Help! My baby won't sleep on her back.

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hmmm… I have a one year old.. We co slept every once I awhile.  Do you swaddle her tightly!? Put her to bed dry and with a full tummy? Maybe she needs a sound machine to have some soothing noises to fall asleep to. maybe a bath before bed? I’m so sorry you are going through this! It’s no fun!!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Our son was the same way- hated swaddling and sleeping on his back… turns out he was a tummy sleeper. I’m not suggesting you do this- our doctor is very open-minded when it comes to parenting and this is one thing she advised strongly against. It just worked for us and for some of our friends- I’m not sure if it has to do with gas coming out easier or what? He’s 2 now and does both tummy and back sleeping, but ends up in our bed every night. It’s so hard as a new parent- especially when you hear stories from new moms around you about how well their babies are sleeping. Good luck to you! 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  My son still loves sleeping in my arms- when he’s sick it’s the only way he will sleep! Our son still does not sleep through the night- I hope you have better luck!!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m inclined to say some kids are like that! I’ve been a night nurse to a few babies that slept better when held.

Is she cold? Some kids wake up the second they hit the matress because it’s way colder than Mommy! State regulations in Massachusetts require an infant care facility to be between 68-72F.

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  Maybe try putting a hot water bottle in the bassinet while you’re rocking her to sleep? Then wait until she is really deeply sleeping… wait 10 minutes MORE… then put her in? My nephew goes through this period at around 3am where he wakes up and will NOT be put down. He HAS TO be asleep on me and wakes up as soon as I try to put him down, but if I really wait until he’s REALLY REALLY asleep I can get away with it. He is also a tummy sleeper now that he’s able to roll over. It drives me up a wall but I guess he’s less at risk now. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Are babies supposed to sleep on their back? I’m obviously not a parent or ever planning to be one…I just truly didn’t know they were supposed to. I thought they were supposed to sleep propped on their side. Something to do with SIDS if a baby is on its back….

I remember looking it up when I was younger and seeing that depending on the decade, doctors suggested a different sleeping pattern lol

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

As far as co-sleeping: most of the studies that conclude that it’s dangerous fail to differentiate between intentional co-sleeping and unintentional co-sleeping.

When co-sleeping is done intentionally by parents who are aware that they are doing it, are not intoxicated, and who arrange the bedclothes and baby’s place in the bed, etc., so that baby is not in danger of getting smothered, slipping between the bed and the wall, etc., co-sleeping is not inherently more dangerous than crib or bassinet sleeping. The dangerous side of co-sleeping is when it happens unintentionally because a parent is under the influence, not aware of baby’s whereabouts, not careful of the bedclothes and the position of baby in relation to the edge of the mattress, etc., and then accidents happen. It doesn’t sound like you’re in danger of any of that. Wink

As far as back vs. tummy sleeping: have you tried getting your baby to fall asleep in some other position, and then laying her on her back once she’s out?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  This totally goes against all I’ve ever learned about safe sleeping for babies, but maybe try putting her on her tummy for bed? I was a tummy sleeper as a baby and still am today! Can’t fall asleep unless I’m on my tummy 🙂

Also, as a side note, I used to work in a daycare and one of the little girls there was telling me how her mom used to co-sleep with her baby brother and then accidentally rolled on top of him in her sleep. The infant ended up passing away from suffocation. Thankfully you’re a light sleeper so it sounds like it would be unlikely that something like that could happen but still a very scary possibility 🙁

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I’m sure this is not recommended but my niece slept SO much better on her tummy…. So that’s what my sister did- put her on her tummy to sleep. All was fine. She was probably a few months at this point.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Side sleeping is fine – it’s as good as back sleeping as far as SIDS risks go. I never thought I would be a co-sleeper, but I have been co-sleeping with my daughter since she was born and she’s 4 months. I am a very light sleeper and I am always aware of her. We keep her away from blankets and pillows. It’s a lot better for night nursing too! There’s a lot of literature that supports intentional co-sleeping if that’s what works for your family! 

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