Sleeping On Belly

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Amanda - January 24

does anyone put their baby to sleep on their belly? My son is 6 weeks old and refuses to sleep on his back. We have tried everything, but he will not sleep longer than 20 minutes on his back. When we put him on his belly he sleeps for at least 2 hours (he's not a great sleeper anyway). I know that they are supposed to sleep on their backs, but does anyone really know why? I always make sure that there are no blankets or toys for him to suffocate in...?


Kelly K - January 24

I went and bought a SIDS motion monitor so I could let my daughter sleep on her stomach. She finally stopped wanting to sleep on her stomach and now prefers her side. They sell wedge supports at Babies R Us for like $15. I just swaddle her up and lay her on her side in the wedges so she can't roll onto her belly.


Amanda - January 24

Kelly- can you tell me more about the SIDS monitor? Where can you buy it- that would at least give me a little more piece of mind...


H - January 24

I had the same problem when I put him to sleep the first month on his back. His arms would flare and it would startle him and wake him up. I was going to swaddle him like its always been done to babies for years but I wanted him to be free, he's out of the womb now! When he slept on his tummy his arms wouldn't flare and it looked like he was more cozy that way. I feared of SIDS but his ba__sinet was next to my bed and I kept a close eye on him. I put my own wegdes on his sides and the public health nurse who came to visit told me to remove them for better air circulation. She also told me to remove the bumpers for air circulation. I put the bumpers back on when he began to roll around in the months ahead. By sleeping on his tummy I found he developed good neck muscles and was able to hold his up by the end of the first month. I also did not want him to develop a flat head if he slept on his back only. But if you do decide to sleep on the back, when he is awake its good to have on the tummy sometimes to develop the neck muscles and do help baby change sleeping positions by sleeping on each side of the head when you put on the side. To even out the pressure. Its only for a while then they have the abilty to roll and move wherever they want when asleep. My son is almost 11 months and he can sit up on his own so he goes everywhere in his crib while asleep. I have to keep covering him with the blanket during the night.


SonyaM - January 24

My son sleeps primarlily on his tummy. I hate it but that's how he is more comfortable. I have the monitor too. It is from Babies R us ($100.00) and detects movement through their breathing. If it does not detect movement is so many seconds it beeps once then if after 15 or 20 seconds there is still no movement is sets off a bone chilling alarm. Let me warn you though, there will be false alarms as the baby becomes more mobile. I remember that happening with my first son and I though I was gonna have a heart attack right there. I have never been so scared in all my life. We often wonder if it was a false alarm or if the alarm startled back to breathing. Who knows, but I am glad we had it.


C - January 24

My son started rolling over at 3 months or so and ever since then he only sleeps on his belly. I used to put him on his belly for naps if I was in the same room and I think he realized it was more comfortable for him.


Meredith - January 24

My first would only sleep on her belly. My second will sleep anyway you lay her, but on her belly stifles the startle reflex, so she is able to sleep longer. I do worry about SIDS. I make sure there is nothing extra in her bed, and she has room for circulation around her nose and mouth. And I check on her constantly.....


Christophers-DawnC - January 24

when we were all young we slept on our bellies. THAT IS WHAT WAS SAID TO DO THEN. Do what you are comfortable with. My lil guy likes both and I rotate


Grantsmom - January 25

I let my son (6 wks) sleep on his belly. I have the same problem many of you have, He will only sleep for about 10 minutes on his back before he wakes up. I tried proping him all kinds of ways, lying him on his back on top of a pillow, swaddeling, nothing helped. We let him sleep on his stomach out of desperation to get some sleep ourselves. Like Dawn said we all slept on our tummies and we are alive and well. My son has very good head and neck control. He could hold his head up and turn at birth. I could see the danger if the baby were premature or had weak neck muscles. I keep the monitor in the crib with him. I'll remove it when he gets a little older and it could become a danger.


Amanda - January 25

Thanks ladies- I bought the monitor yesterday and slept much better last night!


Christy - January 25

I also have heard that once they are able to roll both ways, then the risk of SIDS is significantly reduced.



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