My baby is 4-1/2 months old and can roll over one way. She now rolls over in the middle of the night to sleep but can't get back over yet. The problem is that sometimes her face is half in the mattress and I'm worried about SIDS. Any suggestions?

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Alyssa - posted on 11/08/2012

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My baby does this to except she gets up on her knees and scoots herself with her head down into the corners of the crib. We tried no bumpers and she kept getting her arms and legs stuck, now she nearly smothers to death. I am at my wits end with the doctors saying she will be fine because she can move her head. I have found her on her tummy and wedged in the corner and when I pick her up she gasps for air and coughs. I seen this thing called the T strap its made by the sids ppl. Im thinking of trying it. It straps into the bed and the keeps them on their back.

Joy - posted on 02/23/2009

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i had the opposite problem. My baby was a tummy sleeper from day 1. I kept him in my room until his head was strong enough to move from side to side (about 5 weeks). He started rolling onto his back at 4 months which of course woke him up. We tried rolling him back onto his tummy, rolling blankets to block him, special pillows etc none of which worked. Our only option was to leave him to learn to like sleeping on his back. We had a few disturbing days BUT now he only sleeps on his back. Just give it time, your baby will be rolling both ways in no time and by this time it will ok to let them sleep in their chosen position. For now try whatever you can to make your baby comfortable, its all you can do. Best of luck.

Ali - posted on 02/21/2009

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If your worried about her sleeping on her tummy...have you got a baby monitor...just a thought. But most babies can sleep quiet safely on their tummies. SIDS have over the year been a concern to say the least for all of us, but I have studied it as a nurse, and I believe it is a case of the baby 'forgets' to breathe..this is where the baby monitor is a great idea. Yes they can go off for no real reason but it is better to be safe I think.

Donna - posted on 02/21/2009

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I used a prop from babies r us to prop my babies on their sides to sleep.

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Sara - posted on 03/02/2009

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I asked my pediatrician the same exact question just last week! He said that when they are strong enough to roll over, they are ok to sleep on their tummies because they can control their head/neck enough not to smother themselves. Hope that helps!

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009

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Believe it or not, some studies suggest that babies that sleep with binkies are less likely to fall victim to sids. The basic idea is that the binky forces a small gap between the baby's nose and the mattress if and when he/she rolls over. If you watch a baby lay on its tummy with a binky in its mouth you will see what I mean. Not sure if I necessarily think the binky protects the child per se, but it is food for thought. I found it interesting, and thought you might too!

Joy - posted on 02/23/2009

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oh yeh and def try the baby sleeping sack, my baby loves sleeping in them. No worry about blankets over faces and keep the sheets nice and tight, cot clear and no hoods on their clothes. Thats all you can do and then you know you have done everything you can. You can also get these great cot bumpers now made of breathable mesh so they dont get their arm and legs stuck.

Jolene - posted on 02/22/2009

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also once babies are old enough to roll over they should be strong enough to lift thier heads and move so there is really little chance of sids occuring

Angela - posted on 02/21/2009

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ok...I started to type this long thing giving you info about my son and all that but in the end......and I don't know what you believe and I don't mean to offend but..............



> IT'S IN GOD'S HANDS

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Once mine started moving around and rolling over I couldn't control it with the wedge so the only peace I had was putting him in a sleep sack where his arms were free and there was no way for him to get the blanket over his head because he was wearing it. He would still roll over but at least it couldn't get up near his face. And don't forget no bumper pads in the bed.

Anna - posted on 02/21/2009

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my son did the same thing but i made sure the bed was firm enough not to block his face, i would take out the pillow. and one time when he was taking his nap i watched him for a while to see what he would do with his face if he had issues getting enough air, and he would just move his head around and be fine

Linda - posted on 02/21/2009

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I think if your baby is old enough to roll over,they will roll back if they are uncomfortable. Sleeping on the belly is more likely safer than on their backs. I believe that SIDS is almost like an adult version of sleep apnia. A breathing condition that occurs in your sleep. Very common in adults. (my older brother has it.) I have never had a concern with both of my children, but good luck and just be aware and alert!

Tracey - posted on 02/21/2009

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I think at almost 5 months old she'll be fine if she rolls on her own. Just put her down the way you usually do on her back or side, and let her decide. If your truely concerned buy an infant breathing sensor. It's an alarm that is triggered if it doesn't feel the in and out pressure of breathing, and sounds off like a huge beeping noise. It will wake u. But all in all, another month and she'll be trying to get up and go on her knees.. good luck,and I hope you find a way to make u and baby comfortable with this new transition.

Stephanie - posted on 02/21/2009

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i had the same problem with my daughter i gave her tons of tummy time during the day and not only did it strenghen her neck muscles to help with moving her head she also got to were she wouldnt roll over at night because she was on her tummy during the day

Kerri - posted on 02/21/2009

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They make something to stop them from rolling over. I can not think what it is called but look at a babies our us store or online.

Elisa - posted on 02/21/2009

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Well, unfortunately if I use a wedge she gets upset that she can't roll over and it wakes her up.  I've had no choice but to let her sleep on her belly. I do have one of those alarm monitors so I've set that up. Thanks for all the help everyone.

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My daughter did that too at the same age.  They have a wedge pillow for infants at walmart I picked one up and it works great...they are inexpensive as well....happy sleeping

Leisel - posted on 02/19/2009

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My eldest boy had terrible eczema and because his back was so inflamed I used to put him on his tummy to sleep and he was just fine. The general feeling is that once they can role over they are probably strong enough to support their own head and cry if they are in trouble. I used to have nothing in the cot with him, just a sheet on his mattress, and I would dress him in multiple layers of  vests and pajamas in the winter so as not to use blankets  which could obstruct him. This gave me some piece of mind, but I understand your anxiety.

Julie - posted on 02/19/2009

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every time I read about SIDS there are new things you shouldn't do. I don't believe all the hype. Both of my children slept on their tummies and are fine. Trust your gut. sleeping wedges can only do so much. Mine squirmed right out of them.

Elisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks Shannon. I know that we all probably slept on our tummies back when we were babies but they've hyped up the SIDS thing so much it makes you paranoid. Yes, she can move her own head and I don't give her any toys or blankets. I dress her with a onesie, a fleece one piece pyjama and socks and she never seems cold. I guess I'll just see what happens tonight. Thanks again.

Shannon - posted on 02/19/2009

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My kids both only ever slept on their tummies... right from birth. It was the only way that they slept more than an hour at a time!! The first few nights, I was still awake checking on them for most of the night, but eventually I got over that, and just plain out needed sleep! As long as she can move her own head, you should be fine... do not keep any toys in the crib, and use a flat cotton knit sheet.... try to keep the blankets at a minimum and away from her face as well... my son is now just under 6 months and he sleeps on his tummy with his favorite Carter's velour blanket that he wads up on his own and cuddles with...

Elisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks for all the suggestions. Last night I tried the wedge thing and she would get very upset when she couldn't roll over. Then I took the wedge thing out and when I put her down she would immediately roll over. Unfortunately, for some reason it would wake her up and she'd get upset because she was on her tummy. I finally had to feed her and then put her down on her stomach. She slept 3 hours like that but I sure didn't! I kept going in her room to check on her. Hopefully this isn't going to be a regular habit because I'm not sure what I'll do since you're not supposed to put them on their tummies to sleep. Any other suggestions? Or do I just not worry about it anymore?

Tracey - posted on 02/18/2009

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Yep, the antirolling mat is available at your local WalMart stores. I got one for my youngest, it was a recieving blanket type thing, with a block of foam sewn into one end. You lie the baby on his/her side to sleep and the block lies under their little bellies. When the go to roll on their tummies it blocks them, so the only other choice for baby is to roll to his/her back. It works great. Even if you put baby down on back, they can only roll to one side and then back. :0)

Emily - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son did the same thing, take a blanket and roll it up and place on the side they roll over on. It will prevent them from rolling over in the middle of the night.

Ashley - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hello there are actually anti rolling mat things that you can buy for your baby.

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2009

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I know SIDS is scary and prevention is very important but, once babies can roll over consistently — usually around 4 to 7 months — they may choose not to stay on their backs all night long. At this point, it's fine to let babies pick a sleep position on their own.

Sheila - posted on 02/18/2009

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I got some blocks, can't remember where from and placed Zoe in them so they were either side of her hops. When I was readmitted to hospital I noticed they did a similar thing with a long rolled up blanket tightly wrapped around babies but so that their faces were clear.

Jeanette - posted on 02/18/2009

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I would offer the same advice as Tiffany hun!! Roll up a blanket till u know can roll both ways..

Tiffany - posted on 02/18/2009

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I had this same problem with my second son around the same age. He's grown out of it now. Have you tried rolling up blankets and putting them next to her? Or sometimes I would cover him with a blanket and tuck it under him on both sides and he seemed to not roll over as much. Hope this helps I know how frustrating it is.

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