(Closed) I thought it wasn't safe for a newborn to sleep on their side

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have had 3 children. 2 slept on their side and *gasp* my youngest slept on his tummy. My oldest had to have a blanket over him, the middle was swaddled, and my youngest (the tummy sleeper) had huge reflux issues and would choke lying on his back all night long so he slept better on his tummy and I felt better knowing he wouldn’t aspirate his vomit. My youngest slept in my room until he could fully roll and his reflux issue subsided so I was always close by.

While the ped would tell me that his tummy wasn’t the ideal situation for most babies because of SIDS, he understood why he slept better and why I chose to let him sleep that way.

With any parenting advice, you take the advice and do what is best for you and your children.

Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

There are ideal situations and then there is reality. Maybe her child will only sleep on his side or only fall asleep on his side and then can be moved to his back.

Post # 6
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Sometimes my little guy will roll over to his side… my pediatrician told us that it’s not the biggest deal in the world and to try to put him back on his back to sleep. It’s possible her baby was just taking a quick snooze and she chose to take a picture of him in that position, that he kicked his swaddle blanket loose and that’s how he ended up. Mine does it all the time, I just try to make sure it’s away from his nose so that the can breathe.

Bottom line- it’s just a picture.. so it could have been a brief moment in time. She might be swaddling her baby tightly to sleep on his back every other moment of the day for all we know…

Post # 7
3451 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sleeping on the back is best, but every baby has different needs.  My youngest daughter would only sleep in her swing.  She slept sitting up for a long time during the first year (you may read this is a no-no as well).  My middle child slept on her side, because she had reflux.  She actually had a wedge under her mattress to keep her slightly elevated, as well as a positioner to keep her on her side while asleep.  Also, most babies will end up asleep on their tummy once they are able to roll over on their own.  So really, I don’t think it’s anything to be alarmed about.

Post # 8
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m 15 years older than my brother, and that kid was just NOT going to sleep on his back. It was never going to happen, and he was a pretty pukey baby. My sister and I were both stomach sleepers (back before people were all ZOMG YOU WILL KILL YOUR KID) but still wasn’t sure. In the end, the Doctor told her that since we are a clean, non-smoking household and there is nothing in his crib, it’s probably fine.

Little man slept like 10 hours a night from then on. 

Obviously, there is always a risk with any parenting decision someone could make. I really believe that, for the most part, new parents today do the absolute best they can and are constantly bombarded with internet research, etc. More than any of us, they are the ones that know their baby, know their general familiar situation, and get to make that call. 

My neice is about 4-5 weeks old now, and while I plan to make some different parenting decisions when we have kids, she’s not my baby. She’s loved, and taken care of, so I’ll just STFU unless she’s doing something egrigeous like leaving her home alone.

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