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My 6 month old DD is showing a definate preference for tummy sleeping! Her head is always laid so that her mouth and nose are free but I'm still worried! I put her down on her back and leave the room and when I check on get she's usually on her tummy. When she sleeps like this she has long sleeps compared to short ones on her back. Should I be re-positioning her? I hate disturbing her!
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It is such a hard question to answer due to SIDS recommendations so I will just tell u my experience and u can judge for urself.
I would always swaddle Ds with his arms sucked in from birth. From about 3 mo he would roll onto his tummy while sleeping. This was every time. Given his young age and the fact that his arms were tucked I had to stop swaddling so that if he rolled onto his tummy he could use his arms to lift and position his head.
From then on he ALWAYS rolled into his tummy and slept really well.
We then made extra sure that there was absolutely nothing that could be of danger to him in his cot.
My Ds never vomited and had very strong neck muscles from a young age. But if he had reflux I would have got him something to stop him rolling.
He has always slept well on his tummy.
DD isn't swaddled she is in a wrap ms up, so like a zip up wrap but she can move her arms in it.
Last night I didn't move her from her tummy and she slept 5pm-6am! In her cot with only 2 wake ups! That is so incredible for her, she normally wakes every hour after 2am and screams for hours. She is such a good sleeper on her tummy
DD has always been a tummy sleeper from basically birth. She's always slept longer and more content on her tummy so we've just left her. I would just leave your DD. She's putting herself in that position so obviously she's strong enough to move around.
Ds was similar. He loves sleeping on his tummy, and when he was younger it scared me to bits.
SIDS advise putting to sleep on back, but if they move themselves, then they are strong enough to cope fine. If you move her onto her back, she'll move onto tummy again in no time. She'll be fine.
I agree with pp though, she needs to have arms out to maneuver.
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Both my 2 were tummy sleepers DS from day one and DD as soon as she could roll!
With DD I rolled her over a few times but it woke/disturbed her and meant less sleep for everyone so I ensured that she had nothing in her cot that posed a SIDS risk but once they can roll they usually have the neck/upper body strength to keep safe!
With DS he has always slept much longer on his tummy so I wenth with it - I looked at some research and talked to my mum and there are some instances that even Drs will advise tummy sleeping including hip displasia and reflux so I went with my gut an let him tummy sleep once again with nothing else in the cot that pose a risk for SIDS!
anyhoo that is just my experience and as PP have said you have to make the decision.
same here :) well, mine always preferred side sleeping and because of his reflux it actually felt safer for me than the back. And to be honest I once said that if the alternative is him screaming and just being uncomfortable and unhappy I would let him sleep hanging from the sealing if this will make him sleep happily. :)
I personally don't see an issue with tummy sleeping if the baby opts for that position and is able to roll back over if need be. I would leave her alone to choose the most comfortable position herself, because that's the one she will get the best nights sleep in :yes:
DD has rolled alot, and since 6 months (the highest risk for SIDS) Ive just let her sleep how she wants.
We cosleep with a cot 'sidecar' against our bed, so she is arms reach, and will roll to me for a feed, then go back.
She had excellent rolling/neck/sitting/crawling control, so I figure as long as there are no hazards in the cot, she will be fine.
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