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    Default 5 month old sleeping on side

    Hi there. I havent really posted anything in a while but am interested in others views as to what to do. My son is 5 months old and the last few days and nights he has started to roll to his side to sleep. He has been busting out of his wrap around midnight for a couple of weeks now so thought it might be the right time to transition him to a sleeping bag...WRONG! He slept for a total of 40 minutes today when i left one arm out and once i rewrapped him with a bit of resetteling he went back to sleep for another hour. Sleeping wrapped is definately his prefetence but at night i cant monitor him like i can during the day. Sorry for babbeling my question is should i leave him wrapped even though he has started sleeping on his side? When i say wrapped I mean arms up like and angel. He is only rolling from belly to back not the other way round yet. TIA

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    If he sleeps best wrapped then I'd probably try to find a safe way to keep him wrapped for now. Can you roll a small hand towel to pop in front of his body once he's on his side? That might prevent him from rolling completely onto his stomach. My dd was a side sleeper from the moment she could roll too.

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    Thanks @BettyV might try that

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    Maybe contact Sids and see what they suggest.

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    I would say the opposite (disagreeing Bettys here!!) - if he's starting to roll then he won't stop. You may need to give it a few nights of him with arms out (unfortunately with kinda rubbish sleep probably) to get him used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BettyW View Post
    I would say the opposite (disagreeing Bettys here!!) - if he's starting to roll then he won't stop. You may need to give it a few nights of him with arms out (unfortunately with kinda rubbish sleep probably) to get him used to it.
    Fair enough. 😊 I can see the wisdom of Betty's words. I guess I was being a little more lax because the op seemed to suggest bub's arms are up so I would expect he'd be able to push up to lift his head if he did roll onto his tummy.
    Op, I should have added that after a few weeks (can't remember the timeline clearly) I did end up transitioning dd completely out of her swaddle so I didn't have to worry. It took a horrible 10 nights but it was worth it in the end to know her arms were free.

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    Default 5 month old sleeping on side

    My 5mth old loved the arms up Love to Dream wrap but I needed to get her out into a bag. Two nights of crap sleep and now she's fine. My logic is you've gotta do it sometime right?!

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    Just butting in. My 8wk old sleeps on her side. I wrap her but keep her arms out as she likes to suck her hands. She has been doing this for just under a week and her sleep is great. Overnight she does 10-12hrs with just one feed around the 8hr mark.

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    Thanks all for the opinions. Appreciate the responses.

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    I wouldn't leave him wrapped. If he's getting out of the wrap, then it is just going to be loose in his cot which would be a sids risk. Once they are able to re-position themselves in their sleep it is fine to just leave them how they are. Lay him down on his back to start with but then if he rolls over on his own don't stress about it. It's ok at that age to let them sleep how they choose. It is unlikely that he will get himself into a position that would be dangerous for him.

    Give him a week or so and he might be used to his sleeping bag. The transition out of wrapping can take a while.


 

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