Belly or back??

Laura - posted on 10/21/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




I have had so many people give me different opinions on if your baby should sleep on there back or there belly! My 2 month old lil girl has NEVER been able to sleep on her back. She just can not stya comfortable. What do you think is better, belly or back?


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Becky - posted on 10/23/2009




My son was the same and I asked my mom and my two brothers and I were put on our bellies to sleep, were all still here. North America is the only continent that has "sleep regulations" for infants. My son after like you said sleeping hell for about 2 months, cause we put him on his back like they recommend, started sleeping for 6 hours at a time on his belly. It really is comforting to see other mothers have had the same issue and worries.

Carrie - posted on 10/23/2009




I had the same troubles with my 2 kids. They never slept on the backs or sides - they would move and wake themselves up. They did however sleep a lot better on their stomachs - so that is just what I did contrary to what all the books say - I needed sleep bad! And yes, I made sure they had neck control before doing this, but it worked wonders for us!

Erin - posted on 10/22/2009




My son is 2 months and is also a belly sleeper. I'm actually really glad to hear that there are other parents who "admit" that their kids sleep on their tummys! My son would startle so bad when he fell asleep on his back that he would constantly wake himself up! There was no sleep for him or me! I swaddled him when he was newborn, but once he started moving, his arms would always come out, and then he would become startled! On his belly he is able to "snuggle" better and feel more secure. As soon as I switched him to his tummy, he slept so much better! I would make sure that he can easily move his head back and forth and has good neck control before you let them sleep on their tummys.

Claudia - posted on 10/21/2009




As long as her neck muscles are strong enough to turn her head back from side to side, I was told it was ok to let them sleep on their belly. My son was a belly sleeper from about 2-3 months on.

Ashley - posted on 10/21/2009




My son is a tummy sleeper. We tried swaddling, he hated that so he would wriggle out...including the velcro kind! We tried the positioner, he would scream and contort his body to get out of that. We tried his side, no way!

For the first eight weeks my husband and I slept in the living room, and I would have my son sleep on my chest, which was the only way he would sleep.

After two months of sleeping hell, I discovered he prefered to sleep on his tummy. I had to run to the bathroom, and on the way I placed him in his bassinet, on his tummy. When I returned to get him back, he was sound asleep. I freaked out a little, because of everyone telling me to put him on his back, so I watched him for the hour or so he slept.

That night, I placed him on his tummy in his bassinet which was right next to me by my bed. He slept so well, although I didn't! :)

I called his doctor, she said that while she prefers he sleep on his back, as long as I have nothing in his bed, he should be fine.

So, for the first four months, my son slept in his bassinet by my bed until he was rolling all over the place.

He still is a tummy sleeper. But, so am I! :)

So while my son is pro-tummy, I recommend trying to swaddle and/or use a positioner. If she still won't, just keep an eye on her. Keep EVERYTHING out of her crib. She only needs a fitted crib sheet. Put a fan in the room to keep air circulating. There is also this neat movement sensor pad, I think it is called AngelCare, so if she stops moving (I think it is sensitive enough to detect breathing), a really loud alarm goes off.

Even now at seven months my son has a monitor in his room so I can hear anything.

Good luck in whatever you choose!

Jennifer - posted on 10/21/2009




They say to keep them on their backs due to smothering and SIDs but I had one that was a belly sleeper also! We had this pillow like thing that could prop him on his side at night and all the rest of the time he would lay on me on his belly. Just if you do the belly make sure you watch your baby!

Sharon - posted on 10/21/2009




We used a sleep positioner.

My son hated sleeping on his back. We swaddled him, and used the positioner to put him on his side. He really loved sleeping on his tummy. So when I was folding laundry I would lay out a playmat and put him on his tummy. He would often fall asleep that way in front of me.

My other two were treated the same way because it worked so well for the first one.

I think he felt better sleeping on his side because of the cushion that pressed against his belly.

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