How do I keep my 7 month old from turning over in his crib?

Brittany - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old boy was doing a great job of falling asleep on his own... then all of a sudden decided he wants to roll over on his stomach. I have a sleep positioner but he kicks it away. Any suggestions?!!?

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Elizabeth Carroll - posted on 09/26/2009

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I agree with all of the above posts in reference to letting him roll. Just keep it safe and take out all soft suffocation hazards. A fan will keep air circulating, if you are still worried. As for swaddling, it certainly helps the baby feel more secure, but can delay gross motor skill development when practiced for too long.

Jane - posted on 09/26/2009

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it's part of his development, he's getting ready to crawl. he'll settle back on his own.

Carmen - posted on 09/26/2009

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Yes, I agree. He is old enough that he does not need to be restricted to only sleeping on his back.

Aileen - posted on 09/25/2009

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Yeah, once baby starts to roll, that's when all the cute bumbers, and even the sleep positioner should come out of the crib. Once that baby is rolling, it'll be a natural instinct for him to lift his head up. If you're still not sure you might want to give a quick call to your pediatrician or the nurse at his/her office given that they know the baby's medical history and are charting the baby's development. They should be able to help you out. Hope it helps!

Jackie - posted on 09/25/2009

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It's ok for him to roll over on his own...as long as there is nothing in his crib that can pose a risk for suffocation then he will be fine .

Tracy - posted on 09/25/2009

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I used a sleeping bag too with my little boy from 3 months. He did'nt like being wrapped for some reason. He started to roll on his front around this time too. I remember putting him on his back then it would be a tug of war all night. Then I realised he was fine and he could get back and forth on his own. If they have the strength then its fine. Its more important to make sure toys, buffers, pillows and blackets are removed from the cot. :)

Anita - posted on 09/25/2009

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i wouldn't worry too much if he wants to sleep on his tummy...if he knows how to roll back and forth and lift his head up he should be fine, juz make sure his crib is free from blush toys and pillows and cusions etc...what also helps is baby nap sacks during winter if he moves too much and u think he'll get cold, it also helps with having blankets in the crib...

Mel - posted on 09/25/2009

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just let him go for it hon if you are worried about him getting caught in blankets etc dress him in the fitted sleeping bags i used them for both my kids and never had a problem

Allison - posted on 09/24/2009

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I would agree. I think SIDS is overrated... I think there are a lot of other unfortunate things that happen to babies... such as apnea ( when they stop breathing, forget to breathe), I do believe sids exists, but not the blame for every babies death.

Allison - posted on 09/24/2009

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I agree with the moms too. Let him roll. He will be fine. Just remove bumpers and lots of blankets and toys. You cant control the rolling.

Cristina - posted on 09/24/2009

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Let him, just take everything out the crib, put warm pj's that will keep him warm all night, it's his time to roll. Just remember be safe.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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I've had 4 kids now, they all slept on their stomach...... Honesty, if you constantly worry about the SIDS and everything else that is scaring you, you'll never enjoy parenthood. If there is circulation in the room and baby is not swaddled by a blanket where the body cannot breath, baby will be fine. SIDS is another one of those diagnosis, I do not agree with. There is always a cause of death, always a cause in everything.

Tiffany - posted on 09/24/2009

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Get rid of the positioner and let him roll. If he can roll from tommy to back fine tham you have nothing to worry about.

Bethany - posted on 09/24/2009

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Yep, just let him roll! He'll get used to sleeping on his tummy, and is a little old for a positioner. My daughter slept so much better on her tummy than on her back!

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I am a mother of a eight month old boy and I still swaddle him to this day especially because of sids . He seems to like it and it keeps him warm in the winter and summer when the air is on . When he gets real cranky I swaddle him some times he will go to sleep for a nap or just calm down and want to be held , it is amazing to . Maybe you should try it I take a sheet and fold it in half long ways make sure his mouth is not covered and not to tight so he can breathe easily . Remember to prop a pillow or something that you used when your child was just born so that it will keep them from turning over .

Veronica - posted on 09/24/2009

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I agree with the other moms too. If he's rolling let him roll. If you try and restrain him you may hurt him. If he can roll, he can reposition himself.

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i agree also!! he will be fine and its awesome that he's rolling already.. no worries, if he can roll, then he is able to lift his head to reposition if need be.. i also used to roll my sons over to their back again.. but no use, they would just roll back

Leah - posted on 09/24/2009

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i agree with the other mothers. if he is old enough to roll over by himself then he will be fine.

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He is at the age where it is safer for him to sleep in the crib without anything and that includes blankets, sleep positioners, stuffed animals, etc... Let him roll on his stomach and sleep that way if he wants. It's okay if they can roll that way themselves. I wasted a lot of time rolling my son over to his back after he had fallen asleep. He roll back to his stomach within 5 minutes. My pediatrician told me not to worry.

ELIZABETH - posted on 09/24/2009

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Let him move, its time. When they start rolling over and stuff you don't have to worry about suffocation there old enough to move, Just don't have a bumper or lots of stuff in his crib and he will be fine! My daughter sleeps with her legs hanging out of the crib.

Jenn - posted on 09/24/2009

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Let him roll! :) If he is able to roll over on his own you have nothing to worry about. I know they recommend babies sleeping on their back, but if they are able to roll on their own then there isn't anything you can do to stop them, and the concern of them possibly suffocating isn't there now due to the fact that they are now able to roll and lift their head on their own.

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