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When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

After 6-12 months: Parents should put babies down to sleep on their backs, not on their tummies. Younger babies can't roll over yet, so they tend to stay on their backs (which is good, since the younger babies have a higher chance of sids). Older babies are able to roll back and forth, and they are also less likely to die of sids. So, parents don't have to get up at night just to check their babies' positions. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it safe for my 2 1/2 month old daughter to sleep on her stomach if there is nothing in the crib in front of her face?

Is it safe for my 2 1/2 month old daughter to sleep on her stomach if there is nothing in the crib in front of her face?

No: Prone sleeping was the norm starting around the 1920's based on untested theories on safety.By the 1990's data had surfaced that pointed to it as a consistent factor in crib death (SIDS).Since the BACK TO SLEEP campaign in the 90's we have seen a 40% drop in SIDS cases.If you prone sleep your baby you are placing her at that risk. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep in recliner or propped during last weeks of preg? Sleep/laying solely on left side feels tiresome and achy. Belly is huge & heavy

Is it safe to sleep in recliner or propped during last weeks of preg? Sleep/laying solely on left side feels tiresome and achy. Belly is huge & heavy

Get comfortable: Grab some pillows and get comfortable in that recliner or any way that you can at 37 weeks. You have earned it! ...Read more

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I am 32 wks, we just moved but theres no bed. Is it safe to sleep on the hard wooden floor. I have excuriating pains under my belly, back & pelvic.

I am 32 wks, we just moved but theres no bed. Is it safe to sleep on the hard wooden floor. I have excuriating pains under my belly, back & pelvic.

Hard wooden floor: No it is not safe nor wise! If you can get the beds you will do, OK. If you cannot do that please see your doctor and there will be some way where you can find a reasonable bed. Yes, it will cost money but that could be over a fairly long time. ...Read more

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When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

Rolling over: Once a baby can roll over well, both directions, between his stomach and his back - this usually occurs by about age 6 months. Before this is true, babies should sleep only on their back to help prevent sids. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on your stomach a week after having a ceaseran?

Is it safe to sleep on your stomach a week after having a ceaseran?

Yes: As long as you are not uncomfortable, it should be safe. If the incision is not healing well or you have an infection, it might be best to protect the area. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Varies : I don't put them down on their bellies until after a year of age. After they begin to turn over on their own around 4-5 mo the stastical risk of crib death has declined & i don't wake them to re-position them. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I have an enlarged spleen/liver from infectious mononucleosis?

Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I have an enlarged spleen/liver from infectious mononucleosis?

Yes: Your body has quite a tolerance when it comes to illness & it would let you know if it didn't like sleeping on your belly by not allowing it. I'd avoid bicycle riding, jogging, or contact sports, anything where you could fall & traumatize both organs, until their swelling subsided. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my child to sleep on a vinyl air mattress?

Is it safe for my child to sleep on a vinyl air mattress?

Yes: And depends how old. If it is a baby it is best to keep him in a play yard or crib, if it is a child who is used to a bed it should be fine as long as it does not deflate. Always put a cotton sheet on it, so you child won´t get to hot. ...Read more