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Stomach VS Back sleeping.

I listened to my books and my midwife about my son sleeping on his back, because of the risk of SIDS. After he turned a month old, I couldn't keep him on his back to save my life, I tried the pillows that are made to keep babies on their backs, and even those didn't work. So now, at 6 months old, he sleeps on his stomach, and he's the most comfortable, whereas, on his back, he tossed and turned all night. He has very good control of his head, and has never had a problem on his stomach. Does anyone else have a picky sleeper?

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Asked by lynnseyfaye at 3:06 PM on Apr. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • My daughter from 3 days old would not sleep on her back, she always slept on her side. She is now 7 months and sleeps however she wants which is usually her side or stomach.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 3:08 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I was. I still sleep on my stomach. My son prefered his back and still does.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 3:09 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I do, my son will do nothing but sleep on his stomach...peroid the end!!! And I let him thats how he's comfy!

    Answer by rebel07 at 3:10 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • Now I know I'm not the only one! I get so many bad responses to that question when I ask other mothers in person, they call me a bad mother for putting him at risk for suffocation! Thank you guys.

    Answer by lynnseyfaye at 3:12 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • Once babies start rolling over, they don't usually stay in one position anyway. Up until about 3 months, I always put my son on his back, but once he was rolling he went on his stomach a lot... and his reflux got a TON better when he slept on his stomach anyway. He'll be a year old on Thursday and he sleeps on his belly about 90% of the time. Putting them on their backs is just recommended, especially when they are really little.

    Answer by parkersmama08 at 3:18 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I put my son on his back until he was able to flip on his own (around 6 months). He's almost 9 months now and sleeps on his belly with his cute little butt in the air.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 3:23 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I know some people who put their children down on their tummy just because they sleep lots better. If it works for your child then I wouldn't worry about it, especially if he's turning himself.

    Answer by julipickle2 at 3:32 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • I had to let mine sleep on her tummy at 2 weeks old. She simply would NOT sleep on her back or side. The sleep positioners you describe actually increase the risk of SIDS.

    Yes, back is safeest. But it's not for every baby.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 3:59 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • My children would not sleep on their backs. When my son was born we tried to make him stay on his back with the positioners, etc...nothing worked. He woke up constantly. We gave in at about 2 weeks and let him sleep on his stomach.  He slept a lot better, and we didn't have any problems. 

    There is always a debate as to which way is better.  I think that as long as your baby is able to control his head, he should be fine. 

    Both of my children have been tummy sleepers, and are both happy and healthy toddlers. 

    Best of luck to you!


    Answer by NewMommyin06 at 4:05 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

  • my 6 week old sleeps on her side and has since about day 4. She likes it that way, She didnt sleep very well on her back and when I tried her side, she did better. I am a tummy/side sleeper and can not stand to sleep on my back. babies have their own comfort zones like adults.

    Answer by vickwu at 5:43 PM on Apr. 13, 2009

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