(Closed) DD won't sleep on her back! Suggestions?!

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
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516 posts
Busy bee

My Dear Daughter (now 14) would only sleep on her side.  We had success with the triangle shaped sleep positioners.  I’m not sure if you can still get them, but they worked for us.  My DS had reflux so sleeping on his back did not work for him.  I found the little ones tell us very clearly what makes them the most comfortable, and not the APA or whatever studies are being published at the moment.

Post # 19
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’d give tummy a try before i would use a positioner. my Dear Daughter fought the swaddle so hard but I forced her to learn to love it! Maybe you could try the merlin sleep suit? It’s meant as a swaddle transition but maybe it will muffle her startle reflex without her being completely swaddled? 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That sounds exactly like my dd, she’s 8 months now. From the day she was born, she had to be held to sleep longer than 20-30 minutes. We tried to keep her on her back, but she just wouldn’t have it. Finally, we let her sleep on her tummy and she slept great. She still does. She does curl her legs underneath her, so she’s not totally flat. If baby is happier and sleeping better on their tummy, then so be it. 

Also, she mostly sleeps in her crib now (we held her to sleep, then went to RnP, then crib), but when she’s having a bad night we bed share. I know you said you’re not comfortable with it, but if your LO sleeps better that way, it might not hurt to try that. Keep your arms around LO and you will be very aware of where you are and where LO is. 

Babies change their sleep habits all.the.time, hang in there!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Sorry! I often say I wish Dear Daughter came with specific instructions. It would make life so much easier. Dear Daughter is now 3 months and sleep has always been the hardest thing. She is an aweful napper and still isn’t sleeping through the night. We swaddle her with a Halo sleep sack, but with her arms out and she does well. She also rolls onto her side and has since she was in the hospital. I just let her do what ever she needs to do to sleep as I also enjoy sleep. 

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