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    Default How to help a rolling 6-month old fall asleep?

    My DS is 6 months old. He's begun constantly rolling onto his face when we put him to sleep for naps and at night. I realise this is normal so it doesn't freak me out too much, I just frequently check to make sure he's breathing!

    We used to put him to sleep with his dummy (which would fall out while asleep) and we would wrap his arms in a muslin wrap. We could walk out of the room and he would sleep all night, no worries.

    I spoke to the Child & Maternal Health Line this morning about him rolling on his face and she said no dummy and no wrap since he's rolling now. I can understand this but these two things have been pivotal up to this point in getting DS to sleep. Now he rolls around and cries and is very irritable when we put him down without the wrap & dummy. It takes about two hours to send him off to sleep.

    Will this get better? Any suggestions on making it easier? At this point I feel the only option is just get through it and hope he gets used to it.

    Thanks!

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    I saw a CHN about my 5 month old doing just this too! She is a private CHN, so somethimes has somewhat different advice to other CHN's.
    Anyway, she suggested, no wrap, but dummy is ok. Once they roll onto their belly, if they wont settle on their own, a firm hand on their shoulder and one on their nappy (not patting), and they will cry for a bit, but when they start to settle, stick the dummy in, and voila they should go to sleep.
    She also suggested cot bumpers, so when they're rolling arond in the night they feel more comfortable and secure.... but I'm not sure what sids say about cot bumpers...

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    I'm not sure why she said no dummy I'v never heard of a parent who took the dummy away specifically because of rolling. If that helped him sleep and you are happy to keep using it, I would give him his dummy back.

    As for wrapping, maybe a sleeping bag would help him feel more secure and its not a safety concern.

    My 5month old has just started rolling onto her tummy consistantly but she doesn't like it much and I'm expecting sleep issues like yours soon too.

    Good luck

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    My DS starting to sleep on his stomach from 3 months cause it was the only way he would sleep for more then 20 mins. When he started rolling they suggested to me that I just wrap him with one arm out. I bought him a swaddle wrap which let him feel secure but because of the material is a little. Stretchy he could still life his head up.

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    DS is 7 months old now and was rolling around at 6 months. I'd put him in a sleeping bag, give him a dummy and let him fall asleep. Why'd she say he shouldn't have a dummy?

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    Thanks for your suggestions. I will try them. The nurse suggested no dummy because DS sleeps on his face and the dummy can press into his nose and block breathing. I have him sleeping in a sleeping bag but when he has his hands free, he knocks his dummy out and can't settle.

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    @LittleBug's, I tried the firm hand on his shoulder and bum and it seemed to calm him. He's asleep (albeit 1.5 hours later than usual) but we did it without wrap & dummy!

    I will keep in mind giving him his dummy and maybe sneak it out if he starts pressing his face into the mattress.

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    Oh it's so scary when they're so little.. My daughter slept in grow bags.. I also used to tuck her in by using a cot sheet folded neatly length ways to form a wide belt... Placed over baby's mid/lower section and tuck into sides of cot.. Can squeeze a handtowel down each side to secure also.. I did this when she got to about 6months and started to wriggle around a lot..

    I found it a huge help in keeping her safely on her back and in one spot as she was a wriggler.

    Can't remember if I read it in a book or was told to do it..

    Sorry..

    But it worked for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VintageLover View Post
    Oh it's so scary when they're so little.. My daughter slept in grow bags.. I also used to tuck her in by using a cot sheet folded neatly length ways to form a wide belt... Placed over baby's mid/lower section and tuck into sides of cot.. Can squeeze a handtowel down each side to secure also.. I did this when she got to about 6months and started to wriggle around a lot..

    I found it a huge help in keeping her safely on her back and in one spot as she was a wriggler.

    Can't remember if I read it in a book or was told to do it..

    Sorry..

    But it worked for me!
    Same here, I am using a muslin tucked in really tightly to keep my DS on his back. I check him a few times a night and tuck it in again if it has started to get loose. Seems to be working so far.

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    Tried a hand on the shoulder and hand on his nappy and it worked again for his morning nap. I put him down on his back but he immediatly rolls to his front so I leave him there and settle with my hands on him. I remove my hands as soon as he starts to drift so he's not completely asleep when I leave the room. So far this has worked three times! Still no wrap & no dummy so this might be the best thing for us, which is great. But now he's started waking in the night around 4am! Don't know if this has anything to do with rolling but it's coinciding with it...


 

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