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How do i get my 10 week old daughter to sleep on her back in the crib?

She refuses to sleep on her back she will lay there and cry.. but when you put her in the bouncer she will go to sleep or her swing. Is it okay that she does that. She doesnt even like to just lay on her back for more than 10 minutes. I just hope im not doing something wrong. :(


Asked by cindyodopson at 10:10 AM on Apr. 19, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • maybe she likes to be angled, try a pillow or a wedge under her mattress on one side.

    Answer by SabrenaLeigh at 10:24 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • at walmart they have these little things you put inthe crib to stop them from rolling over it helps with back sleeping , i used one with my son and we are gonan use one with our daughter, its liek apiece of fabric with two foam cone looking things one on each side lol sorry i cant forthe life of me remember what they call it .

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 10:14 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Since my daughter was about a week old she has preferred to sleep on her side, and at 11 months old she still does. Maybe try propping her up like Sabrena suggested.

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 10:43 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • that thing i mentioned works for side sleepers to you just have to unvelcro(SP) one of the sides and turn it it was like 12 dollars the one we got

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 11:01 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Swaddle her in a "Swaddle me" blanket (Babies R Us) or a Miracle Blanket (available on-line). Neither of my daughters would ever sleep on their backs until around 6 months without one of these, they worked like a charm. (It's worth a try even if you think your baby doesn't like being swaddled... we thought this too with our first because she fussed a lot when swaddled at around 1 week old, but around 8 weeks we tried again and after a brief cry (like 15 SECONDS) she would go right out.)

    Answer by EmilySusan at 11:19 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Swaddle or try to prop her up a little bit thats the only way my daughter would sleep on her back. they have this awesome thing call the sleep nanny and its a litle bed like thing you can prop them up with

    Answer by sarabeth1 at 11:30 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • I agree with the other moms about propping her up and using sleep positioners. Our pediatrician advised us of those things because, oddly enough, or son had heartburn. If babies lie flat on their backs, it can make the heartburn worse, so getting a wedge will help with that, and if she's still having problems, be sure to talk to your doctor. They can prescribe her infant heartburn medication. The sleep positioner will help her feel more secure, like the bouncer does. I think it was Target that we found a propping wedge that had a sleep positioner attached. Good luck!!

    Answer by ktrog at 11:51 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • We have to prop our 5 week old daughter up too. She only sleeps flat on her back when she's extremely exhausted. She loves being propped up or sleeping on her side, which she's done since day 1.

    Answer by jmpeskie at 2:54 PM on Apr. 19, 2009