DD won't sleep on her back! Suggestions?!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

So does she sleep well on her stomach? If so, I would just put her down on her stomach. Especially if you have a co-sleeper basinett right next to your bed so you can keep an eye on her.

The risk of SIDS is extremely low, and people have been putting babies to sleep on their stomachs for hundreds of years. Just make sure there are no loose blankets in her crib.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you get a monitor, go with the Snuza, I loved it. Very few false alarms (when diaper was super wet and pulled away from his tummy), and since it clips on you can use it anywhere.

I would suggest stripping the bed to nothing but the fitted sheet, sending DH to the sofa, and co-sleeping.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I second the SNUZA.  Also maybe try the 4moms mamaRoo (if you can afford it.  It is kind of pricey).

ETA: Oh, and have you called your doctor/midwife?  They have to have suggestions.  Maybe reaching out to a postpartum group in your community would be helpful too.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My older daughter could only sleep on her stomach and my younger can only sleep on her side with her face in the crib bumper (yes, I know it’s not recommended)

Both are not ideal sleeping positions but saved my sanity when sleep is a luxury.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Merry02:  When I was born the only safe thing was for babies to sleep on their stomach. My mother still remembers waking up to turn me from my back on to my stomach. Recommendations change so rapidly that it’s ridiculous.. Just remember if you put her on her side to switch between sides, not always the same side.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Merry02:  my daughter has slept on her side since day 1 without issue and without a positioner. I have the snuza, however, I have realized it’s not as effective if they sleep on their sides as it loses connectivity. After a few  false alarms we have stopped using it.

Post # 10
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Wannabee

Ohh commenting to follow as  I have the same issue! My son is 4 week and naps well during the day (in the bassinet, in the swing, anywhere actually) but only for an hour tops. At nights it takes a while to settle him down (swaddle, white noise, etc) and he will only sleep for an hour or in his bassinet next to our bed before waking up from a poop or a fart or who knows what. If he sleeps next to me he can go for 3+ hours without waking up, wakes up, eats, and falls right back asleep. But I’m scared of having him sleep next to me for safety reasons. I’m the one who ends up waking up every 30 min to check if he’s still breathing…

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

My DD is the same way. We’ve been bedsharing since day one because of it. It takes a toll on me, but it’s better than no sleep at all. I was worried about safety too, but I find that I’m very tuned into her when we sleep next to each other.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Merry02:  She’s 8 months old now. She’s also a tummy sleeper now, which I figured she would be. I always made sure that she was on her back or her side, usually in the crook of my arm when we bedshared in the beginning. I put her pack n play next to my side of the bed so that she can’t fall off the bed. The downside is that it hurts my shoulders/hips to bedshare because I have to stay on my sides when I’m actually a tummy sleeper. Oh well, one day she’ll make the transition to a bed of her own!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Merry02:  It’s my understanding that the SNUZA Hero clips onto their diaper.  So it was designed to stay in place when a baby moves around.  In fact, if the baby doesn’t move it vibrates a little to reassert movement and ensure the baby is ok before it sends an alarm to you.  It’s supposed to have contact with the skin to read vital signs, so I’d imagine that if it loses that skin-to-skin contact, an alarm would also go off to notify you.  It’s really an amazing product.  I bet you could contact customer service and explain your situation and see if they recommend a certain product or maybe clipping it to a specific part of the diaper (rather than the front).

ETA: from their FAQ…

11. Can Hero be used with a baby that sleeps on his tummy?

Hero relies on movement in the area where the sensor is located. Usually, when sleeping on its back (as recommended by the World Health Organisation to reduce the risk of SIDS) the sensor contained in the blue tip of Hero will be located as close to the tummy as possible where the most movement of a baby occurs. If baby sleeps on its tummy, then the tummy movement is reduced, simply because of the restriction of the mattress. More movement occurs at the sides than when sleeping on the back. By trial you will need to position Hero away from the tummy, because that will cause discomfort, towards the side where you can visibly see movement. There is a greater possibility of false alarms occurring in this case, but after a few trials you will find a position to attach Hero that will provide successful monitoring of movement. Please also be aware that if your baby sleeps on his tummy then any alarm sound may be muffled, and the use of a sound monitor may be required.

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