What age is it safe for babies to sleep on their sides or tummy?

Leanne - posted on 11/21/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months old and has just started sleeping unwrapped which means we are finding him asleep on his side and tummy. When we try to move him onto his back, we wake him up. He also likes to sleep with his comforter, a little bunny rug, over his face and we have the same problem, when we try to move it, he wakes up. Is he safe doing these things? And if not, what should i do?

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Rofel - posted on 12/13/2012

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My baby is only 13days old after her umbilical cord is gone form her tummy we started to let her sleep at the side or her tummy , is that safe or is it alright for my baby to sleep with that positions

Lee - posted on 11/22/2009

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The common medical advice is put the child down on his back with no pillows, blankets toys or whatever in his crib for his first entire year of life. But I think these folks have never had babies... when they learn to roll...they roll. I kept everything out of my son's crib until he was about 8 months old. Then he got one stuffed toy an small blanket.

The fact of the matter is, they still aren't sure what SIDS really is. The most popular guesses seem to have to do with underdeveloped lungs or babies suffocating because carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange is blocked by something in the crib and the baby's brain doesn't tell him to turn his head or whatever.

In Parents magazine they mentioned a family who lost a THREE year old to SIDS... Really, I think they label anything they don't understand as SIDS and make parents crazy with their guesses about how to "prevent" something they don't even really know the cause of. Don't dwell on it or put a lot of energy into it. Focus your thoughts and energy on a healthy child. :)

Shelly - posted on 11/22/2009

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As a general rule, according to dhs with daycare liscencing, when they are able to roll over completely on their own, they can be placed on there stomache to sleep. Just remember to have a smooth surface for them to sleep on. No plush blankets, teddy bears, or pillows that they can suffocate in. Other than that, let him sleep in whatever position he is comfortable with. It would be very annoying if evertime we fell asleep someone woke us up to make us roll over! LOL

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2009

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Didn't get a chance to read all the post so sorry if this is a little redundant..My doctor told me that once the child learns to roll over on thier own they will be fine sleeping on thier sides or belly. You should probly always lay them back down everytime you put them to sleep

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Leanne - posted on 11/22/2009

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Hi some great encouraging advice and I am not going to tell you any different - Put him on his back but now he is rolling he will sleep where "HE" feels comfortable and as long as his head is free from toys etc he will be fine. With the bunny rug over his head if it is a light weight cotton that breathes he should be OK I know W still some nights pulls the sheet up over his head! (he has made it to 6 - just some days! lol)

Samantha - posted on 11/22/2009

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Bith is a good time. they make something to hold them. It keeps them from choaking.

Julia - posted on 11/21/2009

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if he can move the stuff of his face its fine, he will if he needs to. if he cant take it away and dont let him sleep with it. if hes rolling over on his own again hes fine, my son started sleeping on his side at 5 months and has ever sence, they just profer that

Heather - posted on 11/21/2009

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just had an appointment with our pediatrician and our 6 month old daughter has been sleeping on her back just fine even though she can roll over, some nights she gets on her side but not yet on her tummy to sleep, it is safe once the baby can roll over but it isn't recommended that you put any thing in the crib except for baby since it is still the risk period for SIDS and it is common sense. If your son has to have something next to him to sleep I would try placing something by the crib that has a familiar scent to see if that is the issue, some babies cling to things because they smell a certain way...

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I raised 3 girls and whenever i would feed them their bottles i would lay them on their sides to keep them from getting choked when they would spitup and my oldest daughter always wanted to have a blanket on her face. I just kept a watch to make sure they were still breathing and let them sleep.

Christina - posted on 11/21/2009

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My son also pulls his blanket over his face.. like one mom said on here if they move it there they can move it away.. I still check on my son (age 3) to make sure he is fine and he is fine 9 time out of 10 he gets mad and will pull it back so now I just touch his back or tummy to check his breathing so that i dont wake him..



They are just blocking light and or sound that is bugging them (thats what my PED said)

Jaime - posted on 11/21/2009

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This is something I was concerned about too. I believe sides are ok, but tummy isn't. SIDS is a risk til 12 months, but most cases happen before 6 mo. as for how to deal.... they have infant sleepers on sale at walmart that are also called co sleepers, or sleep positioners. you may look into getting something like that, but if you do, be sure to put it under the sheet, so just in case baby gets off it, he can't get under it and suffocate. If you don't want to do that, i suppose you really cant do much besides continue to move him and hope he will eventually get used to it! good luck!

Christina - posted on 11/21/2009

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it is ok for babies to sleep on their side and tummy, when they can roll over and put themselves in that position. babies should not sleep with anything in the crib, such as bottles, blankies, loveys, or so "they" say. maybe, try a passie, and when he falls asleep and it drops from his mouth, remove it from the crib. babies, don't need a blankie, that is something they grow to depend on more and more, really cute now, but by the time he's two or three, it will be a nasty habit.

Ange - posted on 11/21/2009

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Scary isn't it!! My bub started at 8 months and I think if they are rolling back and forward ok then you can feel a bit better about it! We have a sensor alarm for breathing so that really helps me to not stress!!! Now that bub is rolling in the cot I'd strip the bed of toys and blankets and go into a sleepbag. Try and give something else other than the comforter if you're worried... Like those plastic rings or something he can hold but can't lie in!! Heh heh! Good luck with the change!!! Try not to stress cause it's a normal change that mist bubs make around his time :)

Christina - posted on 11/21/2009

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I put my kids on their backs tell they learned to roll over themself, and I still put them to bed on their back but if they roll (kids are now 3 and 1).. I did not put a pillow with my oldest tell he was 18 months.



My youngest that is 1 year old (almost 15 months in a few days) he sleeps on his tummy because he rolls on his tummy but has no pillow and only a light blanket that i put to his waist.



My kids ped told me its fine once they can roll on their own front to back and back to front.. but to always put them down on their back and if they roll it was fine.



Talk to you kid PED and see what they have to say.

Amber - posted on 11/21/2009

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my cousins baby has only ever wanted to sleep on his belly with his bnum in the air, he liked her to tap it to sleep.. hehe! He still sleeps on his tummy and he is 6 now.

i think your baby is cute too, but safe.. i think so..

if he is smart enough to put it there, he is smart enough to move it too.



as long as his blankets aren'tt suffocating him, and u are aware of him when he sleeps.. he will be fine!

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