How to prevent a squirmy baby at night?

Amanda - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is so squirmy at night, no matter how I position him, he always is down at the bottom of the bassinet when I go to get him at night. Does anyone know how to help prevent this?



I also know that babies need to sleep on their back but my son likes to sleep on his side. How do I get him to sleep on his back?

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Shannon - posted on 12/01/2009

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My babe is squirmy as well, I have just moved her into her cot from her bassinette and I found a baby roll preventer thingy in a shop. basically u place ur baby between the sides on their back and they are unable to roll over in the night.



I find this also helps to keep the blanket on them as well..... The only thing rachel is able to do when she is awake is squirm out of it - but she has to be awake to do it. hope this helps :)

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Andrea - posted on 10/06/2013

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Do you need to get him to stop squirming? Swaddling and baby roll preventers might help, but at a certain age I think they are not necessary and possibly not even helpful. I read something recently that said swaddling was to be reserved for only very young babies to help them transition into regular sleeping habits outside the womb. This article said that some babies were being wrapped too tightly.
The main problem that I had with my boys being squirmy was that they would lose their blankets and get cold. I finally just started dressing them warmer at bedtime, and using one of those blanket sleepers with sleeves that the baby wears. So then I could let him squirm all he wanted.
You don't mention how old your baby boy is, but as far as the side-sleeping...if he sleeps better that way, it is probably nothing to worry about or to try to prevent. After about age 4 months they don't worry as much about SIDs. As long as the baby's sleep area is free of things that could suffocate him, I say just make sure he is warm enough, not overheated, and let him squirm! :)

Sharon - posted on 12/01/2009

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We kept our babies on their sides. We used a sleep positioner. And for squirmy babies we used the burrito wrap method.

Gwen - posted on 12/01/2009

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Do you swaddle him tightly? They can't squirm so much if they are snug in a blanket. Daughter mostly slept on her tummy so I can't help much w/ side sleeping...maybe use rolled up blanket to prop him on his side?

Shannon - posted on 12/01/2009

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My babe is squirmy as well, I have just moved her into her cot from her bassinette and I found a baby roll preventer thingy in a shop. basically u place ur baby between the sides on their back and they are unable to roll over in the night.



I find this also helps to keep the blanket on them as well..... The only thing rachel is able to do when she is awake is squirm out of it - but she has to be awake to do it. hope this helps :)

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