(Closed) Baby sleeping on stomach…is this okay?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Busy bee

They make a thing and I’m sorry I cant remember what it’s called but it’s like 2 pillowish things connected and you lie the baby in the middle. I’m going to serch for you now. They say belly sleeping ups the chances of SIDS.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Its called a wedge or sleep positioner.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Oh hell. It’s been 13 years since I mine was tiny. I do have a friend who fosters newborns. I will ask her tomorrow and see what she says.

Sorry I couldnt be more help.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Okay, I actually have her on the phone now. She says she usually doesnt have that problem but the few times she did she used a monitor that would alert her if their breathing stopped. Apparently similar to the ones they use for preemies

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Once babies start rolling over on their own, there really isn’t much you can do. You could try a SwaddleMe wrap, but most babies won’t deal with being wrapped after a certain age.

It’s pricey, but I always recommend it, invest in an AngelCare monitor! It has a motion censor for movement, breathing, and room temp so that you will be alerted almost immediately if the baby stops breathing. It slips right under the crib mattress, the wires don’t get anywhere near the baby. It just gives so much peace of mind if you’re worried about SIDS.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@KatyElle:  Our doctor told us once the baby could roll over, to discontinue the Swaddle Me.  The fear is that they can get on their stomachs, and they don’t have their arms free to get to their backs if they’re suffocating.

I second the Angel Care monitor.  We didn’t do one, because Dirty Delete isn’t a big roller in bed.  I do know a lot of people that do, and they swear by them.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Quietserenity:  Good to know. I had no idea, both my daughters never wanted to be wrapped up after about 8 weeks or so. We just use sleep sacks now, which keep baby cozy but allow them mobility.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do not use those baby positioners that keep the baby on their back.  There is evidence that they do more harm than good.

Once the baby starts flipping over there really isn’t a lot you can do.  They are finding the most comfortable position for themselves.  As long as his/her head is to the side, the baby will be fine.

Also, don’t swaddle once the baby can roll over for the reasons Quietserenity stated.

A monitor is a great idea.  We used one with our kids when they were babies.

As you’re doing, just make sure there’s nothing in the crib that the baby can get to, like blankets, stuffed animals, even bumper pads (do they even still sell those things?)

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

There’s actually no evidence that Angel Monitors (or other similar) decrease the risk of SIDS for otherwise healthy infants. The monitors have fairly low sensitivity – given that the sensors are under the mattress.

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-sids-beyond-the-basics#H11

Just turn him over onto his back when you find him on his stomach! And don’t swaddle him, although if he’s managing to turn over he’s probably not swaddled at this point anyway. At least you don’t have to worry that he gets enough tummy time 🙂

Post # 16
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Blushing bee

I’m not a mom so take this with a grain of salt, but I have 12 nieces and nephews so I’ve been around babies for over 15 years.  The majority of babies in my family sleep on their belly at some point — it comforts them — and there has never been any sort of problem.  Also I grew up in a family of 6 and we were belly sleepers too…again, not a problem.  I think babies are just going to pick the way they feel most comfortable.

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