Stomach sleeping

Moniqua - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )




My son is nearly three months old and has just started rolling over to his belly. He's totally obsessed with it and will do it at any chance he gets, and especially when placed on his back. I know that the recommendation is to place babies on their backs to sleep, but if he turns over in his sleep, what should I do? Should I try to come up with a way to prevent him from rolling, or should I just assume all will be fine? Any suggestions...


Anita - posted on 05/18/2009




Wow..clever lil out he might doing everything early:)..I wouldn't be too worried as long as he can turn his head from side to side and lift his head..just watch him during his day naps and see how he goes with falling asleep on his tummy...also it is advised that once a baby starts to roll to and fro, back to front then you really should start putting them in grobags and no more swaddling..If you are really concerned u cna always do what i do and put a pillow or rolled up small blanketinfront of them and behind the back..this allows them to sleep on their side and stops them from comletely rolling back or forth..


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Stephanie - posted on 05/23/2009




My son rolled from his back to his tummy when he was 3 months old as well. I was really concerned in the beginning, but I certainly can't stay awake all night and turn him back over every time he does it. We tried a wedge and that worked for about a night and then he learned to roll over that too. I just kept putting him down on his back and if he rolled over I just left him. Around 6 months old we moved him to his own room and we have the angel care monitor that goes under the mattress and sounds an alarm if he stops moving/breathing for 20 sec. It works really great and we love the monitor, but once he started crawling he would sleep in the corner of the crib and the monitor would have a hard time detecting him. He's one now and we turned the sensor off. The monitor is around $130 which is a kind of expensive compared to some others, but it kept my mind more at ease.

Rebecca - posted on 05/22/2009




Our pediatrician said to let them go when they start to roll over on their own as they are sleeping as they feel comfortable sleeping.

Paula - posted on 05/21/2009




When my son was born all the rage was putting them on their sides (he is 14) so we had to get these wedges for them to sleep on their sides. Well, he like to sleep on his tummy so I let him. You do have to take precautions like the other ladies suggested and be smart about it, but I say do whatever makes your baby happy!

Glory - posted on 05/21/2009




Both of my daughters liked to sleep on their tummys. I just let them. They are now 7 and 9 and healthy! :)

Leann - posted on 05/19/2009




My son won't sleep on his back either. He never has. If I put him on his back he thinks it's playtime! As long as he can lift his own head, he's fine on his tummy.

Sarah - posted on 05/16/2009




Since the concern with tummy sleeping is SIDS, read up on it and it may put your mind at ease.

if he's turning over on his own.. all my kids did the same thing and they are all fine. I always check on them from time to time, but they have always been fine.. you just never know.

Ashley - posted on 05/16/2009




my son rolled and slept on his tummy everynight and I was so paraniod that I would move him. Of course I was really only keeping myself up since my son wanted to sleep on his tummy. He is 20 months and still sleeps on his tummy, with his butt in the air!

Stacey - posted on 05/15/2009




You could try a back sleeper (Wedge) but, if that doesn’t work then just let him sleep on his tummy. Make sure if you get a wedge it’s not to cushy otherwise it could be a suffocation hazard.

Abby - posted on 05/15/2009




my lil one was the same, early roller! all u can do is go and check on them and turn them over! however, if they wanna be on their tummies they'll get there! also dont forget once they can roll onto their tummies they can roll back again! i dont think u can stop them unfortunately! x

Elizabeth - posted on 05/15/2009




I think if your little guy is turning over to sleep, I think he is fine. Both of my babies slept on their bellies from day one.

Jana - posted on 05/14/2009




My daughter did the same thing at around 4 months. When I asked her doctor about it she reccomended trying to get her to stay sleeping on her back. I tried proping her matress up, pool noodles wedged agianst things so she had no room to roll...nothing worked. Then I read that the risk of SIDs goes down a lot once a child is able to roll. After reading that, it more then one report/study I stopped trying to fight her to have her sleep on her back. All of my neices and nephews slept the same way when they were little.

I wouldn't worry too much, but like most things I would mention it to your doctor to get their opinion.

Rachael - posted on 05/14/2009




I think every child is different. I've heard a lot of people say not to put your child to sleep on a pillow, my daughter will not sleep without one and hasn't since she was a newborn. They say put them on their back to sleep but she will cry and roll herself on her side to sleep if I don't put her there first. Don't put blankets in the crib with them, she will pull the blanket up under her chin and snuggle with it. I finally broke down and bought a monitor with a mat that goes under the mattress that shrieks after 20 seconds of no movement in the crib. It has only gone off once and it was a false alarm. If I'm having a mommy moment then I just turn the sensor on and the volume all the way up. I would let him sleep however he wants, if you put him on his back and he rolls over leave him.

Anne - posted on 05/14/2009




Wow, that's early for rolling on to his tummy - clever little thing!! :)

Mine starting rolling on to his tummy at 4.5 months and for a couple of weeks I slept in a single bed in his room just to ease my own mind.

Your bubs has obviously got good head/neck control and good muscle control if he's rolling already. If he can lift his head and turn it from side to side whilst on his tummy he should be fine. Does he sleep in a GroBag or under blankets? Obvioulsy he's moving around more now so if blankets just make sure he can't pull them over his head etc.

There are monitor things that can go under the sheets etc but I never worried about anything like that. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

Jaclyn - posted on 05/14/2009




I have 2 kids and they both slept on their tummy from the beginning. it was the only way i could get them to sleep for any length of time, on their backs they would wake up the minute i put them down. I say just leave him be

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