My son is rolling onto his belly in his sleep...

Bethany - posted on 07/01/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 4 months old, and he is a big & strong boy for his age (16.2lbs at last dr visit a week ago!) he just started rolling over onto his belly in his sleep, he has done it THREE times tonight since I put him down in his crib. What should/ can I do? I know babies aren't supposed to sleep on their bellies, but how can I prevent him from rolling over in his sleep?

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Katie - posted on 07/03/2010

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Once they an roll over it is safe to let them sleeo on their bellies. you cannot prevent them from doing this. I put my son down on his back every night and by the time that I go to bed he has rolled over onto his belly. He will also move around the crib once he has started to be able to scoot around. Mine does that too. You never know where he will be when we get up in the morning.

Casey - posted on 07/01/2010

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don't worry about it, my son did the exact same thing and I used to stress out something shocking about it, I was forever going in there and rolling him back, but in the end they'll always roll back on to their tummies if that is how they like to sleep, my son is nearly two and still sleeps on his tummy. so long as you don't have lots of soft toys or pillows in the cot he'll be fine :)

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Kathrin - posted on 07/04/2010

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if he can roll over himself already then this is fine as he could always roll back. the problem is when he cant roll over and you put him on his front. dont worry about it. babies will sleep the way they are comfortable.

Cheryl - posted on 07/04/2010

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As stated I don't think you need to worry, just make sure the mattress is firm, only a sheet, if chilly, put him in blanket sleepers so you don't have to worry about blankets getting around his face, lighter clothing if it is summer and warmer..not to worry.. sometimes they even sleep more soundly on their tummies as they get older and then yu do too!

Tyneisha - posted on 07/03/2010

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When he's old enough to roll over, he's fine. The risk of sids goes down at 4 months because that's when babies begin to roll over. Just make sure there's nothing in the crib for him to tangled up in like a big blanket, or pillow. Let him alone girl, i know it's scary, but he's fine. Just like you have a preference to sleep he does too and now it's okay to sleep on his stomach.

Rachel - posted on 07/03/2010

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All of my kids were tummy sleepers. No matter what I tried, they managed to roll over on the tummies. I have seen children choke on their own vomit from laying on their backs. After that, I left it up to the babies. If they chose to sleep on their belly, then I let them do that.

Andrea - posted on 07/02/2010

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My daughter did the same thing but she rolled over at 2 months I fought with her every night all night long by rolling her back over she had acid reflux and prefered it so it was a endless battle to keep rolling her back over. I talked to her dr at her 4 month check up and he said not to worry about it. He also said no way on the sleep positioners that is it actually safer to not put anythng in there bed but a fitted sheet. Just make sure his bed free o anything blanket, bumper pads. It's hard but dont stress about it.

Diana - posted on 07/01/2010

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My daughter as soon as she could roll she was a tummy sleeper. She hated her tummy before that. But my son learned to roll early and has always been a side sleeper. They were both big babies also. Just keep his crib clear of things and always put him to sleep on his back. If he rolls it's ok, just check on him. But he should do well on his tummy now.

Jenny - posted on 07/01/2010

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oh cute..sounds like he likes to sleep on his tummy.. it's ok to let him sleep like that as long as he can move his head and breath and he is checked regularly. My daughter use to sleep on her back or side and woke up alot but since she was rolling herself on her stomach to sleep she slept much better.

Monica - posted on 07/01/2010

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they say to put them on their backs to sleep but if they're old enough to roll over, then to let them! there's no problem, and he's big... i would leave him and let him be comfy!!

Keshia - posted on 07/01/2010

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oh my thats a big baby my son is 11 months and only 16lbs I know doctors say to not let them sleep on the belly but my son has since he was about a month old its the only way he could be comfortable i just took his comforter out of his crib he he just sleeps on his sheet and then i cover his back up and hes never had a problem with blankets being in his face

Kat - posted on 07/01/2010

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ok so i found it on the babies r us website there are a couple of them they are called sleep positioners lol good luck hope this helps they look adjustable so something u might want to look into pretty inexspensive to but I am sure as a new mom u would pay any amount to keep that little bundle safe

Melissa - posted on 07/01/2010

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Both my children were sideways in the womb and preferred to sleep that way Since both were born they'd turn to their side. I had them in a secure sleeper and I would watch them throughout the night. Even when I put them on their back they'd end up on their side or with their head turned at the least. They were fine. I wouldn't worry about it too much, just check on him every once in awhile. Plus, our nurse told us when they are able to roll over they have the ability to turn their head to the side so their face isn't buried in the crib mattress.

Kat - posted on 07/01/2010

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they make these things that stop the baby from rolling over in the crib it has a triangle on both side of it and u put it under your baby while sleeping so there is a triangle part behind him and in front of him gosh please forgive me for forgetting what they are called my kids are grown my youngest is 8 they sell them at babies r us though or target, kmart

Melissa - posted on 07/01/2010

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Both my children were sideways in the womb and preferred to sleep that way Since both were born they'd turn to their side. I had them in a secure sleeper and I would watch them throughout the night. Even when I put them on their back they'd end up on their side or with their head turned at the least. They were fine. I wouldn't worry about it too much, just check on him every once in awhile. Plus, our nurse told us when they are able to roll over they have the ability to turn their head to the side so their face isn't buried in the crib mattress.

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