tummy sleeping

Danni - posted on 06/23/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my 7 month old boy has started sleeping on his tummy, is this safe and normal?? how old were your kids before they started tummy sleeping?

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I believe its safe for him to be sleeping on his tummy at that age as I'm sure he can roll himself over if he needs to. My boy who is 2 yrs old now loved sleeping on his tummy since he was born very strong n would turn his head from side to side right from word go. I kept a close eye on him during the day when he would have his naps. I didnt really let him sleep on his tummy much at night time as a precaution. He learned to roll over at 3 wks of age so no matter how I placed him, he would roll onto his tummy where he was most comfy. Every child is diffferent and u have to make this decision whether u r ok with him sleeping on his tummy. If u r worried only put him on his belly during the day whilst keeping an eye on him:)

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Jami - posted on 06/26/2010

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Unfortunately being at the age he is its hard to keep them on their backs to sleep. I was a little apprehensive when my son started rolling on his tummy during the night. i talked to his pediatrician about it and he said at this age its ok because they have good head and neck movement, plus there is really nothing you can do about it unless your going to go back and flip him back over, which could get pretty old. They just don't recommend putting new borns on their tummies due to SIDS.

Sara - posted on 06/26/2010

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my daughter was 9 month old when she started turning over at might and sleeping on her tummy, to me i think its normal, u can try turning him over but more then likely he will just turn back by himself I think he should be fine if u think its a concern then talk with his doctor to see what u can do but in reality here you wont be able to stop him I think he will be fine he just likes sleeping on his tummy and it prbly. soothes him alittle. Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2010

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My daughter ever since she was born has been a tummy sleeper. I know they say to lay babies on their backs to sleep but she never could sleep that way. She's 6 months now and still does. I think its fine as long as he is able to know when to turn his head and doesn't seem to have any troubles with breathing.

Jessi - posted on 06/26/2010

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yes it's safe & normal. my son slept on his belly from day 1 & he's perfectly fine. when my son started day care at 4mos, they are required by state law (unless a dr's note is issued or the baby can roll over) to have babies under 1 nap on their backs. the day care on a regular basis would complain of how my son wouldn't nap & would scream & keep others awake at nap time; they eventually listened to me & put him on his belly during nap time...they had no more trouble with him since.

Rebecca - posted on 06/25/2010

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My daughter's pediatrician said that it is safe to let her sleep on her tummy when she rolls herself into that position to sleep. I would say it is fine. If you are really nervous, there is an awesome baby monitor out there called an angel care monitor. it is a little spendy, but it monitors movement and you can set it so that it is sensitive enough to monitor a newborn's breathing. If there is absolutely no movement for 20 seconds it will alarm. It was the only way I could get sleep when my daughter was first born. but then, I am totally paranoid about something being wrong with her.

Amber - posted on 06/25/2010

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i let my baby sleep on his tummy since he was born, he is 14 months old now and wont sleep any other way but on his belly. just keep an eye on your baby. ive spoiled mine and he still sleeps in the bed with his dad and i

Danni - posted on 06/25/2010

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thank you every one for your support :) you have all made me feel alot more relaxed and comforatble about my boy's tummy sleeping. :) happy parenting!

Lori - posted on 06/25/2010

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My son slept on his tummy from birth. He would not sleep on his back. I was concerned about this issue as well. I just made sure I took the necessary precautions to ensure his safety. He slept in a sleeper or in a baby sac with no blankets, no animals and the sheet was tightly tucked under the mattress. I never had an issue with him. I also did some research and when I was little studies showed that you shouldn't put babies to sleep on their back because of the choke factor. So things change so frequently I think you have to do what's right for you and your son and what makes you comfortable. If tummy sleeping is what he wants I say go for it.

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yes. as long as he can move his head from side to side and roll over from back to front and vice versa it is safe. my son has been sleeping on his stomach since 2 1/2 months old. he's still here

Danni - posted on 06/25/2010

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thankyou laura, i feel that if he is comfy then let him sleep, but i also constantly check on him as well :)

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