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Please tell me it's safe for an 8 month old to sleep on their stomach

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Helgathehairy Mon 21-Apr-14 22:33:09

DD is having her most peaceful sleep EVER lying on her tummy. It's safe at this age isn't it?

TheNightIsDark Mon 21-Apr-14 22:36:52

Mine all did it. You would have to spend 24 hours a day awake to stop them once they're rolling!

DS2 is 7 months and sleeps much better on his stomach.

kaymondo Mon 21-Apr-14 22:38:41

The advice is that it's okay once they can roll themselves - so put them down on their back and if they choose to roll, leave them to it!

Both of mine slept on their tummy as soon as they worked out how to roll over.

morethanpotatoprints Mon 21-Apr-14 22:44:36

I was advised different with all 3 of ours grin

Ds1 22 back. Ds2 19 side. (Definitely not back, we don't do it like that now) DD 10 side.

No more dc but seems like it is back again now.

Sorry, don't know OP

Helgathehairy Mon 21-Apr-14 22:46:18

Well she's a little rolling machine so it should be safe!

She's been a terrible sleeper for the last 2 months but tonight I accidentally flipped her onto her tummy and she was out like a light and has barely moved in 3 hours!

Ratbagcatbag Mon 21-Apr-14 22:46:58

Dd now 13 months tummy slept from five weeks. Had a monitor until around six months. Now rolls everywhere anyway. smile

fuckwitteryhasform Mon 21-Apr-14 22:47:20

Dd3 has been rolling onto her front to sleep since she was 4 months. 6 months now and happily asleep on her front. She can raise her head, get onto all fours, crawl, I'm fairly sure all of those things negate cot death risk from front sleeping. Once they roll there's not much you can do to stop them!

mousmous Mon 21-Apr-14 22:49:10

can she roll over herself? then no probs and I wouldn't worry.
dc slept on his tummy from 4 months old, had a nasty itchy skin infection and tummy sleeping gave him (and me!) some relief.

Hamnvik Sat 26-Apr-14 11:52:03

My DS slept on his tummy as soon as he could roll which was 14 weeks. I'm sure by 7 months they will be fine, relax and enjoy the sleep!

Gileswithachainsaw Sat 26-Apr-14 11:57:51

Dd 2 slept on her tummy from a month old. I'd have killed to have her wait til 8m grin

It's fine! smile she can roll over

ilovepowerhoop Sat 26-Apr-14 12:01:10

once they reach 6 months they can find their own sleeping position. I would still put her down for her sleep on her back and leave her to sleep as she wishes

AnnieLobeseder Sat 26-Apr-14 12:03:05

Once they can roll it's fine. Though that being said, both of mine slept on their tummies pretty much from birth because they wouldn't sleep more than 10 minutes on their backs and I figured I was more of a danger to them from sleep deprivation than the danger of tummy sleeping.

PurplePidjin Sat 26-Apr-14 12:08:47

DS refused to be put down on his back. Woke within seconds absolutely howling even from a deep milky-cuddle sleep. I eventually gave up when he was about a month old because I figured it was safer for him to sleep like that (no other SIDS risks) than for me to drive having spent all night with him on my chest. He went from total crib refusal to sleeping 6-7 hours in one hit after his evening cluster feed, just like magic.

HV said as long as they can turn their heads and you bear in mind that they run slightly warmer on their fronts it's ok - and agreed that it was better than the sheer hell of trying to force the issues when there was such a simple solution.

He's now 17m and still sleeps like it!

Nothing is ever totally risk free, you need to weigh up the odds of something dreadful happening and try and minimise anything that might contribute thanks

Helgathehairy Sat 26-Apr-14 19:50:08

purple that was/is DD exactly. It was the reason I started co-sleeping. I can't put her down on her back, she wouldn't roll to her front, she'd just start screaming. When I put her on her front I rub her back and she's out like a light (after feeding to sleep)

PurplePidjin Sat 26-Apr-14 19:58:48

Guidelines are all very well, but they often forget that babies are actually little people with their own likes, dislikes and preferences. I sure as fuck don't sleep in exactly the same way as everyone else on the planet - nor do I like the same food or wear the same style clothes. So why is it a shock to some people (as in the ones that make and/or impose these "rules", not anyone on here!) when a brand new person does their own thing?! <end of rant>

Anyhow, stop worrying it's fine. And if, God forbid, it's not fine, it still wouldn't be your fault thankswine

Reiltin Sat 26-Apr-14 20:04:07

My 10mo has started doing that. Freaks me out. But she keeps her head to the side. Except one time her head was into the mattress and she was still fine!

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