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When is it ok to put my baby to sleep on her side or belly?

When is it ok to put my baby to sleep on her side or belly?

1 years: Studies show that babies who are put to sleep on their backs have lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (sids). While it's true that your crawling 10 month old will likely roll around in his sleep, the official recommendation is that children under the age of 1 year should be put to sleep on their backs. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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When can babies sleep on their belly?

When can babies sleep on their belly?

Depends on age: There is a higher incidence of sudden infant death syndrome if babies sleep on their bellies than on their backs or sides. It is recommended to prop them so they do not roll on their stomachs but when they get old enough to roll on their own yu can't help iit and then it is ok for them to sleep on their bellies! ...Read more

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My 6 month old baby fell asleep on his belly should I put him on his back or let him sleep that way?

My 6 month old baby fell asleep on his belly should I put him on his back or let him sleep that way?

On the back: There is an association between sudden infant death and baby sleeping on the stomach. There is greater risk of suffocation with the baby sleeping on the stomach. It is recommended to put baby on his/her back during sleep. ...Read more

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Is it ok that my 4month old keeps turning to his side or belly when I put him down to sleep. The fear of SIDS concerns me?

Is it ok that my 4month old keeps turning to his side or belly when I put him down to sleep. The fear of SIDS concerns me?

Low risk: At this age, if he is developed enough to roll over, the risk is very low for SIDS, and neither of you will get rest if you keep turning him over. Other factors are important to avoid SIDS as well, such as a firm, smooth mattress, avoiding toys, pillows and blankets that could smother him, and avoiding all secondary smoke exposure and co-sleeping. He'll do well with a concerned parent like you. ...Read more

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What is the best way to sleep when u have degenerative disc. On ur back or belly or on ur side. And should I put a pillow under my back or my foot?

What is the best way to sleep when u have degenerative disc. On ur back or belly or on ur side. And should I put a pillow under my back or my foot?

How are you comfort: how are you comfortable. Back or side may be the best, other than that what fits your comfort. Where is the degenerative disc? Neck, thoracic vertebrae, lumbar area? You need to discuss with your physician about your symptoms. Despite having the disc this may not be symptomatic and your symptoms may be something else. Check it out. ...Read more

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I always put my baby to sleep on his back, but he rolls over onto his stomach. He knows how to roll both ways. Can i leave him on his stomach?

I always put my baby to sleep on his back, but he rolls over onto his stomach.  He knows how to roll both ways.  Can i leave him on his stomach?

Sleep: If he is older than 6 months i would not worry too much about the problem of sids. If he sleeps on his stomach, no harm done. If he is a newborn or slightly older you might try swaddling him. ...Read more

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My baby is 5 months old 4 weeks early etc, she constantly rolls over on her stomach to sleep i put her on her back, but she wont stay should I worry?

My baby is 5 months old 4 weeks early etc, she constantly rolls over on her stomach to sleep i put her on her back, but she wont stay should I worry?

Sleeping: By five months she has become mature enough so that you dont have to worrr about sids also there is less of a problem of sids during the summer months. ...Read more

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My 5m2w baby is put to sleep on her back but right away changes her position to be on her stomach. I change her when I'm awake but worry when I sleep.

My 5m2w baby is put to sleep on her back but right away changes her position to be on her stomach. I change her when I'm awake but worry when I sleep.

No worries...: Healthy babies in America are recommended to sleep alone (face up until able to roll over, then whatever babies want) in a safe bassinet or crib, from the time they are born. It is not possible nor advisable to constantly watch a baby nor be with a baby while he is sleeping (parents need their rest!). No worries... as what shall be shall be. Parents should not hover over their children too much. ...Read more

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4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

4 month old baby started rolling on stomach in sleep and is sleeping more comfortably. Will he turn head to side? Sometimes hes face down in matress.

Two issues: First, I never worry about whether a baby shifts their position at night when they have the physical ability to role. Second, since SIDS is associated with belly sleeping, I don't put them down on their belly for the first year. Yes they can turn their head, and we belly slept babies up until 1992 when the back to sleep movement began. Since then we have seen a 40% decline in SIDS ...Read more