My 4 mo old is rolling over at night!!!

Brandy - posted on 12/02/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I know they are suppose3d to sleep on their back but he keeps rolling over to his stomach...what do I do???

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I had the same problem. I was so scared I would get up and check on my son at least 6 times a night. We tried rolling and tieing a big towel into a tight long bundle and wedging it against him so that he wouldn't roll over. But then he would wake up mad when he couldn't move it to roll over. I spoke to my pediatrician and she said that as long as he could roll back onto his back he should be fine and to make sure there was nothing in the crib he could roll onto and risk suffocation. We used a breathable bumper and removed everything else. I still believe strongly in the research that proves Back is Best so I would just try to flip him back onto his back without waking him. Once they start rolling over early there is really nothing else that you can do. I researched the sleep wedges and they are a bigger health risk than a solution according to AAP and Consumer Reports. Good luck!

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Jami - posted on 12/02/2009

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As long as your baby is able to roll over on his own, he is fine.
Both of my babies slept on their tummies, as a matter of fact, when I put them on their back they cried, when I put them on their tummies they went right to sleep.
they are fine.

Gwen - posted on 12/02/2009

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That's awesome! He can totally sleep on his stomach if he wants to cause he has the strength to pick his head up and roll over.

Natalie - posted on 12/02/2009

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my little boy has been rolling since he was 10 weeks old and no matter how many times i roll in back onto his back, i awlays find him sleeping on his tummy! i think if they are strong enough to roll, then they are strong enough to turn their heads should they need to. i think babies are just like us, we all like sleeping in different positions and end up how we are most comfortable! :)

Erin - posted on 12/02/2009

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I honestly would not worry my son will only sleep on his stomach but for your piece of mind they sell these things that doest let them roll over thats always an option

Jen - posted on 12/02/2009

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Don't stress over it. Like most have said, if he's rolling over on his own, he's probably fine. I spent a LOT of sleepless nights hovering over my son and rolling him onto his back after he rolled onto his tummy, only to watch him roll right back over. Ha! Lost that battle.
Also if your son uses a pacifier, that also reduces the risk of SIDS, supposedly.

Tessa - posted on 12/02/2009

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Pediatricians generally say that it's fine if your baby rolls over by himself onto his stomach. Our pediatrician asked us to continue to put our son on his back to sleep, but if he rolled over, let him be. If your son is strong enough to roll over at four months, he's a healthy boy and probably at very low risk of SIDS.

Sashell - posted on 12/02/2009

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If he can roll over on his own then he will be fine. If you are nervous, popular retailers sell "Sleep Positioners" to keep them in place. Just make sure it is tight around your son and he won't roll over. I use it because my daughter scoots sideways and her face was always up against the side of the bassinet... I was nervous about her suffocating herself so I bought a positioner and haven't had any issues.

Krista - posted on 12/02/2009

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They're supposed to sleep on their back until they are able to roll over. Once that happens, the chance of SIDS is greatly reduced because they are able to move if they can't breathe. He's fine if he rolls.

Rachel - posted on 12/02/2009

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well my oldest did the same thing at the same age the only thing i did was make sure she didn't have a bunch of toys or blankets in her bed and i just let her do it and i made sure she was extra warm in her pjs so she wouldnt get cold. i hope that helps

Jill - posted on 12/02/2009

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I let my son sleep on his stomach. I know you aren't supposed to but I figure if they change how a child is supposed to sleep every few years then they don't really know what is best. My mom put me on my stomach and I'm fine. If you feel better with him on his stomach you can buy those wedges to help prevent them from rolling.

Katie - posted on 12/02/2009

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The way that babies are recommended to sleep has changed 25 times in the last 20 years. Both of my boys slept on their tummies and my daughter slept on her back. They are all alive and healthy today. However, a good friend of mine ha d a little girl. She fallowed all of the 'rules', read all of the books, talked to her doctor and still her baby died of SIDS while sleeping on her back. My advice...Your baby will sleep how they are most comfortable!

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