Is it ok if my 4 month old sleeps on his belly?

Nichole - posted on 06/24/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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When I put my son to sleep, I lay him on his back like they say to do because of SID's and he rolls over either to his belly or his side. He will not sleep on his back. It makes me nervous. Should I flip him back to his back or just leave him alone?

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Julia - posted on 06/24/2009

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I know, I was freaked out about this too! My daughter started rolling from her back to her front first and for a long time wasn't able to roll from her belly to her back, but she would always roll onto her belly to sleep. I talked with the doctor about this because it seemed like everytime I would roll her back onto her back when she was sleeping, she'd wake up and cry until she rolled onto her belly to go to sleep again. The doctor told me that since she was able to roll, even though she couldn't roll from her belly to her back, she had enough head control to be able to put it to the side when she slept so she wouldn't suffocate herself. She said there really is no point in rolling her back onto her back because I wouldn't get any sleep because I'd be doing it all night. If your son can hold his head up fine, then let him be, he just prefers to sleep on his belly. Good luck!

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Natasha - posted on 06/29/2009

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my son splet on his tummy, his side, with his bum up in the air...

I was worried as well. but i just made sure i had no toys, minimal sheets, i bought sleeping bags to wear. there isn't much you can do when he rolls like that himself. because when you go out, he will just roll back.

i have a rule even now and my son is almost 2, as long as i can see the nose holes. :)

Rebecca - posted on 06/29/2009

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All of my four children slept on their front from babies. if you son is rolling over himself there is nothing you can do to stop this

Charlie - posted on 06/29/2009

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my bubba sleeps on his belly it scares the crap outta me lol ! but he seems to like it better .

Danielle - posted on 06/28/2009

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Just leave him!! After I brought my son home from the hospital..everyone told me to keep him on his back. I brought him home and from that day forward he slept one his belly. He never would sleep on his back! I was very worried at first but I do not know any different now..he is 19 months old and healthy. It made his neck very strong and he got alot of tummy time. He sat up, crawled and walked early. I think it really helped him build his muscles! Good luck..and no worries..he will be fine! Just check on him every now and again!

Domany - posted on 06/28/2009

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my 7 month old is a paid for rolling over but he sometimes sleeps face down in the mattress. i put him down on his back but as soon as i ve left the room he ll be rolling over i once spent half an hour sat on the stairs keep going in and putting him on his back but i let him fall asleep on his belly then go and turn him over but another problem he rolls over in his sleep to be on his belly i think that he is more comfortable like that but i just get worried when he s face down but know he must find someway comfortable to breath like that. i sometimes wake up about 4 am just to go check on him i keep trying to flip him back but sometimes wake him up lol so i just leave him on his belly - which i dont like doing as i get nervous like u but your baby likes it that way

Melissa - posted on 06/28/2009

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I am going on baby number 3 now and my kids always slept on their bellies. I found they slept much better, and had much less gas problems.

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2009

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my daughters doctor said as long as they roll themselves there and are able to roll themselves back then they are alright to sleep that way.

Luba - posted on 06/27/2009

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try putting him down in a Sleep Positioner maybe that will work and keep him in one place at night. also, you may want to swaddle him for the night. i do that to my 3 month old and he sleeps on his back and sleeps well through the night

Nichole - posted on 06/27/2009

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Quoting Samantha:



Quoting Nichole:

He is determined..I have already flipped him twice and right back to the belly he went. I am up all the time checking on him. He is our first and my hubby is constantly telling me to stop worrying about everything so much. But, like you said that's what mom's do.





I am now taking care of my third infant and I can't wait for her to start rolling over.  Babies tend to sleep a lot better on their tummies.  My doctor's have always said that if they are rolling over on their owon, you no longer have to worry about them sleeping on their backs.  If you decide to have more kids, you will be amazed at how much less you worry about them.  My husband worries more than I do.





Aw..Thank you. I do worry a lot. He has been on his belly for a few days now and he is fine.

Samantha - posted on 06/27/2009

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Quoting Nichole:

He is determined..I have already flipped him twice and right back to the belly he went. I am up all the time checking on him. He is our first and my hubby is constantly telling me to stop worrying about everything so much. But, like you said that's what mom's do.


I am now taking care of my third infant and I can't wait for her to start rolling over.  Babies tend to sleep a lot better on their tummies.  My doctor's have always said that if they are rolling over on their owon, you no longer have to worry about them sleeping on their backs.  If you decide to have more kids, you will be amazed at how much less you worry about them.  My husband worries more than I do.

Lindsay (Linz) - posted on 06/24/2009

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Cute little guy! I would leave him alone. I'm putting my 3 week old on his belly because that is honestly the only way he will sleep.

Alanna - posted on 06/24/2009

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I agree with the people who say let him be :)

My son does that same thing, he will be 6 months tomorrow. When he started, i just made sure that the bedding he sleeps on is very thin (just a sheet) and that the blankets are tucked into the sides (if he kicks them out, then just dress him in appropriate clothing for the night, and go blanketless) I was up every hour checking on him cuz I feel just like you with the freaking out over SIDS thing!! Once about a week went by and he survived every night, I decided I needed sleep again haha. Its a scary thing when they start that!!!! but soooo darn cute :)

Nichole - posted on 06/24/2009

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He is determined..I have already flipped him twice and right back to the belly he went. I am up all the time checking on him. He is our first and my hubby is constantly telling me to stop worrying about everything so much. But, like you said that's what mom's do.

Rebecca - posted on 06/24/2009

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Quoting Laura:

Just leave him be! My son just started flipping over to his tummy also, and i was nervous at first, but there really is no point in flipping them over! Seth just flips right back over!



You summed what i was trying to say perfectly :)

Brittany - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son has been sleeping on his belly since the day we brought him home from the hospital. He wouldnt sleep any other way. i was nervous too but when they get to the age where they can roll themselves the risk of sids is so little. he will be fine but you wont!! haha my son is 9 months old and i still check on him constantly throughout the night. i will probably do it until he is grown and doesnt live at home anymore, thats just what moms do!

Rebecca - posted on 06/24/2009

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does he liked being wrapped up at night? if you wrap him up that might stop him from rolling over. I never put my baby on his back because he used to vomit in the early days, so what if i was asleep and he vomited?? he could have choked!!! thats why i dont agree entirely about sleeping them on their back, so i side slept him. Im not saying you should deliberatley put him on his belly but if he will do it hew will do it, you would have to set your alarm every half hour through the night to flip roll him back onto his back. You, poor thing i would be anxious too, he sounds like such a determined little fella!! cute too!!!

Laura - posted on 06/24/2009

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Just leave him be! My son just started flipping over to his tummy also, and i was nervous at first, but there really is no point in flipping them over! Seth just flips right back over!

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