My 3 week old only wants to sleep on his stomach, and hates his own bed.

Gina - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son only wants to sleep on his stomach, which I know is not safe according to the info about SIDS. I usually only let him sleep like that when I am awake and watching him, but I am having a hard time with him at night. He will only fall asleep if I am holding him on my chest, if I try to lay him down after he is asleep on his back in his bed he cries. I usually give him a pacifier and try to let him work it out for a minute or two, but if it doesn't work I pick him up. I have ended up letting him sleep on me at night so I can get some sleep, but I don't want it to be habit forming. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting him used to his back, and how to keep him asleep in his own bed?

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Kelli - posted on 06/16/2009

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i had the same problem and found out that he is just happier on his belly. They may say that its not good but try telling that to the baby...we keep our son on hist tummy in a sleeping wedge and keep a soft but somewhat thin blanket under him so it stays out of his nose and mouth. They do have monitors that go in the crib and if their breathing is irregular or he stops it will beep and let you know! A baby knows what they like and just wont be happy until they get it, and the parents need sleep too!

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Kelly - posted on 06/16/2009

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When my son was born he had problems with his blood sugar and because of that he was in the NICU....and when he was in the NICU they slept him on his stomach....and they said that he was the best sleeper that they have had in a long time....and i guess that they sleep them either on their bellies or their side.....so when i got to take my son home i had to sleep him on his side cuz that was the only way i could get him to sleep....i would check into the monitor that other moms have mentioned above and then only if you are comfortable with it then let him sleep how he prefers.....good luck

Carol - posted on 06/16/2009

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hi gina, i had the same problem with my daughter, she refused to sleep on her back, would automatically wake up screaming... she has slept on her front ever since she was a week old.... i know u may be worried abot SIDS but just remember that a few years ago it wasnt safe for them to sleep on there back. things keep changing and i can see them saying in a few years its not safe for them to sleep on their side. lol. Dont worry, as long as ur baby is happy it'll be fine... Good luck x

Zoe - posted on 06/16/2009

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hi gina my son charlie slept on his front from a week old. the first week we were in hospital and of course they swaddle them and put them on their back his sleep in there was terrible,we got home and my husband suggested letting him sleep on his front i was a bit nervous cause of what you are told throughout your pregnancy etc...letting them sleep only on their backs, but he slept perfectly. to ease my nervousness we brought a tommee tippee baby monitor which comes with a mat sensor, which you put under baby's mattress in the area that he sleeps and if they stop breathing/move off it an alarm goes off. i'd stop letting him fall asleep on you now if you can cause it will most certainly turn into a habit, i hope this helps, but it sound to me as tho your little man will sleep fine on his tummy through the night.

take care x

Gemma - posted on 06/16/2009

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Hi Gina firstly congratulations on the birth of your new baby son. Secondly don't worry about him sleeping on his front you say he has a dummy which apparently helps to prevent SIDS. Having him sleep on you is proberly more dangerous than him sleeping on his front. Good Luck and enjoy him they grow up so fast. :-)

Samantha - posted on 06/16/2009

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you can help reduce sids by having a fan in the room. it reduces the risk by like 73%. i would try to get your baby to sleep on his back until hes a little older. try swaddling him, he wont be able to rollover onto his belly that way. and babys like being swaddled plus it helps them sleep longer

Anthea - posted on 06/16/2009

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Congratulations on your son. I would keep up putting him on his back to sleep. The reason why the infant death rate has declined so rapidly in the years since we were babies is because of the guidelines that sids etc have introduced. Keep up putting him on his back, it won't be long before he will be rolling onto his stomach by himself. My eldest love sleeping on her tummy too. I would just gently roll her back onto her back if I went in and found that she had rolled onto her tummy. As for co-sleeping, I didn't have much luck there. All 3 of mine have loved getting into my bed if they were unsettled. I have twins due in 6 weeks and can only assume that they will both end up there too!! LOL. Good luck.

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dont worry how he sleeps it is how he is most comfy. and the health people are always coming up with something new. they said for my 13 yr old to sleep on her belly , my 4 yr old to sleep on her side an my 1 yr old to sleep on his back. dont worry . all my kids slept on their belly , an i preferred it because if they spit up they wont choke on it like if they are on their back . they will find their own way to comfort themselves an it isnt wrong. just dont have loose blankets or stuffed animals around his face or head. an if you dont mind him sleeping with you for a couple years then let him sleep with you, some can handle it some cant. my 1 year old sleeps in my bed, but my 13 year old an 4 year old i made go to their own bed. just have to stick to it an let them cry for a little its good for them an it lets them know your not gonna give in so easy. just sooth the baby an then put it back to bed . other wize it will be in your bed for a while to come good luck an crongrats to the addition to your fam !

Cindy - posted on 06/16/2009

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First stop immediately letting him sleep on you! omg, your never gonna get any sleep that way! lol. My sister was the same way and her son was still sleeping on her at age 2 yrs old!!! ha ha. My poor sis. Anyway, read the book baby wise, very short and to the point boook. Then just adjust it to suit your needs. I think that its a little strict for me so I just adjusted it to suit my son. He slept through the nigh at 2 months old. I breastfeed until he was 14 months old. He wouldnt take a pacifier so I know how hard it can be, nd once he started teething at 6 months old then he wouldnt sleep through the night until almost 1 yr old! So just as soon as u think u have a good schedule, your bb will change it up... Just try to be flexible, nd nap when your bb naps so u keep your energy up. I wouldnt worry about your bb turning onto stomach during sleep. Just try to start him on his back and then dont worry about it! My sister let both of her kids sleep on thier stomachs. Just use your best judgement, your his mom. YOU r the only one who knows whats best for your son. Your doing a great job. Just get the bb off your stomach to sleep so u can sleep too!

Cindy - posted on 06/16/2009

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First stop immediately letting him sleep on you! omg, your never gonna get any sleep that way! lol. My sister was the same way and her son was still sleeping on her at age 2 yrs old!!! ha ha. My poor sis. Anyway, read the book baby wise, very short and to the point boook. Then just adjust it to suit your needs. I think that its a little strict for me so I just adjusted it to suit my son. He slept through the nigh at 2 months old. I breastfeed until he was 14 months old. He wouldnt take a pacifier so I know how hard it can be, nd once he started teething at 6 months old then he wouldnt sleep through the night until almost 1 yr old! So just as soon as u think u have a good schedule, your bb will change it up... Just try to be flexible, nd nap when your bb naps so u keep your energy up. I wouldnt worry about your bb turning onto stomach during sleep. Just try to start him on his back and then dont worry about it! My sister let both of her kids sleep on thier stomachs. Just use your best judgement, your his mom. YOU r the only one who knows whats best for your son. Your doing a great job. Just get the bb off your stomach to sleep so u can sleep too!

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2009

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hi gina, i say if he feels comfortable sleeping on his front let him sleep on his front. when i was a baby the national health ppl said to lie us on our fronts. If you are really concerned i believe you can buy a sleep monitor which goes under the mattress and regulates his breathing. i have not used one myself and i think it can be pricey and as long as you dont get too obsessed with it im sure it will be ok.

both my daughters would not sleep on there backs either and they are now 1 and 4.

keep the pacifier in his mouth when you put him to sleep on his front as this will help keep his air way open a little bit more.



this is only my opinion and has worked for me



good luck!

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