Our little one is 5.5 months old and has just started rolling but hates being on her tummy (despite our perseverance of daily tummy time since day 1).

She has always been a good overnight sleeper but since she's learnt this new skill, she's been wanting to sleep on her side (even though we put her to bed on her back) and then wakes up crying and grumpy during the night when she rolls and finds herself on her belly.

Short of getting up numerous times during the night and helping her flip back over, how can I assist her to sleep better without hindering her development?

Note: she sleeps in baby sleeping bags overnight and is swaddled during the day

asked 02 Dec '09, 03:26

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edited 14 Dec '09, 01:36

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Oh I remember that phase. I was so happy when our daughter finally learned to flip herself back over onto her back from her tummy in her sleep too.

(04 Dec '09, 00:08) Tammy ♦♦

You should prevent really small children from rolling to their stomachs in the first place. You can buy baby sleep positioners to accomplish this. We had one as a baby gift, but when it needed cleaning a few times we found that a pair of rolled up towels works just as well.


answered 02 Dec '09, 22:14

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According to KidsHealth, sleeping on the stomach is perfectly acceptable once babies start rolling reliably on their own - they say 4-7 months. http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sleep/sids.html

(02 Dec '09, 22:49) ceejayoz

+1 for ceejayoz - I have been told the same too

(02 Dec '09, 22:57) Lin

In this situation though, since it is disrupting the baby's sleep, the blocks would be good idea.

(02 Dec '09, 23:35) mkcoehoorn

+1 for the tip on the rolled towels! it worked for most of the night and she got a good solid sleep, only managing to roll over it in the morning. Saved us some $ too rather than buying positioners that we'll only use for a short time

(14 Dec '09, 21:32) Lin

We too used a sleep positioner and it worked like a charm


answered 03 Dec '09, 16:13

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With our first, who like swaddling, we just swaddled her at night too.


answered 03 Dec '09, 23:37

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