Does anyones baby roll over during the night to their tummies?

Alisha - posted on 04/27/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My son is at that stage now where he loves to roll everywhere and I am starting to get really nervous because at night when I lay him down for bed I lay him on his back but now he will roll to his tummy during the night!! This makes me extremely nervous, does anyone have any suggestions or have the same problem?

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Koho - posted on 04/28/2012

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Do not put anything else in the crib to keep them from rolling over!! Once they start rolling over, it's ok for them to sleep on their tummies. Just make sure they have plenty of tummy time during the day so their neck muscles are strong. Putting things in the crib poses more of a suffocation risk. A mattress with a fitted sheet is the only thing that should be in the crib with your baby!

Rachel - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son was a roller when young...we put him to sleep in a grobag and to prevent him rolling we folded a sheet accross his stomach that was then tucked down the sides of the cot. This worked for a while.



When we asked the child care nurses they all told us that once he was old enough to be able to hold his head up on his own it was fine if he slept on his stomach. As long as you don't have any fluffy toys/blankets/pillows in the cot that could suffocate him...your baby should be fine sleeping on his tummy.

Olivia - posted on 04/30/2009

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my daughter is 6 months old and she has pretty much refused to lay on her back since day one. at first it drove me crazy but now i just check on her every so often and make sure theres nothing in the crib/basinette that she can get to smother her while shes sleeping. i know alot of people that have kids that wont sleep on their back and if the kids are going to sleep that way theres really not much you can do about it. you can get all the special pillows or whatever you want but if your baby isnt comfortable on his back then chances are he probably wont sleep as comfortable and youll both miss out on much needed sleep.

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User - posted on 04/30/2009

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my older son did the same. If this is making you so nervous there are thing you can get for him . I just let him do it he sleeped better on this tummy

Shileene - posted on 04/30/2009

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My daughter sleeps on her side which I find very amusing because she sleeps just like I do. If you worry too much you are gonna ware yourself down so take a deep breath...

Lisa - posted on 04/30/2009

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mine slept on his back for maybe 4 or 5 months after then he hated it and could only get a really good sleep if he was on his tummy. So why force my child to sleep a way where he's miserable and won't give anyone sleep I asked myself. So I just let him sleep on his tummy and he's been sleeping through the night since then and I get great sleep too. Don't worry too much about him rolling on his tummy I would say.

Holly - posted on 04/29/2009

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hay deer just make sure that there is nothing that he can put close to his face or in his mouth ,and iam sure he can hold his head up rite ?they have baby monitors for moving if the monitor dont feel heart beet /movement it will go off my son is 19 1/2 months and is all over he is now in a baby toddler bed with a rall.i think he will be fine ..you r just a worried mom and u should be ...

Vanessa - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son has started doing the same and he is 4 months old. He does not like the belly position so he cries and I can recognize the cry and place him on his back. Never place pillows, blankets or anything in the crib because they have a chance of suffocating. For the most part, if the baby is rolling on his stomach they usually can flip themselves on their back.

Stacey - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter is 5 months now and shes been rolling over in her cot, but once shes on her tummy she cant roll back over. Because of this she screams until one of us gets up and puts her back into sleep mode(our term for on her back). My partner has just ordered us a 'Safe T Sleep Wrap' It is like a sheet that has a velcro (is that how its spelt???) harness that goes around the babies waist and torso, so that they cant roll around all night. Ill let you know if it works.

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2009

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we bought the pillow things, within 2 weeks she learned to roll over the edge of it!



baby went into cot in her own room at 8 weeks coz she snores! by 12 weeks she was a tummy sleeper and now will roll straight over if put on her back. she more or less sleeps with her knees up and hands under her head like a pillow.



we use the angelcare baby monitor which has a breathing pad that you put under the mattress, works like a dream, you can sleep well with it on, it bleeps in the baby's room as well as on the monitor if no movement for 8 seconds, this is often enough to make a deep sleeping baby jump and it goes off again like an alarm over and over if no change... believe me you'll be out of bed and in their room NAKED if it goes off even once. We've only had it go off once when chloe was in bed - she'd rolled right off the pad.



it goes off if you forget to turn it off... we've had that a few times! mand x

Alisha - posted on 04/27/2009

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I was just really concerned mainly for the fact that he sometimes gets his right arm stuck underneath him and has a hard time getting it out and I didnt want that to happen during the night. For his naps where I can keep a close eye on him I dont mind letting him sleep on his tummy because he likes it better!

Gemma - posted on 04/27/2009

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my daughter is 7 months old has been rolling over for a few months now but last night was the first night she rolled over in her cot i just rolled some baby blankets under her arms and down her sides then tucked her blanket tight into the sides so she couldnt move them she stayed like that till thismorning

Tara - posted on 04/27/2009

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My doc said that once they are able to roll easily, it's alright if they roll onto their tummy. My daughter did that as soon as she was able to roll from tummy to back, and from back to tummy, and she's been a tummy sleeper ever since.

Christine - posted on 04/27/2009

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yes once your child figures out how to roll over they tend to sleep on there tummy but its ok they wont get hurt because they know how to roll over now so they will roll over when they need to

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My son always rolled to his tummy. That's the way he liked to sleep and his doctor told me not to worry too much about it because he was strong enough to roll there himself. I often rolled him over to his back if I knew he was sleeping soundly enough and it wouldn't wake him. Be careful with pillows or the pieces of foam designed for sleeping on their sides. My son would find a way to roll over top of them and then I was worried about him getting suffocated so I stopped using them.

Desiree - posted on 04/27/2009

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Yes, all of my 7 children did it, and I was told by my Doctor that this is what they do and not to worry. You always start them off on their back , but sometime during the night they will roll over. Make sure that you don't have any stuffed animal, blankets or a bumper pad in the crib at this stage, to prevent entanglment and suffication. This is also what my Doctor told me. Please discuss these concerns with your Doctor thats always your safest thing to do.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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My daughter started doing the same thing between 4 and 5 months old. I did a lot of research because it made me nervous, especially after having "back to sleep" drilled into my head. If your baby is rolling over onto their tummy and falling asleep that way, it's okay. If that's the way they prefer to sleep, you can't really stop them, and you would do more harm than good if you tried to switch them back onto their backs...let sleeping babies lie, so to speak. Just make sure that the crib is clear of anything that could interfere with breathing, like pillows, stuffed animals or a bumper. And try to use the sleep sacks and avoid blankets until the baby grows out of the sacks. My daughter is now 8 months, and sleeps on her belly every night, usually with her head pushed against the crib rails, and she sleeps well that way...or did until she started teething.

Hope this helps!!

Stevie - posted on 04/27/2009

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YES!! i am right there with you my son does it all night and i get soo worried and i get hardly any sleep cuz he will also wake up some times cuz he is on his tummy and doesn think he can roll back over but when you go and flip him back to his back he will roll right back to his tummy and cries again i have no idea wat to do about it yet i hate that he never does it during his nap or if he does its not really offten but all the time at bed time

Tanya - posted on 04/27/2009

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My children rolled in the night. I bought this device it was two pieces of foam one side bigger than the other and it had cloth covering it. (dont remember what it was calles) but beteween the pieces of foam is where you laid the baby and it prevents them from rolling over.

Cassie - posted on 04/27/2009

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My kids always ended up on their bellies. They have a pillow out that you place on either side of the, so they can't roll. But you can always just prop a blanket or pillow beside them to prevent it too.

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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my daughter used to do the same. i used rolled up blankets 2 stop her laying on her tummy, but things have changed since my daughter was that age so you might want to check with health visitor first

Sarah - posted on 04/27/2009

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my daughter used to do the same. i used rolled up blankets 2 stop her laying on her tummy, but things have changed since my daughter was that age so you might want to check with health visitor first

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