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Sleep back belly or side??

i have heard so many right ways i just dont know?

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Amanda2430

Asked by Amanda2430 at 12:06 AM on May. 8, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Back is what they tell you now. On the belly puts the baby at a higher risk of suffocating when they are little.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • When my son was a baby he was put to sleep on his side or back. He was more comfortable on his side with a small blanket rolled up at his back so he stayed put. There are soooooo many opinions on this matter I am sure you will get a lot of answers, but side sleeping worked for us more than any other sleep position.
    KTMOM

    Answer by KTMOM at 12:09 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Belly or side is good side is the best. sleeping on back they can choke on spit up sleeping on stomach causes sids. so side is best. But if you get an incline that helps for laying on the back.
    KM52mom

    Answer by KM52mom at 12:09 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Back sleeping is best.
    While the risk of SIDS is very low, having your baby sleep on his back cuts that risk in half.
    Side sleeping and belly sleeping don't do that.

    However, if your baby will not sleep on his back (many babies with reflux won't), then you have to weigh the low risk of SIDS against the harm of sleep deprivation on your child (and you).

    Other things that can cut the risk of SIDS:
    leaving a fan on in the room
    no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or bumper pads in the crib
    do not use a sleep positioner to force your baby to sleep one way or the other - these count as pillows.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:11 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • the doctors and the american academy of pediatrics recomends back to sleep. so doctors recommend that when you put baby down you put baby on their backs, if they roll over in their sleep than that is fine, but until then they are supposed to sleep on their backs
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 12:11 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • put them to sleep on their back. Usually they end up on their side or stomachs, but thats okay (for some reason, I dont know why).
    serioussifL

    Answer by serioussifL at 12:13 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • And KM52mom is wrong. The old thought of "spit up causes SIDS" is VERY old. It has actually been proven wrong. Babies who die of SIDS have a genetic defect that affects the function of their brain stem. When these babies are in a position that prevents breathing or causes them to start inhaling their own exhaled breath, they don't thrash and wake up like normal babies. They simply stay asleep and die. That's why you shouldn't use pillows or blankets - those increase the risk of suffocation and that's why you put them on their back - so they can't get trapped face down on their mattress.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:14 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Well it has changed over the years, but now they say back sleeping is the safest, and it makes sense!
    robinann5

    Answer by robinann5 at 12:19 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • well yes i was told to put him to sleep on his back but my son is 6 months n hes been sleeping on his stomach since he was 2 months
    michele101183

    Answer by michele101183 at 12:28 AM on May. 8, 2009

  • Back.
    mamofive

    Answer by mamofive at 12:29 AM on May. 8, 2009

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