My 4 month old daughter rolls onto her belly during sleep. She seems content sleeping like that, but I have been told that due to SIDS babies should sleep on their backs or sides for the first year.
When I put her down to sleep, I always place her on her back or side, but during the night she rolls on her belly on her own. When I move her to her side or back she wakes up and it takes a long time for her to fall back asleep. I am worried about my baby sleeping on her belly, but I don’t know what more to do about it. Any advise?
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Baby Sleeps On Belly After Rolling Over – What To Do?
In the best of worlds, your baby should sleep on her back during the first year, due to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, once your baby starts rolling over and hence chooses for herself how to sleep, there isn’t much you can do!
Of course, you could set the alarm clock and turn her over, but chances are she will roll back to belly sleeping within a split second. Or, as in your baby’s case, wake up and have troubles going back to sleep again. That won’t work for any of you!
Instead, make sure you take all precautionary steps possible to minimize the risk of SIDS. Take away any pillows and blankets and make sure you use a firm mattress in her crib. For a list of SIDS prevention tips click here.
Also, mention your situation for your daughter’s health care provider, to discuss any particular precautions suitable for your baby.
Since you are worried, it might be nice for you to know that 80% of all cases of SIDS occur for babies younger than 6 months old. The risk is highest when the baby is between 3 and 4 months old and then it falls rapidly.
I wish you good luck!
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