is it ok for a baby to sleep on their stomach once they can roll over?

Kate - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 3 months so she doesnt roll yet and always sleeps on her back. But right now Im babysitting a 6month old and she fell asleep on her tummy, i put her on her back and she rolled back to her tummy... is this okay since she can roll?

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Rebecca - posted on 01/25/2010

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I was always told NOT to let a young baby sleep on their back because they may spit up in their sleep and choke. I was always told to let them sleep on their stomach or their side but from what I remember when my son started rolling he usually slept on his stomach.

Renee - posted on 01/25/2010

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Once my son started to roll from his back to his tummy at night, I just let him keep sleeping on his tummy. I always put him to sleep on his back, but would always wake up on his tummy. I never put a blanket in the crib, so I didn't worry about that aspect of things.

Tiffany - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son has slept on his tummy since he was born he would NOT sleep on his back. He is perfectly fine! I was debating how i would let his sleep but he chose for himself. If I put him on his back I was scared he would aspirate on his drool which babies are known to do sometimes or put him on his tummy and he would sufficate. He does sleep on his tummy but I make sure his face is turned so he can breathe and he is good at doing this on his own. I say dont worry unless they are giving danger signs.

Heather - posted on 01/25/2010

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I work at a daycare and lots of kids around this age do this. I always put them in the crib on their backs and if they roll over I just move the blankets out of their face and check on them alot. Some of the kids just wont sleep unless they are on their tummy and moving them just wakes them or they just roll right back over. If your still concerned you can talk to the parents and see what they want you to do.

Carolee - posted on 01/25/2010

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If they can roll onto their tummies while asleep, they can usually roll back over if they need to. Let her sleep and just check on her every once in a while. Also, ask the parents what they do about it, so her sleep routine doesn't get messed up at all (turning her over can wake her up, even if she doesn't open her eyes).

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