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03-23-2008, 02:52 PM
Who lets their baby sleep on their tummy?
From the time my son started sleeping in his crib instead of his bassinet he slept on his tummy and that first night he did both of those things, he slept through the night and has ever since. The rules change every couple of years so how do you know what's right? When I was a baby my mom was told she had to put my on my tummy so I wouldn't choke on my vomit.Then a few yrs ago babies had to sleep on their side... now that's out too. My son has a terrible acid reflux and spits up constantly so that was a huge concern for me. But when he'd sleep on his back he'd be up every 3 hours because he'd kinda jump and get scared like how you wake up sometimes thinking your falling, ya know? Every other parent I've talked to says the only way their child slept through the night was on their tummy as well. My son is 8months old now and his Pediatrician said he's fine to sleep on his tummy since he's old enough to flip around from side to side. So I'm just wondering how many other moms do put their kids on the tummy.
03-23-2008, 04:40 PM
I didn't the first few weeks (maybe 1 week? don't remember) w/ my oldest b/c they have you so scared with SIDS. But after that, it was tummy. I don't remember if I started my second one on his back or not, but he was a tummy sleeper as well. I think there is definitely something to SIDS, but I also think that it's already there, and that if it's going to happen, it's going to happen, you know?
03-23-2008, 05:46 PM
I kept my girls on the backs for awhile but that was mainly because the doctors wanted me to swaddle them as much as possible at first because of how little they were (4' 8" and 3'14"). However as soon as they realized that they could roll over, they refused to stay on their backs. We would lay them down and they would roll to their bellies within 30 mins. I've had a lot of people tell me how bad that is but my kids refuse to sleep any other way.
03-23-2008, 08:26 PM
my son is 15mo old now and I left him on his back until he could roll over on his own around 3-4mos then I started putting him down on his belly. He still won't sleep through the night, but he refuses to lay on his back. He had multiple ear infections though and tubes inserted at the beginning of this month, and sleeping on his back with an ear infection was painful for him as back sleeping causes more pressure in the ear.
03-23-2008, 11:30 PM
My son didn't like to sleep on his back for the longest time but after countless nights of trying different things, he is now sleeping on his back (he's almost 4 mos old). I'm so scared of SIDS that I couldn't trust myself to put him on his tummy, although he probably would have slept better. We finally swaddled him and lay him down when he's asleep. Now, he is used to it and we are weaning him off of the swaddling.
03-24-2008, 11:29 AM
My daughter is a tummy sleeper. I always followed the "Back to sleep, tummy to play" when I first had her, but she refused to sleep for longer than an hour or so. My MIL put her to bed on her tummy one time and she slept for 6 hours. I knew we weren't supposed to, so I absolutely kept a close watch on her. I didn't put anything in her crib, not even a blanket, until she was 12 months old, just in case. But, she's a tummy sleeper, just like I am. Always has been. Like my MIL told me that night "You'll find that suggestions are great, but you'll need to find your own way and what works best for your baby". Best advice I've ever gotten as a mother. :)
03-24-2008, 12:38 PM
I'm not really sure how long my daughter slept on her back. But, I had her on a wedge pillow with the sides so she couldn't roll over during the night. She was sleeping through the night at 6 weeks. I took her off the pillow when she didn't fit on it anymore - maybe around 5 months, when she could roll herself over, I felt better letting her do it herself. I got too scared to put her to sleep on her tummy, and I still never do (she is now 19 mos), but she always ends up there not too long after I put her down.
03-24-2008, 01:19 PM
My son slept on his back until he was about nine months old...after that, like Belle above, we can't keep him off his tummy. I have heard the 'horror stories' about this as well but his favorite place to sleep is on his belly. We've not had any issues with it as he's grown up.
03-26-2008, 11:11 AM
Both of my girls have been tummy sleepers from day 1. Neither of them would sleep on their backs for more than a couple of minutes. My oldest is 7 and she still sleeps on her tummy more than her back and my youngest who is 10 months old hardly ever rolls over to sleep on her back.
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