Why should babies sleep on their backs?

Tracy - posted on 09/28/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I've been learning about SIDS ever since I had my baby 2 months ago.She's been sleeping on her back every day because that's what has been recommended, but recently it seems she won't lay on her back at all she only wants me to hold her all day so I've layed her on her tummy under my supervision and she actually slept for hours and I won't do it for bedtime, because I won't be supervising.So I'm wondering whats the difference on babies laying on their backs or their tummy? any advice anyone ?

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User - posted on 10/06/2012

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Guys, please don't waste your money with those monitors. The unfortunate thing about SIDS is that a baby can not be revived. The mechanisms in their brain that tell their bodies to function and breathe are not working..if that angel care monitor went off because your baby had stopped breathing, then it would already be too late. Sorry to sound so negative, but I hate how that company makes you think you're going to feel better buying their expensive monitor, when in fact it wouldn't really help anything.

Joanna Lynn - posted on 10/04/2012

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PLEASE, PLEASE research the toxic gas theory for SIDS. We need to get this information out!! I purchased a mattress cover the second I read about it; please also spread the word-if only to have people read the statistics!

Terri - posted on 10/02/2012

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When my daughter was an infant, she had acid reflux a lot. Being a new mom, I listened to what all of the books and doctors told you and put her to sleep on her back. During nap time one day, she spit up and started choking. Luckily, I was in the next room and was able to get to her, but since that day, I put her on her stomach to sleep. She slept better like that and I didn't have to worry about her choking in her sleep again.

Ariana - posted on 10/02/2012

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My son refused to sleep on his back around the same age as well and I let him sleep on his tummy. He could lift his head and he didn't have a pillow or super soft mattress or anything. He was in a bassinet. If your child has no health problems and especially since you are supervising I wouldn't worry about letting her sleep on her tummy. When I was born my mothers generation was told children should be laid on their tummies.

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Catherine - posted on 10/08/2012

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I read the same thing about the mattresses. I found an organic mattress on Craigslist, no plastic on an organic mattress and put an old wool blanket between the mattress and the sheet to absorb any drool or anything else. I only learned about this with my last baby. All 6 of my children slept on their bellies. They were more comfortable. Funny, I slept on my tummy as a newborn too. :)

Take it for what its worth.

You could also go the extra step and lanolize that old wool blanket, that would make it even more water resistant. You can google how to do that. Super easy,.

Catherine - posted on 10/08/2012

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I read the same thing about the mattresses. I found an organic mattress on Craigslist, no plastic on an organic mattress and put an old wool blanket between the mattress and the sheet to absorb any drool or anything else. I only learned about this with my last baby. All 6 of my children slept on their bellies. They were more comfortable. Funny, I slept on my tummy as a newborn too. :)

Take it for what its worth.

You could also go the extra step and lanolize that old wool blanket, that would make it even more water resistant. You can google how to do that. Super easy,.

Melissa - posted on 10/07/2012

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My doctor said once a baby can roll over that is when they can start laying on their stomach because they have the movement enough to get air! also for the acid reflux, they do actually make ways for babies to sleep so that you can let them sleep on their back. I have 1 child as an infant that had it from 2 weeks old and eventually out grew it.

Belinda - posted on 10/07/2012

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TO answer the initial question, the theory is that babies do not sleep as soundly when placed on their backs so the risk of SIDS decreases as they are able to rouse themselves. Similar theory to why pacifiers are now ok to use with babies. If your baby is able to roll over then put them to sleep on their back and don't worry about it when they roll over if they can roll back again.

Chris - posted on 10/07/2012

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I respectfully disagree that a baby could not be revived if a monitor went off. A friends baby quite breathing while sleeping and was succesfully revived.

Chris - posted on 10/07/2012

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I respectfully disagree that a baby could not be revived if a monitor went off. A friends baby quite breathing while sleeping and was succesfully revived.

Nicole - posted on 10/06/2012

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Get the Angelcare movement monitor to be safe. It will give you peace of mind at least. Great investment.

Brenna - posted on 10/04/2012

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Both my babies slept on there stomach I just always made sure they could breath well and checked on them regularly. My kids would just roll over if they wanted. They usually would roll on to their sides and then back to their stomach. If it makes them more comfortable I'm more in favor of that then them being forced onto their backs. My son is 3 still sleeps on his stomach, my 1 year old does and so do I and we seem to be doing alright.

Tracy - posted on 10/02/2012

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thanks ariana i feel better about it .i did hear people in the past generations let babies sleep on their tummys too

Tracy - posted on 10/01/2012

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jennifer thanks for the help :) i would have never thought of that ,my baby's mattress has a plastic covering on it .do u think thats considered a plastic barrier to protect her?

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2012

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I was researching SIDS when my daughter was born. They did a study in Australia that found the fire retardant chemicals that were in baby matresses actually produce a gas when it came in contact with something wet, such as drool or urine. This gas tends to lay about an inch thick on the matress - right where baby's face is if sleeping on the tummy. They found that the death rate dropped by about 70% when they put a waterproof barrier between the child and the mattress. There is a company that sells the complete matress wraps made of food-grade plastic. I figured I would sleep better at night knowing she had one and it was pretty inexpensive. I still put her down on her back, but I worried less. They still don't know all the causes, but at least this is an easy precaution.

Vicki - posted on 09/28/2012

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Sure if they are rolling over with no problems then i might but before that I wouldnt!

Vicki - posted on 09/28/2012

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When a baby is on their tummy their not strong enough to roll over the their backs so some suffocate themeselves because they cant move so there face down into the bed :(

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