5 month old rolls over and sleeps on belly...

Beth - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have had several people tell me that I should have my daughter sleeping on her back. We put her down like that, but when we go back into her room to check on her, she's asleep on her belly! I am always worried and constantly checking on her because of the risk of SIDS. I have heard that once a baby can roll over onto their belly, then the risk of SIDS is decreased, but it still worries me. Should I be this worried? What can I do to help her stay on her back more often?

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Natalie - posted on 09/22/2009

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Now that she's able to control her movement, she'll be able to move if her breathing is somehow obstructed. If she's a really deep sleeper, or if you're like me and just worry a lot, a sleep positioner can help. Here is what an amazon search turned up: http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=166...

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Kristine - posted on 09/25/2009

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well u can't stop it so relax take a breath and remember ur mom was probably told to put u on ur tummy all my older relatives were told by their docs to put a baby to sleep on their tummys sids is not common if there is nothing suffocating in the crib no asmtha and a non smoking home.

Amber - posted on 09/25/2009

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my daughter did this also... my pediatrician said it was fine and to leave her... she told me if she rolled over on her belly at this age it was fine and to not wake her up and just let her be

Stephanie - posted on 09/25/2009

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i personally wouldn't kill yourself worrying over this. there is a whole generation of people who's parents put them to sleep on the tummy and they survived. my mom had 4 kids and we made it through....same thing with my mother-in-law. i understand why they say it is dangerous for SIDS, i'm just saying some babies would rather sleep on their tummy. my little girl WOULDN'T sleep on her back. for the first couple of weeks we were able to get her to sleep MAYBE an hour at a time during the night and finally after trying EVERYTHING, i decided to see if she likes sleeping on her tummy instead (my sis said her little girl did the same thing). i started out just doing it during her daytime naps so i could be close and alert and keep an eye on her....and let me tell you, it made a HUGE difference. SOOOO, i think if that's how she's rolling over in her sleep and she's still sleeping soundly, let her be. and TRY to rest your mind...it should be fine, you're not being a bad mother by relaxing and not worrying about it, i made myself feel guilty at first when i would try to get my mind off of worrying over it...and in the end i had sleepless nights over nothing :)

Carolanne - posted on 09/23/2009

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My baby girl would only sleep on her tummy from 6-14 wks. Now she sleeps on both. Like the others said if she's on her tummy just make sure theres no choking hazards in the crib and the sheets are tight. A ped actually told us the sids rules change so often to just let them sleep how their comfortable. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 09/22/2009

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Just make sure that the sheet in tight and not loose, other than that your little one will be fine!!!

Ashley - posted on 09/22/2009

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My son is a tummy sleeper. It took me two months of screaming and sleepless nights to find that out because I was worried too. My son is now six months old and is doing fine.

If you set her down on her back and she rolls on her tummy, let her be. Just keep any toys, crib bumpers, pillows, and blankets out of the crib. She will be fine. :)

Amanda - posted on 09/22/2009

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if she is able to role over once she feel unconfortable or that she can not breath she will role back and keep her face up so she should be ok she is just trying to find her comfey spot

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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Once they begin to roll it does decrease the risk of SIDS. I would continue to put your baby to sleep on her back and just be sure that there is nothing in her crib that could be dangerous. All 4 of my children starting sleeping on their bellies once they starting rolling over and have had no problems. If you are still worried you could take Lauren's advice and try one of the sleeping wedges. Good luck in whatever you choose!!!

Lauren - posted on 09/22/2009

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If you look at the trends, how a baby should sleep practically changes with the weather! My son also did this, and he's 17 months and perfect. Use your own judgement, of course. If you want to keep her on her back, try a crib wedge. It would make it less comfortable to be on her stomach, and they are safe. If you haven't tried one, a sleep positioner may work, though they haven't been tested for safety/efficiency.

Antoinette - posted on 09/22/2009

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my pediatrician told me that once my children could turn themselves over it was up to them how they slept. still put them down on their backs but as long as there's nothing in the crib(pillows, toys) then its fine for them to flip over

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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It's true that once a baby can roll they sleep how they want. You sleep how your comfy and so should your little one:o) My daughter gets put in her crib on her back and then she normally rolls to her side or her tummy. She knows how to pull everything off her if she needs to. Just keep checking to make sure everything is alright. Good luck!

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