is it ok that my 7 month old son is turning over at night and sleeping on his stomach?

Shannon - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my son Aiden is almost 7 months old and has learned to turn over onto his stomach. He was only doing it during play time but has been doing it during the night this past week, and i was wondering if he is safe on is stmach now that he is older? but with the risk of "sids" and horror stories on the news, should i set an alarm at night to check in on him or is that just crazy?

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Gwen - posted on 03/24/2010

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If he can lift his head, turn it from side to side, he should be fine. My daughter always slept on her tummy because she did better that way.

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Aijan - posted on 03/26/2010

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If your son at 7 months is able to hold his head up and control this motion and you don't put any plush toys, pillows and blankets in his crib that can fall on his face and choke him, then he is absolutely safe to roll over and sleep on his stomach at this age. My daughter is 4 months and she sleeps on her stomach since she was 4 weeks old and she is still alive and healthy :-)

Carmen - posted on 03/26/2010

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Want the truth? I put my daughters (now 13 and 6) on their backs, like the docs said, and they had a WAY hard time dropping off to sleep or staying asleep for more than an hour or so. They would wake up fussing, etc., and I got NO rest, and then they'd want to sleep all day. So very early on, I tried turning them over on their tummies...and voila. If he can turn over on his own, I think he's safe. And most babies that age are pushing up on their arms in attempts to crawl, so I feel sure he'll be OK.

Lori - posted on 03/26/2010

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Yes this is perfectly fine. At seven months old if he is rolling over and holding his head up then there is nothing to worry about.

Shannon - posted on 03/26/2010

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thanks everyone, i really feel a whole lot better about letting him sleep on his belly. I can use all the sleep i can get so setting the alarm won't be necessary:) my daughter is much older so it's like starting new again, and i'm much older and im more "in tune" with my son, i think that is why i worry a little more. so thanks again, we will both sleep good:)

Melissa - posted on 03/25/2010

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They say that to continue putting them to bed on their back, but if they roll to their tummy on their own in the middle of the night then they should be fine. I wouldn't worry.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2010

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If your son can roll BOTH ways, then it's okay for him to sleep on his tummy. It's still best that you lay him down on his tummy, but if he rolls, don't worry about it. Not that it would stop me from checking on him, but it's not worth setting your alarm. We just try to follow all safe sleep practices, and here's a great list: https://www.halosleep.com/keep_your_baby_safe/safe_sleep_tips/

Becky - posted on 03/24/2010

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Once they can lift their heads and roll over, it is fine if they prefer to sleep on their stomachs. The main concern is for small babies, who may not have the instinct to pull up their heads if they can't breathe.

My son is 6 months, rolls, sits independently and is very strong, and settles better on his belly, so we sometimes put him down to sleep on his stomach.

It's normal to worry, especially if this is your first! But he should be just fine.

Crissy - posted on 03/24/2010

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sids is a risk more for babies that cannot escape trapped air, if your baby can roll into that position he can move to get more air if he needs to 7mos to get sids is RARE older babies that suffer from it usually have more than a few of the high risk factors (moms that smoke around him, heat is too high in the room.. to many things in the crib etc..) if youre still worried just make sure there are no blankets in the crib, no toys, and no bumper, light pajamas and keep the heat at a comfortable temperature if he over heats its a risk and you can always ask your doctor... if it still makes you uncomfortable then go ahead and set the alarm people may say its crazy but at least you will be the crazy lady that knows for sure her baby is safe (not that he isnt otherwise but if youre not comfortable with his safety then something needs to change)

Helen - posted on 03/24/2010

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I think that if they can roll onto their fronts themselves, then they are fine to sleep that way, especially if they can turn back again.

I think that it is unnecessary to set the alarm - but if you feel better doing that then go for it, after weighing up the costs in terms of disturbed sleep and the fact that he may well just turn straight back over again!

Joanna - posted on 03/24/2010

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Eventually they find the most comfortable way to sleep... my daughter did the same when we stopped swaddling her at 7 months, she'd always sleep on her tummy. At that age the risk of SIDS is reduced, they're old enough to move their heads if they can't breathe, so it's fine!

Ashley - posted on 03/24/2010

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i wouldnt call it crazy i would say your a worried mother...which is natural...my son who is now 18 mo scared the bejesus outta me when he started doin that at around the same time...i would take two smaller blankets, roll and tuck them to his sides at night. it made me feel better and he would never know the difference. =)

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