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My son is 5 months old. He refuses to sleep on his back and i constantly worry about SIDS. He can roll over by himself completely, so should I worry so much? Or will he be ok on his stomach?

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Asked by briyeti at 10:30 PM on Jul. 18, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I wouldn't worry too much. I've always heard that at the point they can roll over on their own they're going to know to roll over or move their head if they hit a breathing problem. The only reason that may not happen is if whatever is blocking their breathing is preventing them from moving away from it. My son has been rolling over since he was about 4 months, he's 5 months now, he always sleeps on his tummy. I lay him on his back but he immediately rolls over, nothing I can do about it, not even one of those positioner things will work for him.

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 10:36 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • we let our daughter sleep on her tummy since she was 2 months old. we just kept an eye on her. she would not sleep any other way.

    Answer by addiraesmommy at 10:49 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • My son is the same way, he is also 5 months. He started sleeping exclusively on his stomach at 3 months. This was also the time that he was rolling over. SIDS is something children are at risk for until at least 12 months. Or that is what everything on SIDS says. Even if babies can roll over, laying on their stomach they can get up next to something and breathe in their carbon dioxide, which can make them become weaker and not as llikely to roll themselves over. I have heard that the risk does go down after they learn to roll over. It is pretty scary though. I was just looking stuff up on this a few days ago.

    Answer by TeaAndrews at 10:50 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • ok my little girl selpt on her back since she came home, she just would not sleep any other way. she is now 19 months old and still does.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:59 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • i wouldnt worry at all both my kids slept on there bellys they are fine

    Answer by chopperchic1012 at 11:17 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • Once he can roll over, the risk of SIDS drops greatly. Just put him down on his back and let him get comfy any way he wants.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:35 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • my 4 month old sleeps on his tummy too!
    he can roll over so i dont worry much..
    alot of babies sleep on thier tummies, more than you'd think!

    Answer by .Kelly. at 11:49 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • I heard once they can roll over by them selves you the risk for sids decreases

    Answer by GraciesMom52407 at 8:41 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

  • well, i started sleeping my twins on their bellies at 8 weeks... OH NO! well, if i wanted them to sleep--and if i wanted to get any sleep---i did what i had to. I had them close to me until i felt like comfortable that they could handle it....and after a week or so i put them in their own cribs.... also, try a boppy. Let him go to sleep elevated and then move him if you can...just something different. :) good luck.

    Answer by jsks826 at 9:21 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

  • The risk of SIDS is not as likely after 5 months, so your baby should be fine, my sone is now sleeping on his tummy, and he prefers it better, he sleeps longer

    Answer by yrkt27 at 9:42 AM on Jul. 20, 2008

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