and I recemond it to everyone I know that is having a baby. You can get it at Wal-Mart.com, Target.com, Babies R Us.

Eva - posted on 04/27/2009

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When my second son was born and we tried to lay him on his back to sleep, he wouldn't sleep very long and then wake up crying. I ended up pulling him into bed with me and he slept on his side in my arms. When I was put in the hospital, when he was 6.5 weeks old, my mother discovered that he wanted to sleep on his stomach instead of back and that why he was waking up so much. By that time he could hold his head up really well, so I put him on his stomach. But I did keep him in bed with me for about another week when I got out of the hospital. I hadn't been able to nurse him for 48 hours and I wanted him right next to me.

Andrea - posted on 04/27/2009

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I let all 4 of my children sleep on their tummies. At first I was really worried about it so my first born only did it in the beginning for his daytime naps in the living room in his bassinet. By my 4th child she did it right from the beginning. They all loved to sleep on my chest, at night they slept beside the bed, I did do on the side somewhat more at night but they slept better when I did the tummy thing. You have to go with what you are most comfortable with and feel good about. No one can tell you what to do, what is right. There is no right and wrong, Everyone is different and different things work best for all. Do what you feel comfortable with. It's all this only on the back, or only on the side, never on the tummy that has people so worried about what others will think of you if you don't follow the "norm" there is no norm b/c in 5 years they'll have changed to another position. As long as your home is smoke free and you feel comfortable putting your child on his/her tummy go for it. And really that is a good way to start by doing it daytime when you are around and see how it goes. Good Luck. Remember there is no right and wrong, you shouldn't be or feel judged by what you do.

Ashley - posted on 04/27/2009

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I put my baby on her tummy when she was 10 weeks old and she went from a baby who would startle herself awake while on her back to sleeping wonderfully on her tummy. She's at the point where she rolls both ways and I put her down on her back and always find her on her tummy. When she was younger if she wedged herself into a corner and was up against the bumper she would cry out until we moved her away from it. Recent research has shown SIDS to be linked to a brainstem abnormality that a baby is born with, so I felt fine with putting her on her belly when she was so young. I think as long as they can turn their heads from one side to the other they are fine.

Sian - posted on 04/27/2009

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My baby gets himself on his tummy during his sleep a lot recently. I panicked the first couple of times but he has been ok with it. apart from getting grumpy about it when he wakes up cos he can't roll himself back over lol!!

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2009

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When my daughter was younger I would put her on her tummy for naps during the day. I would lay her on the couch next to me. I was way to freaked about doing it at night even though she slept much better that way so we swaddled at night. Do what you are comfortable with but if you are in the room with her I definitely don't see a problem with it.

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my daughter loves her tummy as well (she's now 6 weeks) --- i sometimes let her sleep on her tummy for naps when I can constantly check on her. the dr. said that should be fine and then once she can roll over on her own she can sleep on her tummy at night.

Melissa - posted on 04/27/2009

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my son was a side sleeper. now he starts on his back and most the time when i wake him up in the morning he is on his tummy.....once they start rolling over the risk of SIDs is gone....also you can reduce the risk of SIDs but having a fan running in the baby's room. i read it in a parenting mag....

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My son has been sleeping on his tummy for pretty much all his life (he's 6 months now). He just would not sleep on his back. The only think I really recommend is to make sure there is nothing else than his blanket in his bed and that the blankets are light. My son started lifting his head up while we were still in the hospital so I didn't see any problem with him not being on his back to sleep.

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Sometimes my son naps on his tummy, but he's about 7 months now. I don't think I'd have let him sleep at night on his tummy until he's able to roll over on his own. But if you're in the room to check on him, I'm sure he'd be fine napping on his tummy if he gets better sleep that way.

Rachel - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hi Veronica all 3 of my children have slept on their tummy's since they were born and none of them have ever had a problem. I found that even as new borns all of my kids would turn their heads to breath. If your baby sleeps better on his/her tummy then i say y not let them at least you no that their getting enough rest. I would say your the mum and if you feel ok with it then do it, as parents we work on trial and error with everything, so give it a go, if it works great, if it dont your back to the drawing board. Good luck and remember it's your baby and only you no whats best for him/her.

User - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hi, I have three boys and they all slept on their stomachs. When my eldest, who's now 13 was born laying them on their stomach was recommended. By the time my youngest, nearly 3, was born it was the back, but I found they all slept better on their fronts. I've had no bad experiences and I feel that it's entirely up to you and if your child prefers it.

Jessica - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son has always been on his back, except for tummy time. I think that if you are in the room with him when he is awake that would be good. I would just worry about him moving his head to where is covers his face.

Andrea - posted on 04/27/2009

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Both of my children slept best on their sides and tummies. There are just as many risks with them laying on there back as laying on the tummy. I would recommend one of those wedges that will keep him on his side if you are worried about the tummy. But the babies are really comfy on their belly.

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