Tummy Sleeper.

Jazmine - posted on 06/14/2013 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 5 week old loves to sleep on her stomach. I try to put her down on her back but she would only sleep 30 minutes and wake back up. But on her stomach she sleeps for hours. I'm just afraid of the risk of SIDS, so I'm not sure what to do.

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Samantha - posted on 06/17/2013

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Look babies are going to do what is most comfortable for them. For YEARS people said that babies shouldn't sleep on their backs. Here's what it comes down to, would you rather your child was comfortable and sleeping peacefully or having your child uncomfortable so you feel better?

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Samantha - posted on 06/20/2013

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My baby was breast fed and preferred sleeping on her tummy as well. I used one of those sleep positioner things and propped her on her side and the sleep positioner would be snug on her belly and back and that way she felt it on her tummy but she wasn't face down so she wouldn't suffocate or choke on spit up. I was paranoid that she would somehow roll over so I kept a close eye on her and sometimes I used a swing to get her asleep and would carefull lay her down in her bassinet that vibrated and that soothed her and kept her asleep.

Shanique - posted on 06/20/2013

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I always put my son down on his back, he turned 4 months old June 12th. I continuously check him I am a first time mom and just like to "check" but at certain parts of the night he either switches to his side or stomach. He sleeps all night. I don't know what to say just say a prayer :)

Belinda - posted on 06/18/2013

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I would really be careful , especially at this young age. I know as mom's we do what is needed, but in this case, your daughter;s sleep needs will change over time - even before another month is past! THere are plenty of people who's children slept on there tummy;s and are fine, but what of those who lost a child in a situation similar to this? It does get better and she will sleep longer!

I will add that sleep positioner's have not been approved and are not safe same goes for those "SIDS monitors"
Also, it is usually safer for children to sleep on their stomaches when they can roll over and reposition themselves.

Lana - posted on 06/18/2013

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my baby was the same..We monitored her tummy sleep and kept her on flat surfaces. Shes 8 months now and still a tummy sleeper.

Enna - posted on 06/18/2013

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I would try to get the baby to take a pacifier. (Yeah, I know this can be a hot topic. I breastfed my girls and one used a pacifier just fine.)
I would only give it to her at sleeping times. The AAP says it has been shown to decrease the occurrence of SIDS.
I bought a sleep positioner for my youngest that held her on her side when she was small. Not the same as tummy, but close.

Patrese - posted on 06/17/2013

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My daughter was the same way.just watch your child closely, no lose covers, and also you can buy a breather alarm? It beeps if they stop breathing or it seems harder for them. During my daughter first few months, I just kept checking on her, so you may lose sleep. There are cons for anyway that a child sleeps so stand by your choice, just be careful.

Sarah - posted on 06/16/2013

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Try swaddling without her arms in the swaddle. I had one that loved to be swaddled, but did not want her arms in the swaddle (she was also my one that preferred tummy) then my other one liked her arms tight, but feet loose. Also there are some light swaddle blankets you can buy that are very airy and don't hold much heat in.

Jazmine - posted on 06/14/2013

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I tried swaddling, but she doesn't like her arms to be tied down. Because of the weather she has been getting so warm while she is asleep. And that's why I stopped swaddling her.

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2013

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Have you tried swaddling her? I had one that liked the tummy too, but the risk of SIDS is SO high when on their tummy that I did not want to do that unless I was up and could watch her sleep. I would swaddle her and that helped some. She still slept longer on her tummy, but at least with the swaddle I was able to get a little bit of sleep. She was my every hour around the clock eater......not much sleep there. Also you can try the carseat or swing......not something I would recommend long term, but may give you a bit longer sleep without having to have her sleep on her tummy.

Kristen - posted on 06/14/2013

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All of my kids where tummy sleepers and did fine too. My middle child actually would go to sleep for longest time without having his blanket on his head (he got it from his dad, his dad sleeps completely under the blankets) so I would have to sit with him til he went to sleep the move his blanket. Just monitor her but I am sure she will be fine.

Michelle - posted on 06/14/2013

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2 out of my 3 were tummy sleepers and they were fine. There are great monitors out there that pick up more than the cheap ones if you are really worried.

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