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To wonder how I can stick to guidelines on baby sleep

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BlinkMissed Sun 15-Jun-14 20:10:35

Lullaby trust states if baby rolls to their front then you must put them back on their back unless they can wails roll both ways.

My DD is 6 months old and can roll back to front but only seen her go front to back once (by mistake as well I think).

Lately during sleep she keeps rolling over, it's like as soon as I lay her down she can't wait to roll over so I am consistently rolling her nqck til she falls asleep.

Last couple days she rolls over during her sleep and I've woken to find her sleeping on front.

I'm obviously concerned about sids risk but AIBU to let her sleep on front even if she is unable to roll back? She has quite good head control and I think she's a strong baby.

What's the MNetters opinions on this one?
It really is tough being a new mum confused

AnyoneForTennis Sun 15-Jun-14 20:12:23

my opinion is you'll be up all night policing that I'd leave her to it!

Littlef00t Sun 15-Jun-14 20:13:58

I'd leave her to it. SIDS risk is highest 2-4 months and even then it is v low. Is she is a gro bag as I understand this can make rolling mor difficult?

cantbelievethisishppening Sun 15-Jun-14 20:18:22

Had same problem. GP nonplussed and said let her get on with it.

BlinkMissed Sun 15-Jun-14 20:21:52

Also I apologise for strange words in op
Iphone wants to make me look stupid I think

BertieBotts Sun 15-Jun-14 20:24:52

This is really recent advice and I'm not sure why it's changed. When it was FSID rather than The Lullaby Trust, they said to put them to sleep on their back and don't worry if they roll over by themselves, just make sure you don't put them down like that.

MummyKnight Sun 15-Jun-14 20:35:02

This worried me too when my DD was smaller (she's 19 months now), when she was in her Moses basket she couldn't roll over but when she went into her cot she rolled all the time. In the end I just left her to it so I could get some sleep. We have a monitor with a motion sensor as well so that stopped me worrying. It sounds an alarm if it doesn't sense breathing after 30 seconds, we still use it now!

buddles Sun 15-Jun-14 20:52:25

If my DS had rolled over by the time I checked on him before I went to bed I would move him back onto his back. If it happened during the night whilst I was asleep I didn't. Thinking back I don't think he rolled over in his sleep until after he was able to roll both ways.

Of course he slept in my room till he was 21 months and I still use the sensor pad now - he's 26 months tomorrow grin

BertieBotts Sun 15-Jun-14 20:58:41

They only changed their name in April, and there's a fair bit of publicity about the new name - google auto redirects, some stuff on twitter, lots of blog posts, but it feels... I don't know, less professional? For example their justgiving page says this (copied and pasted):

^The Lullaby Trust is the new name of FSID, the charity dedicated to saving babies’ lives.
We support families shattered by the death of a baby; promote expert advice on safer baby sleep; support research into why babies die suddenly and unexpectedly and campaign to prevent sudden infant death.^

The grammar is horrible, it's like they haven't bothered to check it over. Really unprofessional. I find it really odd?

Also I may have missed it, but I didn't see any publicity before the name change.

MammaTJ Sun 15-Jun-14 21:51:48

Make the baby read the guidelines every night before bed! grin

Just leave her to it.

DoItTooJulia Sun 15-Jun-14 21:55:51

I think this is a case of remembering that they are just guidelines. Follow them wherever you can, but you know your baby and ultimately it's up to you how you do things.

PickledinGin Sun 15-Jun-14 22:06:50

All babies eventually find their most comfortable position. If that means they want to turn onto tummy then so be it. Just make sure they are in the feet to foot position and they are not too hot or cold.

Oh and destroy any cot bumpers. IMO they should be illegal.

OlderMummy1 Sun 15-Jun-14 22:16:03

I have the same worry OP so I use a Safe T Sleep..... Basically velcros the baby on his/her back. My LOs have been very comfortable in it and I just stop using it once they can roll well both ways. Very good for peace of mind x

BertieBotts Sun 15-Jun-14 22:35:12

I would worry about something that restricted their natural movement, although at least it's not a suffocation hazard like a lot of sleep positioners are.

I think that cot death guidelines which are too prescriptive do more harm than good, they make parents too frightened to use their own common sense. Of course you can't keep turning the baby over all night. Just like it's impossible to keep their bedroom at 16 degrees through the height of summer. Try to relax, and remember that cot death is extremely rare, so rare that it's now impossible to do any more studies on it, because it occurs so infrequently.

jeanmiguelfangio Sun 15-Jun-14 22:37:01

My lo did exactly same, she would roll and I would spend all the time worrying. She was strong enough to move. Its so difficult to police now. My dd actually prefers to sleep on her side now, normally at the foot end of her crib.
There is always something to worry about being a parent smile

deakymom Sun 15-Jun-14 22:39:38

buy a mattress with holes like this in

whitepuddingsupper Sun 15-Jun-14 22:39:45

You can velcro a baby to the mattress? confused That's a new one on me.

I wouldn't worry about it OP, if she can get into that position she can get out again but I would echo the post about the cot bumpers, get a breathable one if you need one.

wheresthelight Sun 15-Jun-14 23:18:03

god knows because my dd wouldn't sleep on her back! she used to scream blue murder (and still does) if i put her on her back and yet would go straight out the second we tried to do tummy time. I gave up and 3 weeks and let her sleep on her tummy, she slept much better from that point, only waking every 4-5 hours for milk and slept through from 8 weeks. wouldn't recommend it without speaking to your hv so they can assess everything, but do whatever gets you and baby a decent kip!

nomorelostweekends Sun 15-Jun-14 23:30:26

DD2 slept atrociously on her front, waking some nights every 45 minutes. When she was about 4 months I nearly crashed the car twice in one week due to exhaustion. We were both in the car at the time. Then I put her on her front to sleep and hey presto, she started sleeping 3 hours at a time. I figured we were both much safer!

They are just guidelines for you to use to make a measured, sensible decision. Enjoy your beautiful baby, and your sleep smile

HauntedNoddyCar Sun 15-Jun-14 23:40:18

You can buy breathing monitors. SCBU suggested we have one as ds was prem AND had reflux so he only slept at all on his front.

If you're 30 quids worth of worried then that's the problem sorted.

crazykat Mon 16-Jun-14 00:09:47

I'd leave her or you'll never sleep. Jut make sure there's no loose blankets or sheets.

My dd1 slept on her front from 4 weeks old out of sheer desperation as it was the only way she would sleep for more than 10 minutes. Once she could roll she would move onto her back.

My other DCs always slept on their back until 5/6 months when they'd roll onto their fronts and still do at 5, 3 and 20 months.

lozster Mon 16-Jun-14 00:14:49

Oh gosh - I had this conundrum too. Don't worry - it will pass very quickly as your baby will soon be able to go both ways. Meantime, I did as another poster has mentioned. If my ds had rolled before I went to sleep I would move him. Then he was left for the night to his own devices! You can't do much else really! I also took all teddies etc out of the cot and he was in a gro bag to minimise risk. I understand your anxiety and your puzzlement- I was the same!

meganorks Mon 16-Jun-14 03:55:54

Just leave her. They sleep much better on their front.

Chipandspuds Mon 16-Jun-14 07:02:34

DS started rolling to sleep on his front at 4 months old and he slept sooo much better! I was terrified and rolled him onto his back and went to the health visitor ASAP. The health visitor said that if you put them to sleep on their backs and they roll onto their fronts they can roll out of danger so don't worry!

BlackeyedSusan Mon 16-Jun-14 07:42:57

I have a thing in the loft that stops baby rolling over... two rolls of soft sponge with a gap in between for baby to lie in. they are supposed not to be able to roll. not sure if they are still recomended. we never used it.

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