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Tummy sleeping DS keeps rolling into his back and can't roll back.

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SpaceDuck Tue 31-Jan-17 18:00:14

DS is 5 months old and has slept on his tummy since he was about 3/4 weeks old due to reflux and colic.

I really don't want a lecture on SIDS guidance and am fully aware of what is recommended but he literally would not (and still won't) sleep on his back no matter what I did so for the sake of saving my sanity and getting some sleep, have been putting him down to sleep on his tummy since then.

He dropped my feeds and started more or less sleeping through 7-7 at about 12 weeks. He would unsettle occasionally but would resettle immediately with his dummy.

Now, for the past 3 weeks he keeps rolling over onto his back in the night, and can't roll back. He will gargle and make cute noise for a bit but then screams until I roll him back over and give him his dummy. (I have tried leaving him for a few minutes to see if he will settle but he just screams more and more) He mostly settles back down and goes back to sleep within a few minutes when I roll him back. Some nights he only does it once or twice which I can cope with but last night it was every single hour on the hour sad he has only slept through 7-7, once in the past 3 weeks.

He's like it during the day too, will only tolerate being on his back on his play mat for so long until I roll him onto his front, but then he promptly rolls back 😫 I have tried to get him to practice rolling from back to front and he can do it with a little help but he can't do it fully on his own.

I know how lucky I've been up to now with him sleeping so well and it's only been a few weeks but I am getting so ratty because I just want my sleep back!!

Is this just a phase that will pass?

Does any one have any experiences, suggestions etc?

SpaceDuck Tue 31-Jan-17 18:01:40

Sorry that should of said dropped night feeds not my feeds!!

SpaceDuck Wed 01-Feb-17 15:46:41


ateapotandacake Thu 02-Feb-17 12:55:35

I'd wonder if it's just a bit of a phase? Now he can roll one way hopefully he'll learn to roll back again and you won't have to turn him? Try some daytime rolling encouragement to help it along maybe?

SpaceDuck Thu 02-Feb-17 13:58:10

I'm hoping it is just a phase!

He actually slept better last night and only rolled over when it was time to get up this morning so I'm hoping the novelty is wearing off now!

I've been trying to get him to do it whilst he's on his play mat but he's taking his time getting it...will have to keep trying!

StrawberryMummy90 Mon 06-Feb-17 08:12:22

My DD did this as well! Lots of tummy time during the day encouraging to roll on to back. Hopefully it's a phase don't worry.

Lules Mon 06-Feb-17 08:14:47

Mine did this (although it was back to front). It didn't last that long, although it was tiring while it did.

maxiflump1 Mon 06-Feb-17 08:15:19

My ds did this too for a couple of weeks. He will soon lean to roll back over by himself.

SpaceDuck Mon 06-Feb-17 10:06:56

Well, it's bloody typical that he hasn't done it since I started this thread 😂 Still trying to get him to roll back to front though but he just won't do it!

sycamore54321 Tue 07-Feb-17 05:56:36

Can you think about changing what he is wearing to sleep to see if it helps? If in a cumbersome sleeping bag or one with tighter legs, he may be less mobile and do less likely to roll in the first place Or vice versa, dress him to allow more mobility so more likely to roll back?

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