Doctor insights on:
Is It Safe For Newborn Babies To Sleep On Side
Our newborn was waking up every hour the first 2 nights. A baby nurse had put him to sleep on his side and he slept 3, was this a mistake due 2 sids?
Worrisome: The last data I reviewed show side sleeping as risky as belly sleeping in the first 4 months of life.Unfortunately, if you pattern a baby to side or belly sleep in the first few days of life, they may resist back sleeping.During the early years of "back to sleep" I threatened to have baby nurses fired if I ever saw a newborn in these positions, it stopped and my babies accepted back sleep ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Total sleep time: Is ~18 hours/day, in 2-4 hour naps. Infants have more rem sleep than adults. Co-sleeping increases chances of parents' misinterpreting brief arousals as awakenings requiring feeds. To promote consolidation of sleep, stable pm bedtime, appropriate sleep associations (falling asleep in own bed in own room), & allowing self-regulation ( infant calms himself back to sleep) should be in place by 3 mo. ...Read more
Safety issue: In the 90's the world data showed higher rates of crib death in all cultures that belly slept their babies. After the "Back to sleep" campaign has been in effect in the US, the crib death rate has fallen 40% in most populations studied. The can sleep on their tummy, but I would never suggest it unless there was a specific medical condition where they must. ...Read more
Consistency: Consistent bedtime routines, even at this young age, will help your newborn sleep better as an older baby and toddler. Many parents find a warm bath, massage, songs, rocking and feeding are good bedtime routines. Try to start the routine around the same time each evening. It takes practice but eventually your little one will come to expect this and will associate this with going to bed easily. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Is it safer for a baby to sleep on its back or on its front or on its side?
- Is side sleeping safe for a two month old baby?
- Is it okay for newborns to sleep on their side?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Is it safe for a newborn baby to be living in the basement?
- Is it safe for babies to sleep in swings?
- Is it safe for babies to sleep on their stomach?
- Is it safe for a baby to sleep in a swing?
- Talk to a pediatrician online