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Sleeping on her front?

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Smittals Wed 27-Jun-07 09:01:59

After 6 months of religiously making sure DD sleeps on her back, she has started to roll over and sleep either on her front or on her side. She is in a wide cot bed but even so this usually means her face is pressed down close to the side bars. No cot bumper but I'm still a bit concerned, especially as she has a cold and so her breathing is not as easy as usual. Is it normal for babies to get to a point where they prefer not to do 'back sleeping'? Can I just assume if she's doing this herself it's OK, or should I be checking often to try and avoid it? It seems to happen usually in the last part of sleep from about 4am onwards.

ScoobyC Wed 27-Jun-07 09:55:20

Hi, my ds has slept on his front ever since he was able to roll over. I did really worry about it to start with, but it does seem to be really common - he is at nursery and I've seen loads of the other babies sleeping on their fronts too.
As I understand it now your dd is older/bigger sleeping on her front is not the issue it was when she was a newborn.
In any case, not sure how you can stop her doing it, (I did used to try to put ds back on his side (he would never sleep on his back), but he would just roll over again) so I guess just make sure (as you have) that there is nothing she can get her face pressed in to.

Lizzer Wed 27-Jun-07 10:17:48

Smittals, I'm not totally sure but I thought that if they can roll both ways then its ok, but check with your hv first...

Seona1973 Wed 27-Jun-07 13:39:38

official advice from SIDS website is:

My baby keeps rolling onto the front. What should I do?

If your baby is less than six months old and you find him sleeping on his tummy, gently turn him onto his back. Don’t feel you need to keep getting up all night to check on this. After six months, babies can usually roll onto their backs themselves, so leave him to find his own position. Whatever your babies age, always place them to sleep on the back.

Both my dd and ds have ended up sleeping on their tummy as soon as they were able to roll over - luckily it was around the 6 month mark so less worries about it.

hana Wed 27-Jun-07 13:40:29

my 3 have always slept on their tummies as soon as they could flip over, and they still do! baby is 9 months

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