Is it really a bad idea to let a 10 week old sleep on theor belly?

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This is the only way he will sleep longer than 1/2 an hour. He has been sleeping at night on my chest so is putting him in his own space belly down that much worse? I just want him to be safe but i would also like to get some sleep.


Ally - posted on 05/17/2009




Some kids are just vastly more comfortable that way, and as long as he's on a firm surface he should be fine. My parents were told that babies should ONLY sleep on their stomachs! He'll be fine, just keep an eye on him. The whole back-to-sleep thing is a) a generalization, and b) doesn't prevent SIDS any more than tummy sleeping causes it. All we know is that more tummy-sleeping babies suffer SIDS than back-sleeping ones--nothing about the connection. Rest your mind.


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He did it, all night in his own bed!! Still up every 3 hours but it is a start. I had some peace of mind as he was right beside me and I just kept looking in at him plus the sensor pad under him to alert me if he stopped moving or breathing....

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thanks everyone....I might try it tonight as he just napped the best he ever has. I have him in a cosleeper right next to the bed and have the sensor monitor on too.....

Kelly - posted on 05/17/2009




both my son and daughter have slept on there bellys since day one, they were very windy so this was more comfortable for them and its what mymom did with me as a baby. you do get worried and find yourself checkin on them abit more because there is so much controversy about it, but at the end of the day, do what i best for you and your baby. xx

Jeanne - posted on 05/17/2009




I have two children and when my oldest was born ( 18 yrs. ago) it was the norm to have them sleep on their tummies. As long as you keep an eye on your baby, there should be no problem. This is your child and you know them best. Don't worry about what other people think. Now get some sleep!

Kay - posted on 05/17/2009




ive got 2 children and it never hurt them to sleep on there belly it actually helps to digest food better and milk..

Caroline - posted on 05/17/2009




Hi Angela,

We too had the same dilema with our daughter, now 5 months old. She would only sleep for 3/4 hour on her back, or on our chests.

We found that if we layed her 'propped' on her side she lasted a little longer, however she kept rolling on to her tummy.

So although we were advised against it by health professionals, for it by our own mothers, we let her sleep on her belly and she now sleeps 12 hours at night.

She also suffered from colic, so sleeping on the belly was much more comfortable for her.

We just made sure she slept in a sleeping bag so there was no chance of the cover smothering her, and checked on her periodically

You will probably come against some opposition, however lack of sleep for mother and baby in my opinion is just as bad and it won't be long before he can roll onto his own belly during the night!

Amanda - posted on 05/17/2009




since 12 weeks we could not keep our baby on her back, or at the bottom of the cot! She went into her own room at 8 weeks as she snores and wakes me up, then i have to listen to hubby's snoring all night lol! We bought the angelcare monitor, it has a breathing pad that you put under the mattress, it picks up every movement - even someone walking past a door, a breeze from a window or ceiling fan - so you have to adjust it's sensitivity. It alarms if no movement for 8 seconds, one beep on your listening end, as well as in baby's room - often enough to wake a baby out of a deep sleep and get them breathing again, if no movement still it sounds a continuous alarm until you turn it off. it's only ever gone off once with chloe in the cot - she'd rolled to the other end of the bed completely, so we put it in the middle now, the other times it's gone off were when we've forgot to turn it off when getting her out of bed.

mand x

Lisa - posted on 05/17/2009




my boy is 11 weeks (5 weeks adjusted) and he sleeps loads better on his tummy so i leave and he is fine not sure if its ok or not but just to let u know we r the same lol xx

User - posted on 05/17/2009




From what I have read, a baby that has been sleeping on their back, and then put to sleep on their tummies, it increases their chance of SIDS by 20%. From what I have heard from other moms, sometimes it was the only way to keep their baby asleep. I suppose you need to feel comfortable with your choice.

Lynsey - posted on 05/17/2009




have you tried swaddling himthen laying him down on his back? Its all about keeping them safe at then end of it isin't i suppose and every1 has different ideas and opinions but swaddling them is a good one they feel protected then like when they were in the womb. I did put my lil un on her back though from day one then when she started rolling well all you can do is keep an eye good luck xx

Adina - posted on 05/17/2009




my son always slept on his belly. i tried putting him on his back and he wouldn't sleep that way more than just a few minutes. just so long as there's no stuffed animals or puffy blankets near him, i'm sure he'll be just fine.

Pamela - posted on 05/17/2009




He should be fine.. My son slept on his belly since day one.. aslong as he can move his head then there shouldnt be a problem

Cathelijn - posted on 05/17/2009




My daughter has slept on her belly since around 10 weeks, she never really used to sleep much unless someone was holding her. One day she was in her crib on her back screaming and my mum flipped her on her belly and she went straight to sleep!! she slept for 2 hours which was the longest she ever slept! She did have good head and neck control by this time. It does worry me because they recommend sleeping on the back. If you are comfortable with letting him sleep on his belly go for it. or wait till he is fast a sleep and flip him over on his back that might work...

Janice - posted on 05/17/2009




Everyone says that some babies can die if they sleep on their bellies. My son is 8 months and he has been sleeping on his stomach since he was 2 months old, it was the only way he would sleep longer as well. I just made sure the blanket he slept wasn't bulky for him to accidentally get smothered. Then i would check on him periodically.

Laura - posted on 05/17/2009




There were a few times when I let my daughter sleep on her belly at that age and she was just fine. It is a little bit more comfy for them because they were curled up in a ball in our belly so them laying on their belly actually makes them feel safer while sleeping. As long as there is nothing in his reach he should be just fine. Hope this helps.

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